Last night, I lost hope. In the first half, ND sliced through our defense effortlessly and shot an absurd percentage from the field (and scored on an even more absurd percent of their possessions). Even when we got a stop, it seemed we did everything wrong - Siva's long pass ahead to Marra, CS5 and Gorgui tying each other up for a rebound, Gorgui missing the easy lay-up, etc. Down 14 at the half, I felt like I'd seen that movie before.
So I gave up, deciding to spare myself more pain (and the possible temper eruption that would almost certainly follow) and get some sleep before this morning's 10K race. Not that I didn't express my displeasure in the open thread and on twitter before calling it a night:
Wvu game and this one prove UL lacks versatility and exp needed to make a deep run. Likely out in round of 32As I lay in bed, my phone and iPad beeped a couple of times - presumably, I thought, with texts of taunting or commiseration (depending on who sent them). My alarm went off at 6:15 this morning, and my droid had a lot of icons in the top bar - missed calls, texts, tweets, etc. I went straight to the text messages from my dad:
R U still watching (received 11:51pm)
We came back and won by 6 in OT (received 12:27am)Mixed feelings washed over me. The first was elation. We won! We're playing for the Big East tournament championship! I came to CardChronicle, saw the picture of the team with Bill Clinton. I read the box score, and saw that we somehow won with Siva fouled out - shades of Garcia fouling out in regulation against WVU in 2005.
But the strongest emotion was shame: how could I have given up on a Cardinal team that's done nothing this season but, to borrow a phrase from HCCS, play their balls off? For crying out loud, I was a front row witness to the comeback in the Yum...back!
And so I am here for my comeuppance. I deserve your barbs and worse (I probably deserve to be banned). But to the team - not that it matters - I'll say I'm sorry. I'll never give up again. I'll never turn another game off before the buzzer. Winston Churchill said it best:
Never, never, never, never give upI won't make the same mistake again. Go Cards, beat UConn.