I am in the office on a Saturday cursing being gainfully employed and I thought the best way to avoid real work was a TNIAAM fan post. Now that Syracuse is fully into its last Big East basketball season I have started to think about how I would like to see the season play out. Obviously I would like to see the Orangemen win both the regular season and tournament titles on the way out the door (and for JAB to paraphrase a jackass on the way out ("The Big East is SHUT DOWN!).
But other than that the thing I think I want the most is to see the "Catholic 7" become the "Bottom 7." Looking at the current standings it seems possible if unlikely. The biggest challenges are to get Marquette on a losing streak and South Florida on a winning streak. Providence is already doing a great job in second to last place, and DePaul is really showing something by just edging out Seton Hall for 12th place. Currently 5 of the bottom 7 spots in the Big East are held down by a Catholic 7 member.
I have no problem with Catholics (I am one) but I think that if you look at the last 15 or so years of mismanagement of our once great league the Catholic 7 bear the most responsibility for its slow death. I also find their hubris to be at Kenny Powers-like levels. I honestly can't wait for their new league to fail to be a step up from the A-10 and actually be a step down from the MAAC. I will not be happy until Georgetown grads living in NYC have to pay extra to get Time Warner Cable's "Chamomile Tea" package just to watch games on the OWN network.
What can we do to support this effort? Let's brainstorm people. Obviously I can't look at the schedule and figure out the math behind how we get the Catholic 7 to the Bottom 7 (I am an "Esq" for a reason), but I can suggest the following: When #5 Rutgers (yeah seriously how did that happen?) beats a C7 team clown your friends who go there on twitter. Maybe we use the hashtag #C7bottom7. Offer your friend who goes to Nova pennies on the dollar for their full session BET passes under the assumption that the Wildcats are out on Tuesday. Maybe a fanbase that is even more demoralized will carry over to their teams. Remember don't waste your efforts on Notre Dame fans, although Catholic they aren't C7, they are joining the ACC, and Notre Dame basketball fans exist only in theory or on Te'o's Friendster account (topical).
Let's all hope that come Thursday and Friday of the Big East Tournament all the C7 schools have cannibalized each other in the early rounds, that ticket market hits a bottom, and we can take over MSG for one last great MSG run by Syracuse. Until 2015 when the ACC comes to town.