3 Excuses Virginia Basketball Fans Can Use Since We Got Bounced From The NCAA Tournament Early

3 Excuses Virginia Basketball Fans Can Use Since We Got Bounced From The NCAA Tournament Early

UVA is a solid team, but no one is guaranteed to win in March Madness.

In all five of my brackets I've filled out thus far in lieu of doing my homework, I had the Virginia Cavaliers winning it all. And if I'm being honest, I really thought they would.

But I am also very practical, and seeing as the odds of any individual team winning March Madness are very slim, I made sure that I had all of my bases covered in case the Wahoos broke my heart once more.

Here are the three excuses I will be using because Virginia got bounced early from the NCAA Tournament.

1. Our region was soooooo tough!

The committee obviously has something against great defense. We're the number one team in the country, yet we got put in a bracket with Arizona's $100,000-man-child Deandre Ayton, Kentucky's three projected first-round draft picks, and a red-hot Cincinnati team? It was only inevitable that (choose 1):

a) Deandre Ayton put up 60 points and 30 rebounds against our undersized defense

b) Wenyen Gabriel hit fifteen threes in a row against the pack line

c) Cincinnati beat us in triple overtime on a full court Hail Mary buzzer beater (I'm not really that concerned about losing to the Bearcats, but it's nice to keep your options open)

Maybe next year we'll actually get the respect that we deserve!

2. De'Andre Hunter was injured!

On any other team, losing a guy who averages 9.2 PPG would mean absolutely nothing, but those 9.2 PPG accounted for 13.7 % of Virginia's entire scoring this year. That's roughly the same percentage of points that Klay Thompson scores for the Warriors. KLAY FREAKING THOMPSON! Imagine the Warriors losing Klay Thompson!

And without Hunter, there was nobody around to step up when Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome went a combined 0-37 from three against (insert team here).

You can't expect a car to start without its spark plug, so why would you think any different of Virginia basketball?

3. It was karma!

Of the 32 ACC teams to win both the regular season and the ACC tournament in the same year, only six went on to win the NCAA Championship. And three of those six teams were Duke, so they don't even count!

But more importantly, since 1985 the team to end the season atop the AP Poll has only won four NCAA tournaments. There's no logical explanation for that. Clearly, the basketball Gods, much like the tournament selection committee, hate success and excellence.

Now toss me my Sperrys and a pastel shirt and let's go to [insert drinking establishment here]!

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Braves Bullpen Fails Them Yet Again

This has become a recurring theme that needs to end.


Coming into the 2019 season, the Atlanta Braves knew their weaknesses. They knew that their pitching staff was their weakest aspect and that in order to make another playoff run. The club acquired a great starting staff, one that has proved itself greatly in the opening month, but one that has also been let down many times by their relievers.

A prime example of this fault is the Tuesday, April 16, loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Max Fried, a young pitcher making his third start of the season, proving himself yet again by only allowing one run through six solid innings. He was pulled in the sixth simply due to pitch count precautions, but the Braves held a 5-1 lead, leaving Brain Snitker comfortable with the pitching change.

That was until Chad Sobotka came in to relieve Fried and could not retire a batter. Jesse Biddle then came in to hopefully put out the fire, but he could also not calm the flames.

Not to take away from the Diamondback's offense in any way, but the two relievers were not throwing pitches that were competitive and were drowning in walks. The bullpen lost the lead, and the potential of a win for Fried, in the sixth as they gave up five runs giving Arizona a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the sixth.

Ozzie Albies ties the game up, giving Atlanta some hope back, but the pitching staff could not produce and eventually gave the game away in a 9-6 loss.

When a club acquires starting pitchers as young and as talented as those of Max Fried, it is crucial to have a line of support behind them. The Atlanta offense is so dynamic, but it is impossible to win games without a pitching staff that can finish out games for their starters.

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