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Can we even comprehend what Butler's just done?

Posted on: March 26, 2011 8:14 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2011 8:18 pm

Posted by Matt Norlander

In sports, it's believed just about anything's possible. That's part of why sports captures our attention; why we watch the games and contests and races and such. You never know what could happen. It could happen. That thing. That remote thing we don't want to think about too much, lest it break our hearts. But, still: happen. Please ... happen?

And I'm not even talking about a long shot winning a title here. I'm talking about Butler getting back to the Final Four, making it there as an eight seed(!). Doing this after losing Gordon Hayward and in a year where it started its Horizon League campaign 6-5 and lost two games to UW-Milwaukee on top of getting defeated by miserable Youngstown State and Evansville. There were other losses in there that now seem like outliers but for so long seemingly signaled a hangover season.

We were drunk for ever doubting Brad Stevens. now Butler's going to Houston. The above paragraph is the root of what unpredictable means. Can you get off your couch right now, walk around your kitchen and wrap your ahead around what a small Indianapolis school has accomplished in the past 12 months? This isn't starting to make any sort of sense, and I love that.

Butler's becoming something very big very fast in college basketball. It cannot be overstated, overemphasized or overblown how impressive it is that Stevens has coached his team to a 9-1 record in its last 10 NCAA tournament games. It's only 10 games, but it's not only 10 games. It's increasingly hard to win in March, yet Stevens looks like he's watching from his neighbor cut the lawn from his window. Kill off the Gonzaga/Mark Few comparisons; those are now an affront to Stevens' reputation.

How many storylines are out there? You can go with the immediate, that Butler finally got revenge for losing at the buzzer in the 5-12 game in 2000 to Florida. There's the lack of Hawyard. And Matt Howard stepping into a huge role this season. And Shelvin Mack. And just how dumb it is that a Horizon League program can get to the Final Four in back-to-back years with an average seed of 6.5 ... and that's barely registering on our radars.

There's also Butler's run and the three awesome games against Old Dominion, Pittsburgh and Florida. It won all three. Wining close, winning in overtime. Butler's way. Or one of the 12 Stevens storylines we'll tackle leading up to the Final Four. One that immediately springs to mind: at the mid-major level, he now has no rival, and he's reached that elevation in a year's time.

There will be thousands upon thousands of words in the next eight days dedicated to Butler's incredible achievement. Let these simply and merely be some of the first. All of it's deserved. All of it unbelievable — a word used more haphazardly than love, but applies here. Both of them do. Because how can you not love Butler?

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Since: Jun 7, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 4:57 pm

Can we even comprehend what Butler's just done?

How can ReverendJC correct anyone? He says "go back and take a "BASIS" English/Grammar class....riddled with "BASIS" errors. Maybe u mean you should proof read your own work. Also you say:"loose the voice", when it the correct term to be used is "lose". Loose is when somethin ain't tight like the screws in your head! Slow down Rev and look in the mirror. Your English skills are horrible.

Since: Jun 7, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 4:50 pm

Can we even comprehend what Butler's just done?

Virgina Commonwealth has done some BIG things of their own. Butler & them are deserving of the chance to playh in the title game. Both cinderella stories, Virgina Commonwealth hits a crazy amount of 3s & they make their free throws. VCU is legit. Butler is scary too. Mack & Howard are tough. Mack's NBA stock is soaring. We'll see a nail biter. Tough to call. I say if VCU is hitting from 3 like they did today (40% or better) they will win, if not then Butler will edge them out.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 4:49 pm

Can we even comprehend what Butler's just done?

There will be thousands upon thousands of words in the next eight days dedicated to Butler's incredible achievement.
Go ahead and copy and paste those "thousands of words" under a paper dedicated to VCU...

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 4:47 pm

Can we even comprehend what Butler's just done?

Butler feats? Awesome!

VCU feats in this tournament ... jaw-dropping!

Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:31 pm

Can we even comprehend what Butler's just done?

seriously reverendjc, get a life. i've seen you post numerous entries chastising the writers for grammatical errors. give it a rest. how annoying!! you must be a terrible person to be around.

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:26 pm

Quite the silly question, Mr. Norlander

It took you a while to finally 'spit' it out, but you missed some of the relevant points . . as those pointed out by "INDY". Staying up in the wee hours here in Europe to witness very good, if not excellent, TEAM basketball, is sleep depriving.  However, it is truly worth the sleepiness that follows later in the day to catch a dedicated coach with an equally dedicated team take on the so-called 'elite' of the college basketball world.  In Germany, it is difficult to relay such emotion and feeling (soccer rules supreme) and how it might be treated in comparisonl.  There is no more exciting sport than witnessing a Final Four in person . . even the Super Bowl  lacks in comparison.  Granted, one must be an avid fan, but it certainly would be almost heaven to be in Houston next week.

Since: Mar 24, 2011
Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:05 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:22 am

Can we even comprehend what Butler's just done?

It is important to put this amazing development in some context to measure its magnitude. Butler competing with teams like Florida who have huge recruiting advantages over a small school in Indianapolis is mystifying to say the least. The size and athleticism of Pitt and Florida against heart and hustle. Kids who will graduate and contribute to their communities. A coach who appreciates where he is and doesn't chase the almighty dollar but believes in loyalty and dedication. I know of no story in college athletics that supasses this one. I hope all AD's in the country will pause and reflect on doing it the right way. Not only can winning be accomplished the right way but it is happening at Butler.

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:18 am

Can we even comprehend what Butler's just done?

Seriously Norlander, proof-read your articles.  Or, if you are proof-reading them, go back and take a basis English/Grammar class.  Blog after blog that you write and post is riddled with basis errors--lots and lots of basic errors.  I try not be one to put form over substance, but when the structure of your writing is not sound you basically loose the voice you are obviously desperate to develop. 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:14 am

Can we even comprehend what Butler's just done?

Not relevant...............

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