About three hours after the high school softball team I coach lost 17-0, my beloved Marquette Golden Warrior Eagles lost by 18 to North Carolina.
The bright side: Neither game resulted in a late, heartbreaking defeat. No, I had plenty of time to get used to the fact that each team was in the midst of a whuppin'.
I was really impressed with the comportment of the hundreds of Tar Heel backers at the Charlotte establishment where a couple dozen of us MU faithful watched the game. Very little trash talk -- no doubt partly due to none of us Marquetters having any reason to do any woofing -- and a hardy "good game" at the end as my wife and I left the bar.
Anyway, it was a fun season for The Gold, and among the graduating seniors, only Jimmy Butler will be missed on the court. We will be a hungry, veteran squad next season, with a few talented kids thrown in the mix.
As for my softball team, that opponent was the best we'll face this season. Thank goodness.
Taking the rest of the weekend off to chill out. Have a good one, folks.