Thursday, October 30, 2008
Schedule Terrifying; Trick no Treat?
With All Hallow’s Even (or Halloween, as many pagans prefer) literally right around the corner, lots of people are busy preparing themselves for their annual candy binge and dusting off that old pirate costume. Traditionally a Gaelic celebration to mark the end of the harvest season, All Hallow’s Even was a time for ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. Fortunately, modern society has progressed (with the advent of the refrigerator and all). Well, the folks at ESPN and USA Today released their own form of slaughter today in their pre-season top 25 poll.
Their top 25 features seven BIG EAST teams, and four ranked in the top 10. And nothing could be more frightening than the stretch of games the Hall will play from January 6-18 when they play Villanova (25), Notre Dame (9) and UConn (2). No matter how many spirits are summoned or livestock slaughtered, this stretch for the Hall could prove disastrous.
While Seton Hall’s out-of-conference schedule is perhaps more equivalent to a “Hannah Montana Halloween Special,” their in-conference schedule is the modern day “Shining.” But while BIG EAST games will no doubt prove tough, especially with our limited roster, Seton Hall’s RPI should be through the roof, once again confirming that the BIG EAST is the best conference in the universe. So, just one big win against a top BIG EAST team (a la Louisville) could bring heaps and heaps of candy that nobody, not even your conniving little brother, can take away (think one of each: M&Ms, Skittles, Mounds bars, Baby Ruth, Snickers, Twizzlers, Twix, Starburts, Kit Kat, Nerds, Airheads, 3 Musketeers, Abba-Zabba, and, my personal favorite, Goo Goo Glusters).
So while I hope everyone enjoys their All Hallow’s Even, just remember this: no matter how many scary costumes (Stix as a witch, Big Mel as an ogre) you might see out there, nothing, and I mean nothing, is scarier than a BIG EAST basketball schedule.