“BC didn’t look too good this weekend,” said a BU-alum co-worker.
“Yeah,” I replied, “but we’ll make the Dance.”
Boston College beat Duke at home and UNC on the road this season. A couple of thrilling games against top competition. As part of any NCAA Tournament portfolio, they’d be those “well, now we have to let you in” type games that guarantee an 8 seed. But in this baffling season in which the ACC beats up on each other more than usual, nothing is certain. After beating UNC, my beloved Eagles returned home and got clobbered by Harvard, a team with slightly more athletic talent than my high school’s. I was there at Conte Forum when it went down. If you dig up the ESPN highlights (I won’t, since it hurts), you’ll be able to see me in the background with my head in my hands and my girlfriend being a good soldier and trying to make me feel better.
The road to March Madness reminds me a lot of the road to the Oscars. Way too many people using way too much specious reasoning to determine the future. “Mickey Rourke won some support when he thanked his dogs during the Golden Globes, so that puts him in a great position.” “Texas Tech is only at .500, but with their strength of schedule being what it is, maybe it’s enough to get some looks.” Pundits of all types are weigh in, using the same information in different ways. Interesting things happen when “news”casters need to fill two hours on one subject.
Like the Oscars, when the Tournament actually happens it is cause for a massive party, drinking games and friendly wagers. But darn if the trip there is agony. I’m not here to say that going to daily RPI trackers or Perez Hilton for gossip is wrong, but I am here to say that anticipation, when too bloated, invariably leads to letdown. People love setting themselves up for disappointment. I’m sure that some of you who braved the seven hours worth of the Academy Awards spent a lot of it wondering why your Lead Pipe Locks didn’t win their respective awards after you spent days in advance researching their roles and figuring out who actually is in the Academy. I just trust you don’t make the same mistake with the NCAAs.