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Pac-10 Pride - De File
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Pac-10 Pride
I'm happy that both Washington and UCLA advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Perhaps the Huskies were blessed in the free-throw department, but the Bruins shot less than the Crimson Tide to compensate. And UCLA missed enough of the ones they had to pay back the rest of the karma with interest. I'm really looking forward to that Gonzaga-UCLA game Thursday. It's a shame that I will probably miss most of it sitting on a plane headed, ironically enough, for the City of Dirty Angels. Now if only the Wildcats can prevail over the Wildcats tomorrow, in a tautology with a lot of philosophical resonance, the vindication of my undersung league will be complete.

And, no, I'm not overly sad that my own Bears lost. They were playing a team that was slated for a 4 or 5 seed only a few weeks before and the game was tied with a minute to go. Given that they were easily the weakest on paper of the Pac-10 teams in the tournament and that the Wolfpack has a reputation for defending post players like Leon Powe extremely well, I really can't complain. Now if Ben Braun can only find a shooters camp a la Pete Newell's big man camp to send his guards too, while simultaneously convincing Leon Powe to come back for one more year and improve his medium-range game and ball handling, next year could be something special for my Bears. In the meantime, I will content myself with rooting for our Baby Bear cousins to the south, who share our fight song and colors, albeit in etiolated form. Besides, I have friends tangled up with Westwood, from elizabeg and yourbestfiend to a certain resident of Pasadena and, for the moment, his soon-to-be-ex colleague whose Panthers struggled valiantly today but were overmatched by Florida. Go Bruins! Go Huskies! Go Cats!

Mode: reasonably pacific

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frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: March 19th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I read that the Cats played their best ball of the season.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 19th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Easily. If they think for more than twenty minutes, they can beat many teams.
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: March 19th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Tangled, definitely. But etiolated?! At least these are some pretty damn good friends you're talking about :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 19th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
As in, "baby"-hued powder blue is an etiolated form of the robust deep blue of the Bruins ancestors up north. . . :-)
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: March 19th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh alright :)

It's just that in my head I'm thinking pastey pale and sickly. But then, you know, I'm doing my taxes. Trying to prove my poverty-line. Etc.
yourbestfiend From: yourbestfiend Date: March 19th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
baby bear says:

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 19th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Baby bears are so fetching in their babyosity!
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: March 20th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
four fucking points. goddamnit.

i was hoping i wouldn't have to say 'next year' till next week.

From: pants007 Date: March 20th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Go Panthers indeed! I think I'm more proud of them than I am of anyone else. Sorry to see the Bears go, but Powe'll be back and they have room to grow.

This was always going to be a bad season for the Wildcats; guess I'm stuck rooting for Georgetown now...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 20th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Georgetown looked great. I thought Arizona played great in both games. Villanova is a real tough match-up in the tournament. All those fast guards who can make free throws.
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