Oh, because it sounds like “East” but also means “worst.” Very clever, internet.
In case you’ve missed reading any sort of basketball news over the last week (and it’s finals time, so I suppose we can move past that), you’ll know that the Big East is essentially disintegrating before our very eyes.
Louisville, as you’ll remember, recently announced that they’d be moving from the Big East to the ACC, where they can go from getting beat up by teams we just dislike, to getting beat up by teams we genuinely loathe. It’s no big feat to take note of the fact that Louisville pulled out literally just in time (zing). Any later, and UConn could have snatched up that ACC spot and left the Cards in the crumbling Inception-based Limbo that is the Big East.
It’s worth asking though: did Louisville escape the Big East collapse, or cause it?
Several teams had left the conference over the last couple years. West Virginia started the power plays with a move to the Big 12 that left everybody confused. Not just because the Big 12 no longer has 12 teams, and that’s freaking confusing, but also because Morgantown is about a forty-day ride in the truck from any Big 12 campus, making away-game ticket sales and interstate musket commerce that much more complicated. After WVU absconded with the Big East’s best coon-skin cap collection, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Pitt all jumped ship to the safe havens of the Big Ten and ACC, respectively. Heck, TCU stopped by, stepped in the door, and left without even taking his coat off. Must’ve forgotten something at home in Texas. All this left a few people, like Rick Pitino, pretty upset, but the Big East decided to stick it out and see what they could make of things.
That is, until this week.
After all of the heartbreak of the last two years, the seven catholic (aka “basketball only”) schools stuck around. But if the Big East couldn’t even keep Louisville, well then, there wasn’t much hope for the rest of the after-school gang. So while Rick Pitino can go on and on about how much he likes the Big East, it very well might have been his school’s boots on the pavement that sounded the death knell for America’s worst Big Six conference.
Who’s to say for sure what’s what in the escape vs. instigated debate. The timing, though conspicuous, could be just coincidental. But you have to wonder, in light of all that’s happened to the poor, old Big East: Did Louisville put it out of its misery? If so, at least that’s one thing we can give them credit for. Now maybe we can give that BCS bid to somebody who deserves it. I think a second SEC automatic qualifier sounds about right, don’t you? Say, one each for the East and West? Let’s try to make that happen.
Also, Georgetown is a Catholic school? Huh. I, um… learned something today.