First of all, I did not promise to be funny and I don't think Bill Simmons' wife is lame. You guys just don't know enough about celebrities to see the genius in her humor. Love her. Let me also add that I was at work today and went out to feed the meter (one quarter per 7.5 minutes) and the meter maid had written me a ticket and had already put it on my car and when I said I was just about to put in a quarter he took the ticket off. What a day!
So yesterday... Jason and I get a bit of a late start, hit traffic and horrible rain on the way, and then had to average approximately 85 miles per hour the rest of the way to make it in time for the 12:20 Maryland tip. Unfortunately, the New York state police didn't think too much of our plan and pulled us over, only making us later. The best part was when she was giving us the ticket (Jason had told her we were speeding to get to the game on time) and she looked in the car at Jason's Maryland jersey (Len Bias) and my Duke sweatshirt and says "What game are you going to?" Anyway, I'm able to drop Jason off in time for the tip and then pay $10 to park deep in the Buffalo housing projects.
(Right: The Cooler SportsGal poses with her partner - who is apparently a younger version of R.E.M. lead vocalist Michael Stipe)
There weren't many Maryland fans near us, and I didn't see a single non-student Davidson fan outside their little section. Sort of weird for Jason to be there watching Maryland but pretty much screaming and yelling just by himself with everyone around us not caring. Don't you worry- I had a Maryland T-shirt on under my Duke sweatshirt. When I took the sweatshirt off, the guy next to me asked if I had all the teams on. Anyway, the Md-Davidson game was really tight. Maryland got pretty much every defensive rebound in the second half, which was the only thing that saved them. The crowd gave Stephen Curry a standing ovation after he fouled out, which was nice.
Then came the most boring 40 minutes of college basketball possibly ever played. Not only do Butler and Old Dominion play super-slow, they missed pretty much every shot. The only suspense was whether either would get to 20 by the end of the first half (yes, Butler, 20 exactly). Half the crowd left before that game was over, partly because they empty the stadium during sessions and they wanted to get a seat somewhere rather than roam the cold streets of Buffalo. We first moved our car and then paid $16 each for a buffet at the bar where you could sit down and be warm, and we couldn't have been happier. People felt free to heckle me on the street for wearing Duke. That said, there were SO many people wearing Duke gear inside the arena. I'd say of the people who had some type of team apparel on, at least 3/4 had Duke stuff. The cheering for Duke was way louder when they introduced the starting lineups. But as Duke started to struggle in the game, the crowd seemed to turn about 3/4 (at least) toward VCU. Which means that either people wearing Duke stuff were also cheering against them or they were extremely quiet (Jason used a word synonymous with cats to describe them). Puzzling, nonetheless.
(Left: The NCAA granted DudeSpin exclusive floor access to cover Duke's opening round tip off against Virginia Commonwealth - an unexpected coup for a 1st year Blog. As self evident, the SportsGal's seats had a floor beneath it)
The Duke student/alumni section was extremely disappointing. Every other school wore their colors, but there were just a few blue shirts in there and they didn't cheer in unison or anything. The ending was exciting but kind of a bummer, though it did validate our decision to go Thursday rather than wait for the Saturday games. Not so much heckling on the way out... people were too damn happy. Our seats were not good, but we could see fine, and my camera is not that good for zooming, so the pictures aren't great. I can't find the camera cord though, so I don't have any yet anway. We left before the Pitt game and got home around 1:30 in the morning. We're still deciding whether to go see Maryland and Pitt tomorrow...
Friday, March 16, 2007
DudeSpin's Own SportsGal Reports From the Duke-VCU Debacle
We're witty here at DudeSpin, but not always that original. Of course if you believe that imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then we've already flattered Deadspin, and we're also paying tribute to Bill Simmons and wife (though somewhat sarcastically) by having our very own SportsGal. As The Dude has already noted, ours is actually a professional journalist, though she seems to have somewhat divided loyalties as you'll see by reading her report from the NCAA first round games in Buffalo: