|XJ's heroics were not enough in Seattle. From: SeattlePI.com|
So, of course, after halftime, that lead began to shrink in the most familiar of ways. Defense slumped, shots were taken hastily, rebounding suffered. Those threes that were missed in the first half suddenly started going in (7-13 after the break). Us veterans in the crowd have seen it before, a carbon copy of those lost leads from a year ago. I'll grant that the team showed good heart to fight off the demons and force overtime in the final minute, but the end of the game was simply boneheaded -- getting beaten back down the court for an open corner three. The straw that broke the Buffalo's back, as it were. Enough to make you wretch.
|Fultz is an incredible talent. From: KING5.com|
The problem, of course, is that I am emotionally invested, and that loss will sting quite a bit for some time. In context, it's a result that means relatively little -- the season was in free-fall long before this trip to Seattle. Out of context, though, this is one that will linger in the back of my mind for some time. Again, enough to make you wretch.
Hype Music for the Day: "State of the Union" by Rise Against
Rise Against! I've long been a fan of this band. They check most of my boxes: punk, fast, their lyrics are there for more than just window dressing... oh, and they're from Chicago. This track, which is pretty hardcore, kicked off their third studio album (and my personal favorite) "Siren Song of the Counter Culture."
As a side note, lead singer Tim McIlrath performed the national anthem at Sox opening day a few years back. One of the more interesting renditions of the tune I've ever heard -- he's got a really unique voice to show off when he's not screaming. Anyways, enjoy!
Tip-off from Beasley Coliseum in Pullman is set for 2pm this afternoon. Coverage can be found on Pac-12 Networks, with the radio call on 850 KOA.
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