Despite Gannon's 68-41 obliteration of Cheyney tonight, I'm feeling down. There are a few reasons behind that:
* My wife and daughter are sick ...
* ... so I didn't attend the game.
* When I broadcast two games on the radio earlier this year, Gannon lost both. The first game in Erie County that I don't attend this season, the Knights win going away. That's kind of giving me a complex.
* Finally, many of the comments posted on this site
over the past few days have depressed me. I'm not exaggerating when I
say that. I love Gannon basketball, and I started this blog to celebrate
Gannon hoops and as a personal stress relief. Many comments created
outcomes the opposite of my original website goals.
OK -- let's see if I can find maybe two items to cheer myself up.
1. This team crushes it on the boards every game. The
Knights entered the game +12 in rebounding margin, and added to it with
a ridiculous +25 margin against Cheyney (52-27). A trio of Knights --
A'Darius Porter (13), C.J. Oldham (8), and Adam Blazek (7) -- collected
more rebounds than the entire Cheyney team. I don't know how John Reilly
does it. His teams have been consistently excellent on the boards both
at Gannon and Brescia. I remember 12 or so years ago seeing his Brescia
team face a much taller, more athletic team and proceed to shove their
opponent all over the paint when a shot went up. I can't figure out why
his teams are so much better on the boards every year.
2. Misery loves company.
As I said earlier, many of the comments posted on this site recently
have greatly upset me because of their ascerbic tone. Instead of being a
fun read, the comments became "exhausting" as Golden 89 wrote. Finding this Sports Illustrated article today about over-the-top-negative Florida State football fans posting on their message boards during Monday's National Championship game let me know I'm not alone.
Some of the comments posted when FSU was trailing included gems like
"Will we get blowed out?", "Jimbo (Fisher) contract = BIG mistake", "Jimbo calling plays like he's a wimp!, and "Outcoached and not focused or prepared." I'm glad the players are more resilient than their fans, and I'm glad the coaches are calling the shots, not the fanatics.