To Root for West Virginia in the Final Four

Why would a Catholic cheer for West Virginia against Duke, Butler, and Michigan State in the NCAA basketball championship? I am trying to be objective here. I am setting aside my intense dislike for Coach K’s #1-ranked unit from Duke. (My daughter is concluding a stellar career at UNC, last year’s champion and Duke’s bitter rival.) No, I am looking at this from a strictly Catholic perspective, with rosary beads entwined in my fingers.

Think about it: The Dukies are the “Blue Devils.” Please! You really gonna root for Satan’s minions?! Michigan State is a good ol’ Big Ten team, and I am a Big Ten fan. But coach Tom Rizzo’s men are “The Spartans.” Pagans! Plus, they defeated Tennessee and Frank is still smarting from the loss. (Frank quote: “Free-throws—sheesh!”)

That leaves Butler and West Virginia. With the last name of Bull, I can see taking a look at the Butler “Bulldogs.” But finally, I have to go with the lads from Morgantown, WV, “The Mountaineers.”

Ever heard of Mt. Sinai? The Sermon on the Mount? I predict West Virginia will do an angry Moses on Duke in the semifinal Saturday, and then wallop the pagans beatifically on Monday night. And Frank likes ‘em too because he is a hillbilly. ‘Nuff said.

So, West Virginia all the way! You heard it here first.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16021781602272064901 Allison

    Sorry, my heart is with Duke. My husband is a UVa. grad and a rabid ABC fan (Anyone But Carolina) Plus, I am a UMich grad and cannot, in good conscience, root for Michigan State!

  • Webster Bull

    Rooting for Duke, did you say, Allison? I'm not sure we said your position here at YIMC was totally finalized, did we? How about a side bet?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16021781602272064901 Allison

    GAME ON WEBSTER!

  • goodalice19

    Come on Webster!! It's Tom Izzo, not Rizzo, that coaches (so brilliantly) for the sublime Michigan State Spartans. He and his family are Catholics and generously support the Catholic Church in East Lansing. I will give you time to recant, after that, I will commence to oil up the rack.Go Green!!

  • Webster Bull

    @goodalice19,Izzo, Rizzo, Schmizzo . . . I'm an old Golden Gophers fan myself. Lived in Minnesota my first ten years and my parents had tickets.

  • goodalice19

    Well, I guess I can see how you might not like the Spartans and Tom Izzo (despite his adherence to the true faith). My notes indicate that he has POUNDED the Golden Gophers a mere 19 times since since becoming head coach.If nothing else, use that charism of reason that you have been taught by Fr. Guisanni in School of Community. It is self-evident, undisputable reality that the MSU SPARTANS are going to clean house.GO GREEN! GO WHITE!

  • Webster Bull

    @Goodalice, I'm hungry for a side bet. I lose, and you get one dead gopher. What's your offer?

  • goodalice19

    Dead gopher, huh? I'll take it, as in these economic times, who can even pretend to be proud?You will come out far better. If I lose, you get my Sparty doll. A work of fine craftsmanship. He used to sway and play the MSU fight song, however, due to a tragic accident following a particularly disappointing loss a couple of months ago, he is now unable to do either.

  • Webster Bull

    @Goodalice,LOL. The bet pays off only if one or our teams wins. I don't want to give up my dead gopher on false grounds….

  • goodalice19

    I don't think we need to worry about Duke or Butler…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16021781602272064901 Allison

    @goodalice19 HRUMPH!

  • James

    Remember way back when Rollie Massamino and Nova had no chance but won it all? Keep it in mind when Butler cuts down the nets!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09158421880497827083 Athos

    Seeing that I took a Masters degree from Duke University's Divinity School, met my wife there, hold dear Warsaw, IN from whence come the Plumlee brothers and where my father slipped away peacefully last New Year's Eve, I shall ever proclaim my love for the Blue Devils (their graduation rates and GPAs compared to other college programs, too), I will leave your taste in college b-ball hoops aside as a brother in Christ, Webster. Cheers

  • Webster Bull

    Hey, is that James rearing his once-blond head to comment on basketball?! :-) But Athos, whence the moniker "Blue Devils"?!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09158421880497827083 Athos

    Take a look see.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09158421880497827083 Athos

    Oh, yes. Did I mention that Coach K always crosses himself before the start of every game? :O) Cheers and Go Duke!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    I think Webster forgot that Marines are also know as Teufel Hunden which in English translates to Devil Dogs. Athos is making a pretty good case, but let's get real people. These games are a coin toss! I'm sticking with WV because I'm a hillbilly and I don't know diddly squat about who is better. My Bruins are sitting it out this year.

  • James

    Yes it is and I was never blonde – reddish/brown I think – it was a very long time ago! College basketball and ice hockey are great but college football rules! Too bad they can't come up with a tournament like March Madness.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09158421880497827083 Athos

    In reality, if my boys make it to the Sweet Sixteen, that's all I ask of them. Then it's, Let the Best Team Win. It was touch and go against Baylor. But I will always be a bit of a purist: I will root for the team – whatever team – that does the least chest-thumping and grimacing, that lets their game speak for itself. Usually it's the one with the least tatoos …

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16021781602272064901 Allison

    We are taping tonight's game because it falls during the Great Easter Vigil Mass!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01819831282677092730 Frank

    So much for that idea!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16021781602272064901 Allison

    Okay, so who to root for now? I had said Duke but who can resist an underdog. I am shifting allegiances.


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