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Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

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Madness Amid March Met Mundanity

If you can handle a brief diversion from achy players and tetchy managers (not to mention defendant owners), it overjoys me to report that in a rare March game that counted and got my attention, it was USF 65 Cal 54 Wednesday night in Dayton. Really, it was more like Silent Cal, as they trailed your University of South Florida Bulls by as many as thirty, thus reminding me of the lady who told notoriously taciturn President Coolidge that she’d made a bet that she could get him to say more than two words. His response?

“You lose.”

Enough about the Golden Bears. It’s the Golden Brahmans — as my alma mater’s teams were long ago known — who are moving on in the NCAA Tournament for the very first time. USF was previously party to March Madness in 1990 and 1992, one and done on both occasions. This year, we seeped into truTV’s prime time lineup as one-eighth of what they call the First Four. Some said we didn’t belong, not even on the outskirts of the Big Dance. But the First Four represented a foot in the door, and now we’re fully inside the gymnasium.

(See what happens when you make the big postseason tournament now and again?)

Next up for the Bulls is Temple on Friday night. I don’t think I’ve been so excited by such a prospect since I was nine and briefly entranced by what they were telling us in Hebrew school.

5 comments to Madness Amid March Met Mundanity

  • InsidePitcher

    Congrats Greg – Go Bulls!

  • NostraDennis

    Go Bulls – gore the Owls!

  • The only time I’ll ever utter these words when it comes to basketball: GO BULLS!


  • BevWorldJim

    I came today because I knew Greg would have something to say about this!
    I remember your excitement in 92, and in your honor I chose them this year in my bracket for a first round upset!
    Alas, I will not elaborate on my prediction for the round of 32 :/
    But my heart is in it for you!

    • I brought my tiny TV into work to watch USF not advance in 1992. It came in handy in later years for Mets games, presidential press conferences and whatnot. I think I had the Bulls going onto at least the Sweet Sixteen that year. Oh well.

      Appreciate your connecting the Bulls horns all these years later.