Can an ugly loss be a good loss? The George Mason Patriots had the country’s longest active winning streak going in to today’s CAA semifinal in Richmond. They got drubbed by the hometown VCU Rams, 79-63.
The winning streak had to end sometime, right? Isn’t it better to lose now than in the NCAA tournament? Of course that makes the assumption that Mason will be in the NCAA tournament. All the conventional wisdom says that GMU is a shoo-in for an at-large bid. Before today’s mess, the Patriots were ranked 25th in the nation.
Yesterday when I wanted to watch Mason’s quarterfinal game, ESPNU was showing lacrosse. At least I was able to see the game online via ESPN3.com. Today was no better. Instead of my big screen TV, I had to watch the game on my laptop. Both days I listened to a little bit of the pregame show on WGMU via my WiFi clock radio. Today I thought it would be cool to listen to Bill Rohland’s play-by-play while watching the game but the streaming audio was so far behind the streaming video it almost gave me a headache. The outcome of the game didn’t help.