Monday, March 15, 2004
I guess the rap on St. Joseph's is that they aren't so tough. Strength of schedule, blah, blah. I don't care-- the reason we like sports, I think, is that 50/50 is better odds for getting good news than the rest of life gives us; and because even when things don't turn out the way we wish they had, there is always a good story. St. Joe's is a good story, and maybe it is part of a larger story. It would be nice if this year the college hoops story was about upperclassmen providing leadership-- and maybe even graduating. St. Joe's has a left field sort of connection to Buffalo, and they are starting out the tournament here, so I am liking them this year. The way I see it, a streak is more mentally challenging than anything else, and St. Joes hung pretty tough. If you are going to break a streak, a good time to do it is before it matters, to let a little of the steam out. They might have benefited from a number 2 seed, but that's in the past now-- let's see how many they can win in a row when it is all on the line.