Quite a run


The atmosphere was pretty unbelievable. I wasn’t smart enough to go down to Detroit for the MLB All Star Game, or Super Bowl, or the World Series so I don’t know how it compares to those things.

But I have been to a few Lions games in Ford Field and they didn’t come close to comparing to the excitement in the Stadium last night, at least until the game started.

Unfortunately Carolina played almost perfect basketball the first 8 minutes and completely took the crowd out of the game, with the help of a bunch of MSU mistakes.

The city was packed, we tried to get into about 4 bars/ restaurants 3 hours before the game and weren’t remotely successful. All in all it was a great run, and a great weekend for the city.

Just from watching on TV, I thought the MSU crowd did a great job of attempting to get fired up. Every time State cut the lead under 20 it seemed like the crowd would roar back into it. But they didn’t have a whole lot to work with. UNC with a healthy Lawson was the best team in college basketball this season by a mile.

At the World Series in 06, we had to wait for a couple of hours just to get a table at one of the bars. Being out here in Boston for so long, I don’t take for granted the thrill of getting to be with a ton of people who are all rooting for the same thing. I doubt the Super Bowl or All-Star Game could really compare to that feeling, because those contests brought in so many tourists who don’t have the same attachment to the city or the local squad.


2 Responses to “Quite a run”

  1. Kenny Says:

    Yea the crowd wanted to get into the game. There were a few moments where I thought we might be on the verge of making a run, but each time we either shot ourselves in the foot or Carolina made a play.

    At one point with about 3 minutes to go in the first half we cut the lead to 17 or 18, and got a turnover and had a 3 on 1 break. They tried to throw an oop to Summers and turned it over. If he throws that down it brings the house down but really they should have just tried to get a high percentage shot.

    Another time early in the second half I think we got it to 16 and forced a miss, the rebound got tipped around, ended up with UNC and they got a bucket.

    And then with about 4 minutes to go we had cut it to 13, on their next possession Lawson made a great play and put the game away.

    Most people knew going in that Carolina was the better team, but that was probably the case against UConn too, as well as Louisville so there was some hope we could pull it out.

    Unfortunately Carolina got off to an unbelievable start and I think our players really got rattled (and maybe had flashbacks to the Dec. 3rd beat down).

  2. indeedindeed Says:

    Yeah, all of those moments you mentioned felt like daggers. Especially the three on one. Given how difficult points were to come by, to give go for the oop seemed absolutely crazy. but if it goes in and sparks a comeback we’re calling it the greatest play since that time grant hill caught the ball flying out of bounds and dunked it.

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