A thing a lot of us have in common is enjoying it when a perennial loser finds a way to win. It works for any sport. Pretty much every sports movie is based on the idea of an underdog beating a team of mean jerks. The Mighty Ducks. The Bad News Bears. The Replacements. We pull for the little people.
That’s why South Carolina beating Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament was so great. The Gamecocks are hardly a basketball power and Duke is basketball evil incarnate. Even if you had Duke going far in your bracket, a part of you is happy you don’t have to celebrate Grayson Allen winning a championship.
And the people running the University of South Carolina’s Twitter account are here to revel in this moment.
Heck yeah. Duke is shook. Very shook. So shook. We can now move on to the Sweet 16 where… oh we’ve got more?
OK, now they’re owning a USA Today story about how Duke had a clear Final Four path with Villanova losing. Alright, fine. I don’t know why USA Today gets called out when they entire free world thought the same thing, but fine. You’re feeling yourself. If we can, let’s turn our attention to… OK, still?
Get it? Because Duke lost. They did not win, so when you click the link and see “NO” in big letters, that tells you Duke did not win.
Now that we’re done with that… oh come on, South Carolina.
Wow, I can’t believe the official school Twitter tweeted emojis indicating Gamecocks were better than Blue Devils earlier in the day, then the Gamecocks beat the Blue Devils. Shocking. I would have thought the official school Twitter would have picked against its school’s basketball team. Wow. You called it.
This is why sports movies end after the big upset by the scrappy underdogs. If you had to sit through two hours of Shane Falco tweeting about how he beat Dallas to send the Sentinels to the playoffs, you’d be annoyed as hell walking out of the theater. Fire off one tweet. Maybe a second. After that, you’re becoming that team that has obviously never won anything and doesn’t know what to do because you’ve never won anything.
Having said all that, go South Carolina. Each subsequent win will torture Duke fans so I’ll deal with the half-dozen gloating tweets that come with it.