Fight

On Last Night’s Stanford-Cal Game. And Beyond

I don’t know if you were at the game and so if you were we’re tied in the following category. But my guess is that if you weren’t, I now have a new “Never Have I Ever” trump card.

Never have I ever seen an entire assistant coaching staff ejected.

Because that happened in Haas Wednesday night following the “Brawl in Berkeley” (that’s what people are calling it, right?). I mean, Mark Madsen got tossed. And what a ridiculous rule that only the HC can leave the bench to break up a fight. Whatever.

I kinda loved it.

But not that much. I won’t condone fighting, it’s pretty bush league, but I sure as hell love a rivalry game. I’ll always reference the “anything can happen” factor and it most certainly can. Cal was a 6 point favorite at home. They lost by 12.

When the dust settled from the scuffle and we watched the most tense final five minutes of a blowout I may have ever seen; and after Allen Crabbe tried his best at a mega comeback (assisting and scoring a swift 8 points post delay); and following Ricky Krekow going full Rudy for three of those minutes trying to get his entire lost season’s worth of physical contact in; indeed, after all of that the only thing Spencer and I could discuss was how could we get these two to play in Vegas.

As it were today, we’re going to need some help. Arizona will have to beat ASU and Washington must beat…OK well it’s impossible at this point but it stands that I want Arizona to beat ASU (handily). Write that down.

But there is one way in which this occurs (I’m telling you there’s a chance). Each of UCLA and Oregon lose-out and Arizona triumphs over ASU causing a four way tie for first and Stanford (currently sitting in ninth) stays where they are (I don’t believe they can move much beyond eighth). They’ll then need to win their first round game and – voila! – we have a Thursday Big Game!

Note: There is the obvious situation in which these two meet in the semis or finals but I want spice early and often which explains my hope for a Thursday meeting. Also, after scouring the standings and tiebreakers, this:

 

But the overarching point here isn’t a commentary on fighting or even rivalries for that matter.

It’s the ubiquitous fact that March is magnifying and tense and highlights everything we love about sport. It’s the lone time in our lives in which we encourage drama. For this fact, it makes total sense to put this thing in Vegas because if there was ever a place for drama to stay, it’s Vegas.

Last night we saw the 12th place team handle the 1st place team. We watched the ninth place team complete the convincing sweep of the third place team. And there is still a chance of that four-way tie for first in which case hell wouldn’t freeze, it’d just get hotter.

One week out. BRING ON THE DRAMA.

And maybe let’s party with Mark Madsen.

  • batmansf

    You’re a twisted man, Adam, but I guess I would take the 1 seed at this point that Cal would get with the 4 way tie. However I would NOT be rooting for the Tree to survive the 8-9 game vs. ASU. And if Jahii Carson could somehow humiliate Aaron Bright, all the better!

    • http://pachoops.com awbutler

      I thank you for that. I cannot wait for the brackets and the storylines to unfold. DRAMA FOR YOUR MAMA.

  • SFBear

    Was at the game. It was ridiculous. I was 90% sure a second fight was going to break out in those last 5 minutes. And the crowd . . . Even in the face of OBVIOUS defeat (on several levels) went ape shit after every meaningless basket. It was the most entertaining defeat i can recall.

    • http://pachoops.com awbutler

      Totally agree. There were two big tie ups and in one Powell literally picked up Aaron Bright and walked him away. It was amazing. Then Powell was also very shouldery and elbowy in the first minute or so once play re-started. Entertaining blowout indeed. Dying to see more in Vegas.

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