The air is brisk as the moon is still fighting with the sun for space in the sky. My coffee pot is percolating, filling my kitchen with the sweet smell of a beverage I’ll soon consume.
Then it happens…
LOVE the 11 AM ET start time today between Seton Hall and Xavier.
League Commissioners, want to take it a step further?
Start playing games at 10 AM ET on weekends.
Be authentic. Separate!
College Basketball NEEDS more standalone games!#shbb
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 1, 2020
What in the actual fuck? We’re having college kids play shooty hoops at a 11 o’clock in the fucking morning?
At 11 AM (Eastern Standard Time) on a Saturday, like many other Americans making ends meet, I have work. Those who don’t, they’re either sleeping in, at their kids’ biddy basketball game or still too drunk from the night before to function.
College kids usually fall in the latter category; though some might have classes, or go visit family or do a billion other things that aren’t attempts at being legitimately productive.
In the wide world of unpaid laborers trotting about hardwoods for our entertainment, if a game is kicking off at 11, it means the players usually arrive at the arena at least two hours before. For those bad at this newfangled fancy-math, that’s 9 AM — a time of the day best known for people staring at walls in their houses, clinging to lifelong regret and hatred of immediate family.
What’s this blog about again?
Oh… early morning shooty hoops.
Rothstein’s tweet is on-brand for him. That’s fine. I know Jon. He’s a good dude. Others do not. Some people dislike cheese, but others swear by it. So is life.
If the NEC, Patriot League, AEC, or any other lower-major wants to, fine? At least then I’d get it, as they wouldn’t have to fight with others for the limited head-space a college basketball loving nation has available at any given time when numerous games are on. But for the Big East Conference, on FOXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX SPORTS? Nope.
God damn FOX. Solid Snake tried to warn us.
And this, my friends, is what people in the industry call a random, stream-of-conscious blog post without much of a close. Early in my career, I was taught a column is over when you have nothing left to say. So, with that, this is…
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