Otherwise known as the GO BUTLER Thread. Hopefully part 1.
March Madness Final Four Open Thread
I was a State fan from the time I was born until that fateful day in the Fall of 1998 when I received an over sized envelope with an Ann Arbor mailing address on it. I don't see any rational reason not to cheer for them unless they're playing Michigan.
The reason to root for Butler is because they are playing better basketball right now. Plain and simple!
At least that's a rational reason. They also brought a live bulldog out on the court.
We will just have to see if Butler's Bulldog can help them pull this one out!
Wonder if the Bulldog is on scholarship?
just out of curiosity: have you met members of their fan base?
They are one of the prime competitors for recruiting targets, and the better they perform the more it sways guys to go there instead of here.
That and the whole couch-burning, pizza-delivering, inferiority-complexing, back-up school-catering (after Wisconsin, and then maybe Illinois or Penn State) aspect of the school and its student body really ought to be enough.
Can we please get that ugly ass picture off of this blog? Thank you
I want Butler to win because I think it would be great for a Mid-Major to win it all!
on the line on the court-- tripping No chance that was on Howard
whatever. this is probably going to be one of those games where it's going to be so frustrating for anybody without a dog in the fight.
3rd foul on morgan. someone with dvr and the software to do so, can you get a clip of izzo throwing that hissy fit?
The tripping on Howard was definitely bogus - that could hurt them
i think i could actually appreciate this MSU team if they didn't feel the need to grimace, smirk, smile, bitch, whine, guffaw, and make about 9 other facial expressions i can't name currently after every single incident.
Man if Beilein could have reeled in DeSean Butler, Hayward, or Green our team would have been completely different this year...
Butler is our model - hoping we have some Hayward-style late bloomers coming up
im going to root for MSu the exact same way that i root for my little brother. ik want to destroy him myself but he'd better uphold my family against others
Magic??? No sighting of him yet. I thought there'd be at least 10 shots of him by now...
And Obama playin POTUS? Interesting, but kind of annoying how much they talk about his bball prowess (PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a political statement. I'd be just as irritated if it was Bush, Clinton, Reagan, etc. Just an opinion)
Butler doesn't want this getting away from them.
And I thought Michigan took a lot of three's!
/stupid political rant meme
Howard not playing almost the entire first half plus foul trouble with Allen and Morgan. just gotta nail layups like that
Was that McHale? Just Howard's best impersonation.
Did this whole thread just get negged??
wow imagine that. the Butler guy had a great steal, a breakaway and takes the easy bucket while keeping his mouth shut and hustling back on defense. the MSU players were stunned by such an illegal play.
Maybe I'm way off here but the officiating has been pretty consistent so far and even thought I've never heard of any of the three, they've done a pretty solid job.
Is it just me, or does it seem like the officials are calling EVERYthing?
i haven't seen one that wasn't there. it's probably one of the best officiated i've seen this year. it was a good non-call when the two guys dove equally at the ball.
You're just used to B10 reffing where everything short of rape is allowed.
but as long as they're calling everything on both ends (which I think they have) you gotta deal with it.
in foul calls doesn't mean bad reffing. It means MSU plays with their hands and these refs call it.
It's about time. Only took about 2 hours though.
It's raining bricks.
Frustration setting in well!
Draymond Green is angry from the lack of help. I think I heard him say, "I help your dumbass."
"Help! I helped your dumbass." - Draymond Green
if u look at the ESPN conversation on this game, it's just a bunch of MSU fans bitching and moaning about the refs. Nothing about their bad shooting or TOs
it's burning down like... well... a couch
Butler, not MSU, is the team that played in the Final Four last year, right now. State is just getting frustrated really easily, while Butler is looking pretty composed. They look good so far.
apparently MSU will be winning this
edit: yah, exactly. what a dumb comment he made.
slowly dying without Mack.
What an offensive rebound right there, that was huge.
That being said....this is about the time EVERY break starts to go State's way.
You can't box out on a FT!?!? Are you kidding me?!?!?
Nantz chokes away the score call. Where the fuck is Gus Johnson?
would have had 6 heart attacks by now
officially hates their fans. When was the last time they didn't have an on-the-edge-of-your-seat finish?
that we have something in common with the MSU basketball team??
Sorry MSU fans, you can't win every tourney game at the free throw line.
Hit the free throws and PRESS! We don't need another Turner moment.
Does that Butler kid have the Larry Bird mustache?
I can finally stop hearing about state at work!
BUTLER!!! BUTLER!!! BUTLER!!! BUTLER!!!
Butler won.. but I still feel like I just watched a glorified highschool state championship game
Why tournament expansion is a stupid idea
Why tournament expansion is a stupid idea
So, what's the over/under on property damage in East Lansing tonight?
As a previous poster noted, hopefully they can at least keep it "green" this time and burn their couches with ethanol gas.
In E. Lansing tonight.
but man I would love to have a guy like Draymond Green on my team. He gets fouled on their last shot and doesn't get the call then fouls out, and 30 seconds later he still has the maturity to reign in his coach's ridiculous rant at the refs over the clock, and then shake Brad Stevens hand genuinely.
That is all
I can listen to sports talk radio again!! Anyone on the west side of MI knows what I am talking about. HUGE should be off Izzo's nuts with this loss. Although I'm sure he'll make excuses for him.
who REALLY enjoyed the shot of Lupe Izzo about to cry after Sparty gagged. She's the Brenda Warner of BBall coaching wives.
the second game will be played with a little more pace
stop blaming the refs. And by the way Tom, Butler played most of the second half without 2 of their 3 best players.
Go back under your bridge you whiny little troll.
Was it just me or did Izzo just drop almost every possible excuse in that interview? Foul, Lucas, Roe, etc.
This is what bothers me the most about him. You can't argue that he is a great coach, but he could definitely use a lesson in humility. MSU had plenty of chances to win that game. Butler just played a little tougher.
Anyone but Huggins, please. Call me crazy, but I prefer that my collegiate teams, you know, graduate someone from time to time.
Does this qualify as a Sparty, NO???
If you have to ask...
Butler Bulldogs! My family told me to relax after this game ended. I guess I was a little worked up. This win was impressive since Shelvin Mack was a non-factor in the second half because of injury. I'll be cheering for the Bulldogs Monday night!
don't like Duke and Coach K, but I absolutely hate Huggy bear and the whole state of W. Virginia.
Butler is not a Cinderella story! They were a preseason top 10 team and have now won 23 straight games. How the hell is that a Cinderella story?
applies more to their seed, than their preseason ranking. We knew they were good, but maybe not this good.
Would seem to me the cinderella aspect is more that they're from a mid-major conference--rather than their seed. Didn't MSU have the identical seed?
Last non-BCS to win championship was UNLV in 1990, if I'm not mistaken.
winning the title can certainly be considered a "Cinderella" even if the team came from the Big East or ACC. A team that low hasn't won in over 20 years
MSU has no one to blame but themselves. If you hold a team without a hoop for 10 minutes and cannot capitalize, you only have to look as far as your mirror to find fault.
And is just over 20 points....negging every post in the thread?
Edit: Fine, everyone gets a point
or generic other MGoBlog member seriously went through my history of posts and negged each one. i looked and laughed bc it took them about 2 hours to take off about 200 pts
I think it was after your Stalin post, no? (and wasn't me I'm not much for negging)
im a liberal for god's sake... the stalin thing was mocking the stupid things people accuse each other of on msg boards. but the point thing has been going on since around 3 pm. i just checked: i have twenty five pages of -1s since 5:30 today
somebody's not a big fan of me
Someone who doesn't get sarcasm (vs. Real political post), or doesn't think Stalin playing basketball is funny. Or REALLY likes Obama. I know it wasn't Barack reading and negging...I saw him on tv shooting baskets. He was no where near a computer. (The guy would have hated what I FIRST found when I searched "Stalin playing basketball" - #1 google is an Obama/Stalin lawn sign. Now THAT I thought was too political. Heck, I don't even think my pick is Stalin...I think it's Lenin).
I mean, you or I don't really need the points. But it seemed to be overflowing to everyone (all those -1). I just hate someone being a dick. And a cowardly one at that.
how the hell you found that
And I thought the idea of Stalin shooting hoops (you know, instead of gypsies), hilarious. I was trying to think of a basketball skill he couldn't do. But we all know he could dribble drive, and penetrate...into Germany. And not being able to do a pick and roll just didn't seem witty enough. So I let a picture be a thousand words. But apparently a statue of a Russian leader shooting a basketball is too much like POLITICS ARRRGGHH for some.
Had about an hour straight from somebody. Must have woken back up from his nap. Natty Lite is flowing somewhere tonight.
I wouldn't put it past him.
But if it ends up Butler-Duke has Could you set up a better David vs. Goliath match-up for fans outside of Durham to root for? Sure we had our NC State's, and Villanovas. But they weren't a true mid-major, playing at home, in basketball rich, Hoosiers Indiana. And while the teams they were playing were better, and thus bigger giants, none engender the hate that Duke does.
That would be pretty epic. If Duke doesn't kill 'em.
I don't remember Houston really being hated at all. I was certainly on the Phi Slamma Jamma side. That was an easy team to root for.
Houston was certainly a heavy favorite--I'll give you that.
I don't particularly like Bob Huggins, but man I hope they come back and win this game.
Butler won't give Duke unlimited looks at 3s like this.
Ouch! his knee just buckled....such a shame for him and WVU
At this point of his career, an injury is tragic.
Amy reason when they showed Huggins family they were all wearing Duke blue??
ACL. Too bad for him and the Mountaineers, although their fate was likely sealed anyways.
...the other caddy in Caddyshack?
And Clark, if Huggins cares about his players so much, why doesn't he care if they get a degree?
OMG ITS JUST LIEK HOOSIERS! BUTLER IS SO BRAVE! MY FAVORITE PLAYER IS THE GUY IN THE WHEEL CHAIR!!!!!!
Can we give that storyline a rest? Butler was a top ten team in the preseason coaches poll. This isn't Florida Atlantic or Cal Poly. Butler is a very good team.
Also, Go Duke!!!