Rolling Downhill Without any Brakes
Luckily, we have better ways to spend our free time (unless you live in Detroit), and I’m sure you’ll all agree, it almost all revolves around one sport on another. Without sport we wouldn’t have the US Olympic hockey team victory in Lake Placid. We wouldn’t have Jimmy Valvano running around the court, looking for somebody to hug. We wouldn’t have Bernie Kosar rolling out right on a 2 point conversion in 1983. However, despite all of this, there are a select few pieces of sport that I simply cannot comprehend.
Sure, I can point out Husker fan…but at least I can EXPLAIN you people. (Nothing to do, no geographical rival, myopic local media base with only me to keep your massive ego in check.) But there are a few things that simply make my skin crawl just looking at them.
“Hail to the Victors”, Mark Martin’s hick accent, Dick Vitale’s hyper over-done rants, that Fucking Matt Davison…..all pale in comparison to one person I simply cannot tolerate, cannot explain or cannot even look at without the bile from my stomach heading north, stopping just short of my tonsils. Yes, I’m talking about March’s worst enemy….
Bandwagon Creighton fan.
Now you may be asking yourself, “What the hell is your problem? I thought you hated the Huskers? Creighton fans hate the Huskers.”
Oh you simplistic, sociological deficient fools. Don’t you understand why I’ve been railing on the overwhelming, out-of-control bandwagon of idiocy spinning out of control over the past few years? Haven’t you figured out that Creighton basketball is every single thing wrong with the beautiful spectacle that is March Madness?
My favorite book in the world is “True Believers” by Joe Queenan. In his diatribe about bandwagon fans, Queenan rants on a nephew of his who latched onto the 1985 Villanova Wildcats, considered by many on the east coast to be the gold standard of bandwagon programs in the mid 80’s. Anyhow, he goes on to rampage about certain criteria that gave you the right to root for certain teams: 1) Where you grew up. Or 2) Where your old man grew up, and you just inherited his teams. Under NO other circumstances were you allowed to be a “die hard” fan..of any team..anywhere. Sure, you could root for them…pull for them or celebrate with them…but to call yourself “die hard” was strictly a crime against humanity.
Don’t get me wrong, Dana Altman has built a fine basketball program. Just 8 years ago, that program was a notch above NAIA basketball, and that was only because the building they played in sold beer. (Granted it was warm and orange, but beer nonetheless.) However, some of the things that have hit the airwaves over the past 24 hours or so make you wonder to yourself: Is Creighton really THAT good? Or is Husker fan (posing as Creighton fan) just THAT desperate to root for something great that they’ll even sell out their own school, just to root for a winner? (Even more ironic is that the Huskers beat the piss out of CU earlier this year.)
Still don’t get what I’m talking about? Channel three broke into coverage like the missiles had been launched from the Ukraine to tell me that the Jays won the Valley tournament. (Something they’ve done many times before.) Today, the Omaha World Herald decided to ask the question that of course I’m sure has kept you up late at night….”Why haven’t the national media given Creighton more respect?”
SOME PEOPLE ARE PICKING THEM TO GO TO THE FINAL FOUR. THEY’RE CREIGHTON. Is it that slow of a news month? Of course leave it to the Omaha media to turn a nice little story into the most overdone, overrated and over-saturated story since Chuck Hagel led us all on a two week news chase so he could tell us he wasn’t doing anything.
Yes, bandwagon fever has griped the Big O in a flurry of obsession, drunkenness and outright stupidity. Your biggest win is Missouri State? Aren’t they in the NIT? What’s that? You beat SIU to win a “title”? Uhhh..didn’t they beat you 2 of three? Ask Drexel (loss), Hawaii (loss), Dayton (loss) and Fresno (loss), Illinois State (loss), Indiana State (loss) and Wichita State (loss). And who did they beat? SIU..(one of three), Xavier (who is being ridiculed for being in the big dance) and …..and….ummmmmmm….
I have never before in my life seen a bandwagon more out of control, more beyond reason and more desperately craving attention than I have this Creighton team. I may hate the Huskers and their fans more than anything in the world, but if you could find me a more blatant reason to call bullshit on a single item in sports…I’d like to see you try.
The Final Four? Unless Missouri State standing in their way, I hardly think so.