Patriot League Championship Live Blog- Bucknell vs. Holy Cross

Friday, March 09, 2007

Join me circa 4:30p for a live-blog of the Patriot League Final on ESPN 2. Should be a great game....just for kicks here are your award winners during the regular season.


First-Team All-Patriot League
Keith Simmons, Holy Cross, Sr., G
Andre Ingram, American, Sr., G
Chris McNaughton, Bucknell, Sr., C
Torey Thomas, Holy Cross, Sr., G
Jose Olivero, Lehigh, Sr., G

Second Team All-Patriot League
Greg Sprink, Navy, Jr., F
Tim Clifford, Holy Cross, Jr., C
Donald Brown, Bucknell, Sr., F
Jon Simon, Colgate, Sr., G
Jarell Brown, Army, Jr., G

Patriot League All-Rookie Team
Marquis Hall, Lehigh, G
Trey Stanton, Navy, F
Eric Meister, Holy Cross, F
Marcus Nelson, Army, G
Zahir Carrington, Lehigh, F

Sorry for the late start....had to make a beer run.

6-2 Bucknell at the 17 minute mark.

So there's a guy on Holy Cross named Simmons. I would normally assume that he's Bill Simmons' brother, but alas....he's African American. But I guess he still could be.

Simmons with a chance for a three point play. 9-4 at the under 16 timeout.

Some chicks look like their taking taking off their shirts. Good times.'s the women's team from Holy Cross.....they are supporting the Men's team in the same way they supported the Women's team the other day. Boring.

Early stat of note: These two teams are 7 and 8 in the Nation for Lowest points allowed per game. Should be a high scoring one. Thomas for HC is pretty damn fast. We're tied at nine.

HC is going with the zone early and getting a couple of turnovers. The amount of white people in the game right now is staggering.

FYI- Your announcers are Bob Wischuusuususuuseen and Tim McCormick. Tim Clifford is a big boy down low for HC and he's causing all kinds of problems for Bucknell. He's got 3 early blocks.

Another block for Clifford and Wischuuuuuuusen freaks out. Bucknell gets it back and hits a three.

Coke Zero said... Looks like Navy hoops is on the way back. In other news, didn't the LSU coach get fired for taking her shirt off to support her own team?

Ah yes....Pokey McPokerson. Both teams are settling into the "let's just shoot a ton of threes" mode. They are making them though.

16-14 Holy Cross at the under 12 mark.

Halfway through the first and Holy Cross moves the lead to 5. The crowd is rockin' for this game. It looks to be about 75-25 Holy Cross. Clifford is killing in this game. He hits a shot at one end and then get McNaughton to commit his second foul. That's huge.

"I feel like I really know him. After banging and grinding with him 12 times."- TMc, Talking about how he has never met McNaughton but he feels like he knows him. I have no idea where he was going with that one.

Holy Cross' coach is wearing a Nike Mock Turtleneck. Classy. Thomas gets destroyed going for a loose ball, but he's fine. 21-16 HC.

Simmons has 10 in this first half. He's going to make some GM smart for drafting him in the second round. He's a bigger/stronger Mardy Collins. Thomas gets a finger roll to fall and the lead is 7.

McCormick gives a good breakdown of a "cerebral possession" from HC. With McNaughton out of the game they should take every shot as close as possible. They can't be stopped down low.

25-18, 6 to go.

point23 said... Ever see that State Farm commercial where those kids get their uniforms stolen out of the back of their hapless coach's SUV? Yea, I think we found out whole stole them...Bucknell's uniforms are hilarious.

You ain't lying.

"Pat Doherty is a parasite as a player. I mean that as a compliment."- TMc.

Clifford gets yet another block and the lead is nine for the Crusaders. 4 mins left in the half. McNaughton gets an offensive board, but nothing is falling for Bucknell.

Under 4 timeout 28-19. Holy Cross' Defense is swarming.

Wischusen is taking to yelling a lot this game. "THIS IS A WAR!"

In keeping with the sexual undertones of this broadcast....Keith Simmons "bangs" a three, and he's got 13. Simmons is on a mission, or as the commenters would say.......A Crusade!


Bucknell finally stops the HC run with a layup, but Doherty hits a three on the other end. HC has to be shooting close to 60% this half.

"I have an image of a little Pat Doherty at eight/ten years old"- TMc, Whoa Tim! Whoa.

1 minute to go in the half. The lead is 13 and HC calls a timeout.

Wow....Holy Cross' listed famous grad is Clarence Thomas.

"Paaak tha caaaa in tha paaaaking laaaat"- BW, great impression Wischuuuuusen.

35-22 at halftime....Holy Cross leads.

2nd Half starting soon......Bucknell has to leave McNaughton in the game no matter how many fouls he has at this point. It's their only chance.

Your first half stats are sponsored by Guinness. First useful thing the Awful GF brought to the live-blog. Didn't think they could sponsor college events.

McNaughton picks up his third right away, and now Bucknell is stuck between a rock and a blah blah blah.

"If you can find five like Torrey Thomas just sit back and have a cigar"- BW

Cigar-->Monica Lewinsky-->Sex

Everything leads back to the whoopie.

Oh....18 point lead for Holy Cross.

"You can put the chances of McNaughton touching the ball on this possession at 85-90%. It's a guarantee."- TMc, well that would be 100%....oh and he didn't touch the ball.

Bob Wischussssseen brings up the term "scoring list"....what the hell is a scoring list? At the same time Timmy Mc is describing people as bouncy. This broadcast is falling apart at the seams.

19 point lead for the Crusaders.

Griffin hits a three and that's the first basket I've seen them make in awhile.

"He's a wackjob and I wouldn't have him any other way"- BW, on a description of Griffin.

Oh Bob Wischchcusucsuscen just reminded me of something I forgot to say. In case you were unaware...."the winner of this game goes to the tournament." (No shit Bob)

46-30 Holy Cross at the under 16 timeout.

Great offensive rebound by Donald Brown after an amazing segue from BW about test taking and "Brown....passing that test!"

Marco said.... I get the feeling that guys like Tim McCormick is the reason you created this blog.

You know me all too well Marco.

46-32 with 13 to go. Griffin has a nice little mohawk going. Bucknell's coach gives a psychotic look and a nose pick within a 10 second span. Awesome!

Timmy Mc uses the term cerebral for the 19th time today.

"If you're going to dig yourself out of a whole"- BW, talking about Bucknell's coach, er....comeback.

Only a 12 point game, and don't look now....Bucknell is back in this thing. The Bison fans are on their feet and Holy Cross looks worried. Mastropaolo cuts the lead to 10. The Bison force a jumpball and HC takes a timeout.

Don't you worry. That nosepick vid will be up tonight.

Lead cut to 8 now with Castleberry getting the roll. Thomas steps on the line, and turns it back over to Bucknell. McNaughton drops on in, and we've got a six point game. "It's the danger zone for Holy Cross"- TMc, Kenny Loggins anyone?

Clifford stops the Bucknell run with a baby hook. Griffin misses a three and we're at the under 12 timeout. 48-40 Crusaders.

10 to go....McNaughton is fouled as Clifford picks up his third. McNaughton to the line for a 1-1, and he hits both.....six point lead. answer an early question....McNaughton is from Germany. Simmons hits a three that was just huuuuuuge for HC.

Hahahaha. Timmay just tried to say "Seam and avenue...." and it came out as "Semen"

"You think you have a gap...a get to the hole"- TMc

Castleberry answers the three. Brown rejects a Holy Cross at the other end, and C-Berry hits the runner. 4 point game! Steal by Castleberry who misses a layup, but Donald Brown follows with the slam. 2 Point game!.

Foul on Bucknell and we're at the under 8 timeout. 51-49 HC. Wow...what a comeback.

Marco said... Holy Cross needs to get the ball to Simmons and clear out

No doubt. Simmons is playing very timid......very "not to lose". He needs to step it up here.

Okay....Bucknell's cheerleaders are naaaaaaasty! That girl weighed a good 2 hundo.

Clifford bricks a shot for HC, and Badmus misses on the other end. McNaughton fouls Thomas and that's his fourth. Torrey shooting two.

"Torrey Thomas doing his best Tim Hardaway impression"- TMc, you probably should just not mention that name.

Thomas misses both and Bucknell has yet another chance to tie or take the lead. And they do! We're tied!!!

Badmus with the steal and he's fouled! Bucknell going to the line for the lead.

"He's played with Shannon Brown....many players that are in the Big 10"- Timmy Mc, Douche......Brown is on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Pretty sure that's the NBA not the Big 10.

Simmons fouled on a drive after Badmus missed two. Simmons hits both, and HC is back up 2 with 5:00 to go.

McNaughton still on the bench. C-berry misses a runner, and the crowd is in it BIG TIME!

"And this is THE rivalry in the Patriot League. This is the Yankees-Red Sox, The Hatfield and McCoys"- BW, shut up....please.

4 point lead for the Crusaders after two more throws, and Bucknell calls a T.O.

57-53....4:09 left.

"McNaughton is back in with four fouls.....RIDE HIM!"- TMc, good lord he needs to stop this. I can't even keep up.

Thomas nails a three for Holy Cross, and it's not looking good for Bucknell. They might not have

"This is the 'If you're wearing orange...sit down and shut-up'"- TMc, Whoa Tim. What the hell? Could you show who you are rooting for more. About 3 minutes ago he also predicted that the students would be running on the floor.

C-Berry hits a three to cut the lead back to 4....2 minutes left. Griffin commits a dumb (questionable call) foul, and HC is going to the line.

60-56. Holy Cross.

Bob and Tim are ready for our exciting finish! Thanks Linda!!!

Clifford hits both, and it's a five point game. Bucknell has zippy timeouts left. Okay, Tim McCormick is officially the Charles "Mangina" Davis of college basketball. Shut up! The whole world knows they need to go down low.

"I'm trying to think of the best center in Patriot League History....It'd have to be Adonal Foyle"- TMc, Well Tim...there was this guy from Navy named David Robinson. But you're right....he never did anything.

"I know McNaughton isn't in the game, but you have to have him in there"- TMc, You ass! It's called a defense for offense's been around since the Peach basket.

Nose-Picker is pissed. 64-58 HC with 1:07 to play.

Griffin nails a three after two made free throws from HC. 5 point game with 49.3 left.

Bucknell's cheerleaders may be ugly, but the Crusader Band Suuuuuuuuucks.

Simmons gets tied up on the inbounds. Jumpball and it stays with HC. Simmons fouled and he'll head to the line. Keith hits booth and it's a three possession lead at seven points.

Griffin turns it over...McNaughton fouls out....and the Crusaders are going dancin!

Lead is nine, and Griffin hits a three. Bob Wischusen freaks out for some reason. It's a six point lead with 19 seconds's over.

72-66 Holy Cross wins, and Bobby Wischusen freaks the hell out. The nose picking video will be up soon......thanks for playing.

Holy crap! The Awful Girlfriend pulls out her eagle eye to notice that Thomas actually laid the ball in at the buzzer for no reason. Final score 74-66....why am I freaking out??? Well the spread was 4 for Holy Cross....the betting gods just gave a bunch of people a great start to a Friday Night (and a bunch of others quite a big headache).


Posted by Awful Announcing- at 4:06 PM


This game is going to resemble a football in the 40s.....Go Bison

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 4:51:00 PM  

Looks like Navy hoops is on the way back.

In other news, didn't the LSU coach get fired for taking her shirt off to support her own team?

Coke Zero said...
Mar 9, 2007, 4:59:00 PM  

Great, Abe Badmus is in one of his "I'm just gonna start launching threes" moods...

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:06:00 PM  

And Tyree from Bucknell looks exactly like Tracy Morgan....check it out when he is in

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:06:00 PM  

"I feel like I really know him. After banging and grinding with him 12 times." That's classic, I knew Tim Hardaway would hate Clifford

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:14:00 PM  

Ever see that State Farm commercial where those kids get their uniforms stolen out of the back of their hapless coach's SUV?

Yea, I think we found out whole stole them...Bucknell's uniforms are hilarious. I love the thick blue stripe around the bottom of the orange shorts...classy.

point23 said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:15:00 PM  

And Buckenll has no shot without McNaughton in there

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:15:00 PM  

Wouldn't every trip to the NCAA Tournament for Holy Cross be considered a "Crusade"? if that's the case, a win in this game would mean the 10th Crusade. If Holy Cross wins and loses in the Tournament, Dan Brown has another excuse to slander the Catholic church.

DigitalHeadbutt said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:18:00 PM  

"This is a WARRR!!!"

No, it's a Crusade.

DigitalHeadbutt said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:21:00 PM  

Buckenll was actually fouled 5 different times last possession....I think Bill Simmons paid off the refs...not liking Bucknell's chances

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:22:00 PM  

Offensive foul on Bucknell??? Now this is getting ridiculous...

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:25:00 PM  

Gotta love the little kids...

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:27:00 PM  

Who is the color guy?? There have been come classic quotes this game

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:29:00 PM  

Marco...Tim McCormick. He oozes sexy.

Mar 9, 2007, 5:33:00 PM  

I get the feeling that guys like Tim McCormick is the reason you created this blog

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 5:59:00 PM  

The crowd is chanting "USA! USA!" when McNaughton shoots free throws. Where's he from? Australia?

DigitalHeadbutt said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:07:00 PM  

Germany....Here come the Bison...

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:08:00 PM  

The Bucknell players have weird names. I'm just laughing as the ball goes fro Cassleberry to Badmus to Mastropaolo.

DigitalHeadbutt said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:09:00 PM  

The "Let's go ___ ___" cheer just doesn't work when your name has three syllables.

DigitalHeadbutt said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:12:00 PM  

I saw the pick too....Flannery is an intense dude....This game is eerily similar to when these teams played at Bucknell, Bucknell had 20 point second half lead and won by 3 at the buzzer

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:15:00 PM  

Ronald Schwarzenegger...brilliant.

DigitalHeadbutt said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:19:00 PM  

Hoy Cross, don't just sit there scratching your Castleberries, do something!

DigitalHeadbutt said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:20:00 PM  

Yesss.....Castleberry is taking over...Holy Cross looks tired

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:22:00 PM  

Holy Cross needs to get the ball to Simmons and clear out

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:22:00 PM  

Thank you for stating the obvious, TMc.

I see HC students wearing a shirt that says "AIR K"-something. What is the something? If it's "fed", I will never stop laughing.

What a manly rebound...TV gold.

DigitalHeadbutt said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:35:00 PM  

If there is an announcing Hall of Fame....this game is the first entree

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:40:00 PM  

The only thing that could make this broadcast better is sideline reporter Bear Grylls telling macabre stories about how Holy Cross reminds him of a Michigander's gruesome encounter with African lions.

DigitalHeadbutt said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:44:00 PM  

God I'm pissed, Bucknell had them....

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:50:00 PM  

AA- Here is what you need to do: Just write down all of McCormick's broadcasting "highlights" and send it to Deadspin. It was unreal

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:51:00 PM  

My dream of the Deadspin team preview is now over...

Marco said...
Mar 9, 2007, 6:57:00 PM  

I agree with Marco. We need to petition for AA to have an Awful Announcing HOF for games like this and Charles Davis' BCS Championship performance.

DigitalHeadbutt said...
Mar 10, 2007, 6:26:00 PM  

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