Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The Butler did it (almost)
Most big-time games are slightly disappointing. Super Bowls are often that way. The hype is so great that the event just can't live up to expectations.
That wasn't true last night, was it?
What a marvelous game -- like the cliche of two heavy-weights slugging it out, where each one refuses to lose.
In your face.
No, in your face.
NO, in your face.
The score the first half was 33-32. The score for the second half was 28-27. It doesn't get much better than that.
The pundits didn't give Butler much of a chance. Most said things like they hoped for a close game. ESPN analyst and radio talk-show host Doug Gottlieb said before the game that he'd be "stunned if Duke didn't win." I wonder what he'd say now if they played a second time?
If Butler had won, the headline writers would have had a field day: David and Goliath, Cinderella, Hoosiers and so forth. Butler lost the game, but not really. When two teams play as they did Monday night, there isn't really a loser -- I'm just sayin'.
Congrats to the Duke Blue Devils, Coach K and the ACC. Hats off to Butler, Coach Brad Stevens and the Horizon League.
Did you know?
* In the 2008-2009 NBA season, Duke had more players on NBA rosters than any other school.
* Kurt Vonnegut attended Butler and has an honorary degree.
Images from USA Today web site.