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.