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Why We Watch
The shot of UAB's Mo Finley on his knees, face down on the folding metal chair on his team's "bench," after he made the go-ahead basket and again, after Kentucky missed their last shot -- that is why we watch the NCAA tournament.

I don't know what he was thinking. I only know what he was doing. I only know he was overcome.

And the beautiful passing sequence by UAB that led to Finley's shot, followed by the fake he put on Kentucky's Chuck Hayes gave me goosebumps too.

You have to love it when a player does the right thing -- faking a three, opting for the open fifteen footer -- instead of the rote thing.

With the exception of Syracuse, all the teams I care about for personal and Pac-10 reasons have already departed the tournament.

But seeing Xavier and UAB stick it to the SEC is almost as much fun as watching one of "my" teams triumph. Or, rather, it's a different, purer fun, not compromised by a self-interest that sometimes has me rooting against the underdog.

It's better to go with the flow of feeling.

For Frodo, man. For Frodo.

Mode: exhaling
Muse: Underdogs - The Coup - Steal This Double Album

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masoo From: masoo Date: March 22nd, 2004 02:12 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well said ... go with the flow. I'm first and foremost a fan of "my" teams, and next I'm a fan of whatever team is playing my hated rivals. Beyond that, I just start watching and discover over the course of the game who I'm rooting for. Sometimes it's individual play, sometimes it's an underdog, sometimes it's just whoever seems to be inspiring the crowd. But it's fun to discover a rooting interest during the game.

It's a feeling that I'm about to abandon for several months. My first Earthquakes match is Wednesday night (I got full season tix this year), and the Giants start up soon after. And I won't be able to go with the flow.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 22nd, 2004 03:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

The Season Ahead

It's going to be a hard season for me, Giants-wise. The relentless assault on Barry is very strong in these parts. I'm not sure I have the emotional stamina to cope.

But, then again, my father has never had qualms about rooting for his Yankees. And he's been doing that since 1940 or so.
masoo From: masoo Date: March 22nd, 2004 03:52 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: The Season Ahead

I also get a lot of Barry-hating, online and, in the Bay Area, from moron A's fans. I can take it ... they've always hated him, so I'm used to it.

I was listening to the Padres radio guys the other day during a Giants-Pads preseason game. Barry comes up to bat, and the one guy says "he still looks big ... about as big as ever. What do you think?" And the other guy says "looks the same to me." I coulda kissed 'em.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 22nd, 2004 05:26 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: The Season Ahead

I wish I'd heard that. During the 15-minute theater show we saw at Disneyland, the narrator -- very Brechtian, actually -- asked for a child to volunteer to play the villain Jafar. He selected a tiny boy, maybe three, wearing a Barry Bonds jersey. And then he said, "He sure looks a lot smaller this year." It was genuinely funny, but an indication of how deep this has sunken into the national psyche, since everyone laughed hard.
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