Thursday, December 3, 2009

M Is For Mediocre

It wasn't pretty - as usual - but the Flyers defeated Miami last night at Millett Hall. I'm sure you've probably checked out the DDN or watched the game on TV or online, so I'll save you all the recapy stuff. Instead, here are just some things I noticed from the short road trip my wife and I took.

- Holy crap is the drive from Columbus to Oxford awful. Actually, it's not bad until you pass Dayton. Then it's a matter of traversing on dark, rainy (in yesterday's case) rural highways until you get there. I think I had forgotten who awful the trek was.

- This was my third UD road game against a MAC school, and Millett Hall was the worst of the three. The first trip was to Akron last year, and while James A. Rhodes Arena looks like a large high school gym, the sight lines are fine and the atmosphere is OK. Toledo's basketball team sucked last year and sucks now, but Savage Hall is pretty nice. It's a clear No. 1 for me. Good seats, the rows are built up instead of on a slight slope (which puts you far from the action). Unfortunately, Millett Hall was bad. I didn't have high hopes. I knew it was a multipurpose facility, but it's just not good. First our seats didn't have a good angle, as you can tell from the blurry photo my wife took with her phone. You can't hear the PA announcer, the crowd noise seemed off. It was just a little disappointing. Miami has a pretty campus, but not a good basketball facility.

- As for the game, it was pretty much what I expected. UD would struggle out the game (and an 18-6 deficit counts) but would come back and probably win. The final couple of possessions were nervewracking, but it's just what I've come to expect for a Brian Gregory led team. They won't blow anyone out. At least it doesn't seem that way.

- Why does this team need to bleed its own blood this season before they start trying? The Flyers fell behind 18-6 before climbing back into it.

- Kurt Huelsman may have had his best game in a long time. At least in games I've been at. He actually wanted the ball and seemed to know what he wanted to do with it when he got it. Same could be said of young Josh Benson in his limited action.

- Charlie Coles still looks like the Cryptkeeper. He's still a great coach, though.

- Miami was led early by Kenny Hayes, who is probably in his 30s by now. I read that he's a fifth-year senior, but I'm pretty sure that's a typo. It feels like was at Miami when I was still at UD, and I graduated in 2004.

- To call the crowd last night "late arriving" would be an understatement. The Miami fans arrived late and basically sat on their hands for most of the game. That was only after they got done standing in my sight line for most of the first half.

- A note to the unfortunately dumbass majority of UD's fanbase. Stop saying "Luuuuke" and save your love for a player that brings consistent value to the team. The fans should love Chris Johnson like UD Pride posters love unrealistic expectations. Chris Johnson is my man crush and I don't care who knows it.

- When my wife and I went to Minneapolis last season for the NCAA Tournament, I told her that Charles Little wore the Daddy Pants in the win against West Virginia, so in his honor, each game I'm going to give out the Charles Little Daddy Pants Player of the Game. It may not be the best player on the court, but the one who steps it up when he's needed. Thus, the first winner of Los Pantalones del Padre is London Warren for his final two free throws. I was fairly certain he'd miss, and I'm really happy he didn't.


Mr. Blackburn said...

UC: Why do you think UD fans seem more enamored with Luke than CJ? I just want to hear you say it...

Uncreative Commuter said...

Well, one looks like they do.

The other is Chris Johnson.

Adam said...

It's what I call the Rose/Freel/Rosales syndrome, which was diagnosed after years of research. After a comprehensive study spanning four decades and lots of shitty Reds teams, the data concluded that Ohioans love them some scrappy white guys.

Except Kurt Huelsman. Ohioans don't give a fuck about him.

Uncreative Commuter said...


I totally agree with you but have two notes.

1) You can't compare Pete Rose to Freel and Rosales. Pete Rose actually was worth the adulation when he played.
2) It's not just Ohioans. I've been all over the Midwest in my 28+ years and there isn't a state I've been to in which the same thing doesn't happen.

Adam said...

Well, the Rose comment is more about today. You'll find more Reds fans rallying for Pete in the HOF than Barry Larkin, despite Pete breaking a major rule and being quite the lying jackass in real life.

And he's to blame for the scrappy love. There was one Pete. Rosales isn't great because he sprints to first base on a walk like Peter Edward Rose did back in the good ol' days.