Mon Jan 12 02:03pm EST
Aw, look at 'em. So young and full of joy. They haven't even started their soul-crushing 9-to-5 jobs yet! *Swoon.*
It's that time of year again. The time when a major, top-ranked team is
beaten by a team that, though an underdog, wasn't an obvious underdog,
in the underdog's building. The time when, as a result, thousands of
college kids lose their minds and storm the court on which the upset
just took place. And, yes, the time when people spend time analyzing
such displays of joy. That'd be me. It's a tough job, but somebody's
got to do it.
Should Wake Forest's fans have stormed the court? FanHouse's Adam thinks not, citing Wake Forest's conference and rank as a reason why even a win over the favored Tar Heels doesn't qualify for court-storming status. He has a few strange rules in his post -- i.e. "No storming the court if you're a BCS team," which is sort of weak; what if Northwestern beats the No. 1 team in the country at home? -- but all in all the point is correct: Wake Forest's fans shouldn't have stormed the court. The No. 4 team in the country beat the No. 3. At home. Come on, guys. Sorry to be the buzzkill, but that's not court-storming material. Go-home-and-have-seven-beers-to-kill-the-adrenaline-because-it's-Sunday-and-you're-in-college material? Yes. Court-storming, no.
This isn't a big deal in and of itself, but it has become an epidemic in college basketball, and it's watering down a previously sacred rite of upset passage. Now? Everyone's storming the floor, in every conference, at every level. Stop it, college kids. Stop using any excuse to go run and jump on your home team's wood floor. And for that matter, stop having so much fun. You're not only ruining the court-storm, but you're making me really, really jealous. And that is something we just can't have.