Jim Donaldson Gems, with support from Bob Driscoll

Posted: January 29, 2010 in Miscellaneous
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We posted about Jim Donaldson’s blog yesterday and today he has his full article up about it.  Like we said before, in the closing minutes we had no intention of storming the court, but when people started going so did we, and we don’t think that is anything to be ashamed about or embarrassed about.  We respected Donaldson’s position, even though he was making weak arguments about us having a good record against UConn in the past few years and all, until he took things a little too far and embarrassed himself in the process.

It’s not about winning. It’s not about the team. It’s about self-indulgent students, out for a good time, overexcited adolescents who can’t differentiate between a good win and a great one, and could care less, as long as they get to cavort on the court, in front of the cameras.

Although we disagree with Donaldson’s stance, this passage from his article says all you need to know about him.  Apparently Jim doesn’t understand college basketball.  This was all about the team.  The students don’t go to these games to be on TV.  Trust us when we say people could care less about being on COX, because nobody is really watching anyway.  And for the games that are on ESPN, nobody is running on that court thinking that they will stand out in that crowd of people.  I think that thought is a little ridiculous.  Jim’s remark is so far off it is a embarrassing and I’m surprised it made it to print.

And how about this part from Bob Driscoll

“It was a very nice win.  But we’d like the kids to act as if we’ve done this before… We want them there. We want their enthusiasm.  But it’s not about them running on to the court, taking cell-phone pictures and sending them to their friends, asking if they saw them on TV.

Well Bob who can’t have your cake and eat it too as they say.

Once again, who is even watching COX to begin with.  Nobody is asking if they were seen on TV.  And whether we, Jim, or Bob Driscoll likes it or not we didn’t expect to win last night.  We are Providence and we are an underdog almost all of the time.  Interest is being generated.  Freshman are finding out they have something to root for in PC Basketball.  You got to take some of the bad with the good.  And if that means storming the court and upsetting the basketball gurus at ESPN or the fans of UConn than there are worse things.  Also we are glad Jim pointed out that Kansas State didn’t storm the court after beating Texas, but they were also ranked in the top 15… and if they had… who cares.  Good for them.  Good for the players, the students, the school the whole thing.  That is what Jim completely misses.  There is passion for this team.  There is school pride.  Students go to see the Friars play, and that is where there good time comes from.  And for the naivety of the fans as both Bob Driscoll and Jim pointed out… guess what… just because you go to a basketball school doesn’t mean you know everything you need to know about basketball.  Some people who stormed that court were at there first game ever.  Maybe they don’t know the difference between a good win and a great one, but does that really matter.  You can be as passionate as they come, but not know too much about basketball… because the passion is for the school, Providence College.  And when the team has success it doesn’t hurt to show off your pride.  Wednesday night was people celebrating a really good win for the school that we are all a part of.  (And for that matter why wasn’t this an issue the two years ago when we stormed against UConn, or last year when we stormed against Syracuse?  Or is it that Jim has already forgotten about those, because unless you were running on that floor you probably aren’t going to remember it down the road anyway [Pitt is the exception])

And we really ask, besides UConn fans, URI fans, the Jay Bilas’ of the world, and apparently Jim Donaldson… who cares?  News flash not many people.  Other teams and fans from around the country aren’t looking around and still thinking how laughable storming the court was.  Like we said, we probably wouldn’t have ran out on to the court, but we defend it completely.  Especially when a useless sportswriter like Jim is so hung up on it.  So maybe Jim could write some rules, as to when it is appropriate to storm the court.  Rival games are clearly out.  What about if we had hypothetically won four out of the last seven meetings with Syracuse, but we beat them when the come to The Dunk this year and they are ranked as high as they are now… do we storm?  They are #4 in the country, but four years ago we beat them by 12, they aren’t number one… so what do we do???

And Bob Driscoll, we are disappointed, the student body have never been overwhelming fans of you, but I would like to think that you would be a little more understanding.  Maybe you should set up classes on basketball fan etiquette or something.  He said he was meeting with student leaders soon to discuss the storming, we will see what happens but we have confidence in our student leaders to reason with Bob.

And by no way are we knocking the ProJo here.  Obviously we link to them all the time, and like a lot of what they put out.  Kevin McNamara just recently wrote a really good story about Greedy that we posted about.  This is about Jim Donaldson, and how he has clearly become detached from college basketball, and the Providence College fan base.  To his credit though, it must be very difficult to write about stuff you have no idea about.

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