TO THE HOT TAKE CANNON
Thank you guys for a wonderful season. Lots of great memories. It's a shame that we're not going farther, but all in all, it's hard to look at this season as anything less than a success.
Hoping we can get as many of our guys to return, that way we can have more great seasons to come.
That's all that needs to be said. Let's do this.
While we wait for our game to tip-off, I figured this would be something nice to fill the time.
WCJB TV20 in Florida could not show highlights of the Florida-Dayton game last night so they made their own highlights instead. Video below:
… and we didn’t just survive, we had the better season!!!
Now that they are out, let’s be honest with ourselves. MSU had a VERY talented team this year. Appling, Harris, Dawson, and Payne are all great players. Do they have flaws? Yes. But they were very good.
Yes, MSU did have injury problems this year. Lots of them. But so did we. Maybe not as many, but stuff happens, man. Injuries happen the same as players leaving early for the draft happens (Morris, Burke, Hardaway).
Instead of focusing on MSU’s misfortunes. Let’s look at what this says about our program. We just successfully took MSU’s best shot, and beat them. We won the regular season by 3 whole games. We beat them head to head 2 to 1. We made it just as far, if not further (#BeatKentucky), than them in the tournament. What a fantastic job by Beilein, the rest of the coaching staff, and of course all of the players to take this program where it is today. The tide in this rivalry has officially shifted. No longer are the days when we were terrified of playing at Breslin. No longer are the days where we hoped, PRAYED, for a season split in the series. No longer are the days when we watch Izzo lead his team deep in to March, while we either exited in the first round or didn’t make it at all. Those days are over.
Sparked by Stu’s three pointer on the right wing as the shot clock was winding down, sparked by Draymond missing a floater in the lane as time expired, sparked by Darius Morris shouting, “Get the F%$@ off my court”, sparked by Trey picking Appling’s pocket, and sparked by DEATH FROM ABOVE, a new era has begun.
Time to enjoy it.
EDIT: Mods feel free to delete and replace with a more generic one if you want.
Since I'm losing my mind waiting for our game and quickly lsoing patience watching UConn's disgusting brand of basketball, here's another post to talk about the fan experience of this run compared to last year's:
I'm not used to sustained success from the basketball program, let alone acute success. I can't stop thinking about how much different this year's team is than last year's team, and how much different our tournament run feels.
Last year, every game seemed like a gift. We were seeded underdogs in almost every game. Going into the Elite Eight, after that miracle against Kansas, I was in a state of Fandom Nirvana. It was one of the only times where I really truly think I would have felt very minimal pain from losing. I was also terrified of Florida, and had little faith we would win.
This year? I don't know how to feel. It seems like last game we were Kansas and Tennessee couldn't quite pull out the dagger against us. At the same time, we've been disrespected and largely ignored. It makes me doubt the knowledge I've gained about the team from watching them all season, and makes me be overly cynical. But I am not as scared of Kentucky, even if I should be. I also think I will be much more upset if we lose. Mostly, I am impatient.
There's my pregame thoughts. What say you all?