Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My Post-Basketball Blues

The NCAA men’s basketball tourney was a great distraction, especially with the Michigan State Spartans defying all the expert expectations by making it to yesterday’s championship game.  

So before I return to the harsh realities of the world, here are some final miscellaneous observations expressing my post-basketball blues.

= A number of people in the Twitter crowd that I was following during the game had thrown in the towel on MSU just 5 minutes into it – talk about fickle fans. There was one annoying person, in particular, who passed himself off as some sports or basketball expert, but he was just another one of those smug know-it-all sports pundits who had written off MSU at each step to championship.

= Another person in the Twitter crowd clamored for MSU to slow down the pace of the game at the beginning of the second half.  In my book, MSU should have sped up the pace of the game by aggressively pushing the ball up the floor and attacking the basket.  The game was not the "track meet" that was promised.  State spent too much time working ineffectual half court sets.

= Tom Izzo apparently decided that Chris Allen was going to be the go-to-guy on the 3-point perimeter, despite Allen’s poor shooting throughout the tournament.  Allen shot 0-8, including 0-7 from 3-point range, in the championship game.  That’s ok for a young player like Allen because his pure talent will shine brightly next season.  Still, I would have gone to Korie Lucious for more 3-point attempts, instead of Allen.

= This year’s MSU team will remain one of the most memorable.  Their tournament run was truly impressive and when they played their best – which was way more often than not – they showed true greatness.  Beating USC, Kansas, Louisville, and UConn established Michigan State as a true collegiate basketball powerhouse.  

= In the end, the "One Shining Moment" for Detroit – in the far distance – turned out to be Lord Stanley’s Cup.  The Red Wings, I predict, will be the team holding a championship parade in the streets of Detroit.
-- Rico Thomas Rico

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