Saturday, May 26, 2007

The good and the bad

The good news: the Jazz beat the Spurs big
The bad news: BYU baseball lost to TCU for the second time this weekend, ending their season.
The good news: No one really cares about BYU baseball.
The bad news: The Spurs are angry.

I was up and down all night tonight. First, I had to witness the team I have grown to truly love, namely the BYU Cougar baseball team, lose a heartbreaker to TCU. BYU worked the Frogs early, only to let an 8-1 lead slip away. 8-1! Do you know how hard it is to overcome a seven-run deficit? If it was hard in little league, it's harder in college; yet the Froggies did it, and now the Cougs are the first losers of the MWC tournament. But check out how it ended:

BYU had a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. Matt Jensen, BYU's most solid closer, was on the mound, and he retired two early. Catch that? BYU is ahead by three, it's the bottom of the ninth inning, and there are two outs. Then Jensen gives up two hits (maybe one was a walk) and Austin Adams, TCU's right-fielder, belts a three-run homer- OFF THE FIRST PITCH HE SEES- to tie the game. The next batter hit a double, and the batter after that hit him in. TCU wins.

Unbelievable. Insert Las-Vegas-luck cliche here.

On the bright side, BYU had a heck of a season, and they'll be back next year. BYU has but three seniors on its team, and the athletes they have on their squad will ensure successful seasons for a long long time. Also, they won one more fan to their cause. I just can't wait for next year; I'll be able to watch the games without worrying about making deadline.

Of course, I will miss the press-box pizza.

On to the Jazz. Good game, eh? The Jazz were finally able to string four quarters together, and actually blew out the Spurs. Good for them, but I'm still cautiously pessimistic. If you recall, my last post was all about how the Jazz will win game three and lose the next two. So far so good.

Oh stop it. I'm still the rabid Jazz fan I was in November, but if you're completely happy after tonight's game, you've got to lay off the kool-aid for a while.

Now the Spurs are angry and they are sure to re-calibrate themselves to play in the hostile ESA environment. The best teams always make adjustments to win games on the road. That's why I wasn't afraid when Golden State routed us in game three, and that's why I'm scared out of my mind after tonight's game.

But there is a glimmer of hope. The Jazz can win game 4, but only if they prepare for a different Spurs team. The Spurs beat us in game 2 by out-thinking us. In order to win game four, the Jazz have to do the same thing. We need to anticipate their adjustments, and remain one-step ahead. Furthermore, if we can continue to cause Parker problems, then I like our chances.

So here's the kicker: if the Jazz win game four, we take the series in six. If the Spurs win, they'll win in five. How's that for covering all my bases?

Ahh... bases. Poor Cougars.

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