Today we play the least of the Xaviers: Nady, McDaniel, and finally the Musketeers. Of course, Xavier is most famous for having the gayest French mascot this side of UVA. (Ed. note: Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Gay, that is. We certainly don’t approve of being French.)
Tonight, we play Xavier. Tonight, we beat Xavier. This morning, I stole a line from a fictional high school coach’s inspirational speech in Varsity Blues. Screw Bud Kilmer — and screw Xavier too.
Anyways, tonight’s game tips at 7:10, or
5:10 4:10 Phoenix time (yes, 4:10). You remember Phoenix, right? Last time I checked, the Mountaineers have some recent history in that city. Something about a Fiesta Bowl. Ahh, I don’t remember, I was hammered.
At press time, we’re a 1 point favorite. When the line opened, it immediately jumped from a pick ‘em to -1 and money has consistently favored the Mountaineers since then. Needless to say, it’s not just the people inside this state’s borders who like us to knock off the #3 seeded Musketeers.
Basically, it’s best case scenario. We’re hungry, we’re favored, and we can still play the part of the underdog with the lower seed. Plus Drew Lavender is really short, so things are looking up.
Originally, my actual plan was to try to find Xavier girls for Hump Day. Then I made the mistake of doing a Google Image search for “Girls of Xavier.” It wasn’t pretty. I ended up with pictures of three dudes and a horse. Not even a good horse, like Mister Ed or Sarah Jessica Parker. Just a regular horse. That didn’t bode well for my opinion of Xavier co-eds.
So, instead of Xavier, how about some old fashioned Victoria’s Secret T&A? Would that make you happy? Good. I was hoping you’d say that.
Pete Fiutak and CFN are previewing spring football with “20 Big Questions,” the last of which is, “The BCS matchups will be…?” This is a bold question to answer in mid-March but CFN, being the junkies that they are, felt up to this herculean task. Needless to say, they failed miserably. Most addicts do.On to the madness…
If you caught last night’s SportsCenter, you would have noticed a story about WVU. The story, reported by George Smith, focused on the basketball team as a distraction from the Rich Rodriguez fiasco.
Most WVU fans would tell you that both downplays the basketball team’s accomplishments and overplays the impact of Rodriguez on day-to-day Mountaineer culture. Right now, one of the last things on our mind is Rodriguez. Sure, we took a little pleasure on the Terrelle Pryor circus, but the world would not have ended had he picked Michigan. Still, we’re focused on basketball, Xavier, and 2008 football.
So, when we’re featured on SportsCenter for a story with Rodriguez in the background, the natural inclination is to become angry. I say nay! Embrace it. Everytime we are on SportsCenter, the profile of WVU is raised. While it wasn’t the perfect story, it certainly wasn’t the worst. The interviews with the players, boosters, and coaches all made WVU look good, if not great.
As these stories continue to run, there will be more and more WVU and less and less Rodriguez. Until then, just know that we’re a big enough story to send George Smith to campus in the middle of March. It’s all happening for WVU, but it’s not like all the kinks will be worked out immediately. Just be patient, drink a lot, and watch us on ESPN.
Because remember, we’re on our way to becoming a fixture.
We applaud you Mountaineer basketball.
We take pride here at WBGV in talking as much shit towards other teams as possible. But, we also take pride in sitting on our ass and letting other people do the job for us. That’s why your post game press conference was a thing of beauty. It killed the proverbial two birds with the proverbial one stone.
So, take it away Mountaineers…
Want to know why Pitt didn’t land star recruit Terrelle Pryor?
The chief reason he never looked at Pitt has to be that Pitt has a tough time putting fannies in the Heinz Field seats. Who wants to play in front of 25,000 when you can play before crowds four times as large at Ohio State?
You can argue that Pryor could have been the one to make Pitt a big winner and sell a lot of tickets. I’m not sure he has the time for that. Pitt, though taking a big step in the right direction by beating West Virginia Dec. 1, still has a long way to go. It didn’t even make it to a bowl game the past three seasons. If Pryor is as good as he appears, he won’t be in college all that long. He’ll be off to the NFL after three years.
No, Pryor wants to play for a national championship contender. That eliminates Pitt.
As much as Pitt fans want to yell and scream about “13-9,” they’re still just as irrelevant as always. Seriously, why think that anything is going to change when you don’t support your program?
When Logan Heastie and Tajh Boyd first stepped on Mountaineer Field, they were awestruck and wondered how great the place must be when sold out on gameday. Think Pitt recruits imagine Heinz Field 1/3 full?
– Oh, yes. They make terrific pair. They went together like lamb and tuna fish
– Lamb and tuna fish?
– Maybe you like spaghetti and meatball? You more comfortable with that analogy?
Actually, I like lamb and tuna fish, so we’re sticking with that.
WVU is back in the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years. It’s becoming a March tradition. The only blemish on that statistic is 2007, a year in which we won the NIT. Not the greatest parting gift, but it could have been worse.
We’re accomplishing this feat with two different coaches and two very, very different playing styles. Most people wrote 2005 and 2006 off as a Pittsnogle anomaly. Obviously, that’s not the case.
So, it begs the question, are we now a Sweet 16 fixture?