Why the BEAST Is the BEST

dave@friarblog —  March 13th, 2009 1:51 PM
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It’s definitely a bleary eyed morning after watching the epic Syracuse-UCONN game last night.  Definitely the greatest game I’ve ever seen, and I almost missed it.  After PC’s loss yesterday, I wasn’t in much of a mood to watch any more basketball for the day.  I didn’t even have the Villanova-Marquette game on in the background.  Eh, so I missed a buzzer beater.  I was pretty tired from the previous day/night at the Garden, so I was just about to head to bed around 11 something.  But then in the bottom of my screen, up popped a few Twitter messages from Sean over at “Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician”, saying something about not fouling.  Woh, was Syracuse about to pull off an upset?

I quickly switched to ESPN and I saw Eric Devendorf celebrating.  They showed the replay several times, and I just thought WOW.  His last millisecond three-pointer that would have won the game was called off, and they were heading to OT.  And then another OT, and another.  Soon, it was into the SIXTH overtime.  It was really unbelievable.  Everytime it looked like UCONN would pull away, Syracuse made an amazing comeback.   People were fouling out left and right, and several walk-ons were now playing.  Syracuse did not lead AT ALL in the first five overtimes, but then just throttled a tired and Thabeetless UCONN in the 6th (or bottom of the 8th).  Jonny Flynn was the star of the game.  The guy played like 70 minutes or something, and still was able to drive to the hoop and score/get fouled in every overtime.

I really don’t like either program, but I was rooting for UCONN in the beginning solely for the reason that Eric Devendorf would look like an ass celebrating his waived off shot (instead of celebrating with his teammates, he immediately jumped on the scorers table and taunted fans).  By the end, I was just rooting for as many overtimes as possible, to make this epic game even better.  I’m glad I got to see it.

Make sure to check out the Syracuse blogs “Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician” and “Orange:44” throughout the day as I’m sure they are going to have a lot more about the game.

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