Adult Steve ‘Stirs The Pot’ With Some Fight’n Words
Monday, this was The Byrd Cage’s official response to ESPN’s Bracketbuster announcement:
“THIS EMAIL CALLS FOR ALL CAPS! WE GET THE 90TH RANKED TEAM IN THE RPI IN A “BRACKETBUSTER” GAME WHEN ONLY OUR BRACKET CAN GET BUSTED. THIS IS A NO WIN SITUATION. WE WIN, BIG DEAL, THEY WERE RANKED 90 IN THE RPI. WE LOSE AND WELL, WE LOSE. AND HOW DOES MURRAY/SDSU GET THE PRIMETIME SPOT?!?! WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW??”
-One Cager, Who Shall Remain Anonymous
Needless to say, we’re upset. We deserve better. Matt Sherrill did a brilliant job summing up how heartbreaking this whole situation is in his article yesterday.
If you think we’re biased about how good Belmont is, don’t take our word for it. Talk to Jerome Boetcher at the City Paper, David Climer at The Tennessean, or Myron Medcalf & ESPN.com’s National Panel - just to name a few.
As we prepare to play Murray State tomorrow, it seems that America is still twitterpated with The Racers.
ESPN’s Bracketbuster choices really punctuated this point (Did I mention we’re upset?) so it’s time we open our mouths and have some real talk about Thursday night’s game:
And the conversation begins here: Ian Clark is better than Isaiah Canaan.
Clark is better than Canaan statistically in FG%, FT%, 3PT%, steals, blocks (not that it matters) and not turning the ball over. The only category Canaan really bests Clark: assists. But don’t worry we have Kerron Johnson for that (4.7 APG).
I don’t need to go into detail about Murray State under achieving this year and having the strength of schedule roughly equivalent to the talent I faced as a small forward for the Heritage Middle School Hawks. But then again, who are we to judge: we scheduled Lipscomb twice.
I will concede that Murray State had a spectacular year last year for a mid-major school. But in the end they failed to go undefeated, they failed to reach the sweet 16 as a 6 seed, and Cinderella was supposed to go back to cleaning floors for her stepmother. But while Murray State is dancing around the kitchen in her apron singing to her band of mice, ESPN is still doting on them as if the king’s court is trying to find the left foot that goes with the misplaced glass slipper left at last year’s dance… the only problem is Murray State didn’t even get to first base with Prince Charming.
It makes about as much sense as all of us wearing ‘We almost beat Duke’ shirts to every home game this year (don’t worry we don’t).
With all I’ve said, Thursday night is the game of the year for the Bruins. Not because it’s going to be the best game to watch. It will be because: if the nation is yet to be concerned about the Bruins, beating Murray State at Racer Arena will get their attention. Perhaps an embarrassing loss to The Mont will finally shift the mid-major attention to its rightful place: 1900 Belmont Blvd.
Murray State, your 15 minutes are up.
My prediction: Belmont 72 – 61
- Adult Steve