For as long as we've been coming down to the ACC Tournament, one of our favorite things has always been the Chick-fil-A cow-blimp that flies around the Greensboro Coliseum during time outs, parachuting little stuffed cows to fans below (including fans of the adult variety who are not the least bit shy about climbing over each other in desperate efforts to snag one). So imagine how disappointed we were to learn that Chick-fil-A is no longer one of the corporate sponsors of the ACC Tournament . . . and the cow-blimp has been laid off! Another victim of the economic crisis! First our 401(k)s, and now this! (Come on, people, Eat mor chikin!)
Aside from that, however, being here is still great fun. Today (Thursday) was the first of two marathon days of basketball -- four games a day! Just being a fan here is exhausting! We didn't make it down to Greensboro in time for the first game, an 11 AM match-up between the heavily-favored Georgia Tech and the dead-last in the regular season Clemson Tigers. Well, guess what? Clemson upset the Yellow Jackets! And now the Tigers advance to meet the Tar Heels tomorrow . . . likely giving UNC an easier day than they've earned.
In the day's second game, Wake Forest beat NC State. Their reward for that victory is getting to play the #1 seeded Terps at 3 PM (Friday). To no one's surprise, Boston College easily handled Miami, and will next play Florida State in what should be an interesting and competitive game. Finally, in the nightcap, billed as "The Battle of the Commonwealth," Virginia defeated Virginia Tech and will meet Duke tomorrow. Go Cavs!
With another long day ahead, the BasketCases are turning in. By the way, Petey says to tell everyone that he's loving his first trip to Greensboro! (Except he really really wanted to meet the Chick-fil-A cow!)
Good night all! Go Terps . . . beat the Demon Deacons!
Photo Credit: DC BasketCases
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Friday Morning Update . . . The Washington Post's Camille Powell reports that the Terps are "Coalescing at the Right Time," while Aaron Kraut of the Diamondback explains how much winning the title here in Greensboro would mean to Kristi and Marissa, who of course have a Natty but so far not this other big prize. Meanwhile, over on ESPN.com, columnist Mechelle Voepel engages in a little Maryland-related fantasy about what it would take for anyone to beat UConn this year. We won't spoil your fun; you can read Mechelle's musings here.