I'll be honest, I didn't even watch the National Championship game this year, for the first time in a decade. That's a decision I don't regret, either, although I heard it was a good game. Of the two teams playing, quite frankly I didn't want either to win. Sour grapes towards Michigan for knocking us out, and sour grapes towards Louisville for a couple things, namely March 2 and March 16. Mainly though, and I hate saying this, I'm kinda jealous of Louisville.
Yesterday ESPN.com had an article about what a championship would do for a trophy-starved program like Louisville or Michigan? Trophy-starved? Uhhh... Louisville won their 3rd national championship last night. Michigan only has one, (1989) so the argument applies to them, I suppose. Yet, isn't Syracuse trophy-starved, too? One national championship is amazing, but I want five more, dammit. I suppose I'm jealous of Louisville because as good as Syracuse's season was, it is hard not to compare it with Louisville's. They won the Big East regular season, beat us for the Big East Tournament championship, and God, I wish we had been able to play them last night, but ultimately they probably would have won anyways. I feel like Syracuse had a great season, but it is overshadowed by Louisville's, because we had a shot at winning everything they won. We could have won the Big East regular season if not for some bad luck and poor playing (OT loss at Nova, loss at Marquette, loss to Louisville at home were all winnable). If Syracuse played like they did when we made the run in MSG or the run to the Final Four, we surely could have won the Big East regular season, we weren't that far behind. As for the BET championship, we were so close, but Louisville got the best of us again.
So I am a bit jealous of Louisville and Rick Pitino. It is like the rich getting richer. At the same time, I watched more Louisville games than any other team this season, so part of me is definitely happy for them, and let's be honest, they deserve it; they were ultimately the best team in the country this year. And so the final poll of the year will read all summer, #1 Louisville, #2 Michigan, #3 Syracuse. A part of me is thrilled about that, and a part of me isn't ok with that, at all.