Saturday, February 14, 2009
Heroes Fall to UConn; Garcia Exclusive
After watching today's game, one word comes to mind: "heroes." Even though we shot the ball terribly, and were outmuscled by arguably the most dominant Big East defensive college center in years, we battled hard. We fought. We showed heart.
And on this particular Valentine's Day, no player showed more heart than John Garcia. With my fingers trembling on the keyboard, I couldn't help but send John a quick chat message after today's contest. (The trembling accounts for my slightly premature tap on the "enter" key, placing the "e" on its own line.) Still, John took my grammatical snafu in stride. Hobbling along as ever, John was undaunted, responding with his characteristic humility and grace: "Thanx alot," the hero answered.
Sure, our guards struggled. But one guard shone. Literally. And that guard was Missouri-transfer Keon Neon. Wearing a radioactive green collared shirt, and matching tie, Keon was cheering everyone on the floor as if his life depended on it. But it's clear he does have some favorites. For starters, the Flagman!!
As Flagman was performing his usual couple laps, Neon got in his face and started clapping. With Neon's radioactive powers, Flagman then went on to unleash an unbelievable 5 more laps!! Take that, Michael Phelps!
In the end, everyone on that floor for SHU was a hero today. But as Dave and I were riding the Path train back into New York, traveling its unnecessarily circuitous weekend route back through Hoboken, we couldn't help but wonder if we fans had been up to the challenge. Could we have been louder? Could we have done more to drown out those obnoxious UConn fans? Could we have invited more of our friends to the arena to occupy those couple empty seats? Could we have done more to give our team a real home team advantage?
As a team, as a school, as a COMMUNITY, let's be heroes. Let's show the world how much we love this team.
PS. Also, a big-time shout out to Kevin Willet. Upon learning that SHU was considering cutting the budget to allow for the cheerleaders and band to travel across the Hudson for the Big East tourney, Kevin has started a Facebook group to draw attention to this issue. Great work, Kevin. We support you, and will do everything we can to make sure these special members of our community are able to take part as they should. (If bus transport is too expensive, I say we construct some sort of aerodynamic flying device using Flagman and Keon's green shirt as fuel.)