By Tim Baffoe-
(CBS) Hey, Golden Eagle enthusiasts and Warrior-holders-on, remember this?
And yet I have not received a single show of gratitude this season from Marquette Nation.
Supposed hoops experts did not think too highly of your basketball team prior to the season. Do you really think you would have your precious 25-7 record, proved the doubters wrong, and received the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament without me?
I did not attend a single Marquette game in person this season, though I was there in spirit—spirit being following @muathletics and the hashtag #mubb on Twitter and catching a game or two televised in Chicago if the Bulls or Blackhawks were not playing. But that is a good thing.
My sports luck is awful. In 1991 part of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium broke or something, forcing the Expos to play the final month of the season on the road. The Cubs had a two-for-one deal on a double-header that had to be moved to Wrigley Field, so my dad took my brother and me, age 9. How exciting to have my first-ever Cubs game be a double-header, right? It rained the whole time. And the Cubs lost both games. My dad was going to take me to a Bulls/Bucks game in Milwaukee in 1996 when he had a business trip scheduled there, but ended up changing the trip and not taking me to what ended up being the Bulls record-setting 70th win of the season (my dad and I are not on speaking terms, by the way). My brother can attest that I may be the only person to ever golf a 10 on a hole without putting.
Had I shown up to any Golden Eagle games, have you any idea the negative alterations that would have had on the season? You would probably be NITing right now.
I engaged in forced apathy for you, my brethren and sistren of the Good Land. Yet no pats on the back for that, huh?
And now it’s bracket-filling time, and guess where I have Marquette. Losing in the NCAA Championship to North Carolina.
Now, before you got all hot and bothered, understand the logic. If I pick my beloved Blue and Gold and Checkered Racing Stripes to win it all, we’re all doomed. BYU will win by 20 on Thursday then.
But by having Marquette come up just short, oh so close, the hatred of me by the gods of sport will work its magic. Plus, there is the added bonus of me picking them to lose to the same team that caused the Eagles embarrassing exit from the 2011 tournament.
So as the Mighty #mubb marches through the tourney, I want all of you Golden Eagles fans to think of me and what I’ve done for your program. I’m not asking to be showered in riches (though I won’t not accept free swag from the Athletic Department) or have a comped bar tab on Water St. or Kilbourn Ave., or even dinner with Freeway; rather, I just wish to be acknowledged as second in line savior-wise to the school’s boss, Jesus Christ—especially by summa cum laude alum Len Kasper.
Go Golden Eagles!
Tim Baffoe attended the University of Iowa and Governors State University and began blogging at The Score after winning the 2011 Pepsi Max Score Search. He enjoys writing things about stuff, but not so much stuff about things. When not writing for 670TheScore.com, Tim corrupts America’s youth as a high school English teacher and provides a great service to his South Side community delivering pizzas (please tip him and his colleagues well). You can follow Tim’s inappropriate brain droppings on Twitter @Ten_Foot_Midget , but please don’t follow him in real life. He grew up in Chicago’s Beverly To read more of Tim’s blogs click here.