Futon Report: UT fans were optimistic vs. BGWritten by Matt Sussman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
On Facebook, there was an event page hyping up Wednesday night’s UT-BGSU basketball game, which the Falcons won 59-54. Since the page was created by Rocky Rocket (how does he type with such fat fingers?), the forum was very pro-UT. And hey, I’m all for homerism. It’s served me well throughout my writing career. But fans and students who rallied behind a 4-19 basketball team ready to face off against a 13-9 squad made their best argument on why the Rockets would win. And all they had to do was throw out all the numbers.
One fan actually did that. Wednesday morning, before the game, the student quipped on the Facebook page (seeing the link requires a Facebook account):
“regardless of what everyone is saying, it doesnt matter how good we did or Bg did in the past, because today the rockets are gonna kick some falcon [posterior]. Which isn’t much of an accomplishment, but hey I’ll take it any day.”
That’s why sports is fun. Anything can happen on any given day. But, holy cow, has anyone seen what BG has done lately? (The attendance numbers say “no.”) Coming into the UT-BGSU game, the Falcons had won five straight games, including three on the road. Conversely, the Rockets had dropped five in a row. (Because you can do the math, both streaks are now at six.) And UT didn’t just lose five straight, they went out on the court, laid down on the hardwood, and took daydreamed for five straight games. Their “best” loss in that stretch was a 9-point defeat against Akron, and the other games included three 13-point losses and a 28-point spanking by Kent State. Yuck. I’d throw out those numbers too if I was a UT student.
There was only one statistic that Rocket fans could use to advance their argument: BGSU hadn’t won a game in Savage in 10 years. But historical stats like that are the ones you actually can reasonably throw out like expired sour cream because, to paraphrase coach Rick Pitino, Greg Stempin and Chad Kamstra are not walking through that door.
And while the conclusion was foregone, the consistently overwhelmed UT team, bless their collective hearts, actually made this game close, narrowing the deficit to just two points in the final two minutes. But BGSU executed a flawless game plan down the stretch, which was: put the ball in UT’s hands and let them turn it over.
It’s probably my own fault for giving sporadic Facebook comments more weight than they’re inherently worth. But what can I say? The Falcons won, which makes me happy, and my homerism enables me to use 20-20 hindsight to construct the perfect argument.