Sunday, April 01, 2007

I Renounce My Florida Fandom

(Wait: What day is it again?)

24 comments:

Jason said...

Would have been more beliveable if you renounced Northwestern

Todd said...

And somewhere, an angel just lost its wings...

DrDoom said...

uhm what? so you just sort of go in and out with teams. Oh ure wife went there. oh so you were a fan and now your not.I hope they lost anyway.

DanShanoff.com said...

Wow: It's a JOKE. Perhaps not a particularly clever one, but still: Just a joke.

Troy (Gainesville, FL) said...

Come on, Dan, you should have put some effort in this and done a big write-up. You could have gotten, I think, at least 5 hateful, foaming-at-the-mouth comments.

Troy (Gainesville, FL) said...

Oh jeez... you still did fool someone? I hope not...

R. Crowe said...

Dan - Congrats. That was a beat-down. UCLA beats almost anyone else in the tourney, but simply can't match up to the Gators.

Anyways, and this isn't whining, but does it seem to you that this year's tournament games have suffered from an inordinate number of key players in foul trouble? Almost every game that has happened. Is it the style of play this year, or is it tighter officiating? Either way it has really defined a lot of games.

Smack said...

I agree with Troy, Dan. You should have done a Quickie-style analysis/roundup of the reasons you renounced Florida. It would have ticked off some, and provided humor for the rest of us.

DanShanoff.com said...

Damn! I blew it. But would I have really fooled anyone? (Probably not, but it would have been pretty fun to use it as a way to parody my own Florida fandom.)

It all begs an interesting question: What would be your PERSONAL April Fool's statement?

Troy (Gainesville, FL) said...

So here's the question. All this "teams are so much better this year" talk. Is that all a myth?

First, 3 of the best teams in the tournament last year turned around and made the final four this year. I understand that Georgetown and UCLA added pieces to make themselves better, and that the UF players (particularly Horford) have gotten better, but is taht improvement overestimated?

Second, people have been going on and on about the increased quality of play this tournament, but could you really tell a difference, quality-wise, between last nights games and last year's final four beatdowns? I was expecting a great matchup in the early game, and instead was treated to some ugly ugly basketball. It was still fairly entertaining to watch for a while, but no one would confuse it with great fundamental basketball.

I don't know. It's been bothering me all tournament. Maybe I just haven't watched enough basketball in my life to really tell the difference between good basketball and bad basketball, but at least last year games were competitive and exciting (until the final weekend). This year the boring first two weekends were supposed to lead to 3 great, well-played basketball games this weekend. I just don't see it.

Troy (Gainesville, FL) said...

But would I have really fooled anyone?

I think so for sure. Enough people consider your reasons for being a UF fan tenuous enough that they'd readily believe you jumped ship. And God knows there are believable reasons you could have given: 1) Joakim Noah should have gotten three technicals last night, and finally got you on the haters' side; 2) College sports is supposed to be all about sponteneity and excitement, and one school winning the last three major titles would destroy that; 3) The referees have clearly been giving Florida the Dwyane Wade treatment, and that sort of blatant cheating has worn on you; 4) You come from a Big Ten school, and you realize now, at the end, that you just can't sell out your Big Ten roots this badly, and 3 months after doing it in football: Go Buckeyes.

I think it would have worked. And even if not, would have been worthy of a good chuckle.

Brad X said...

You should have posted that YouTube video of Noah dancing last year after the championship game as your reasoning.

BobbyStompy said...

Bah.

Joe Everyman said...

Dan: Did you and Mrs. Quickie get a divorce?

DrDoom said...

in my defense i was really tired this morning. Interpret tired as you may.

DrDoom said...

i am gods line backer

ray lewis

oh that wasn;t april fools.

Jason said...

I wanted a write-up!

Mikepcfl said...

Dan, this doesnt rank up there with Syd Fynch (I admit SI got me, but I was just 15 or so). I read your renouncement and just went "WTF?" So a writeup would have made me at least give it a thought.

Cycledan said...

Worst. NCAA. Tournament. Ever!

- Comic Book Guy.

JeterIs#1 said...

U get pushed off the giant bandwagon?
I was reading AOL sportsblog today and not knowing the date when I woke up they had an article on Kobe going for 97 and I almost died. They didn't say the April Fools day thing until after the jump but by then I was amazed. Yours not so much Dan

JeterIs#1 said...

I agree this tournament hasn't been that special either. Doesn't have the upsets, buzzer beaters or great stories like Arizona in 97 where they stole america's hearts. I was ready for a great Final Four and those games were boring. Maybe the last few years have spoiled me but these last two final fours have been the worst in memory.

Eric Chase said...

UCLA beat Kansas and Pitt, two of the top 15 teams in the country, and Florida totally dismantled UCLA. I have a hunch Oden will be in foul trouble early, and Brewer is going to lock down Conley/Lewis and this is going to be a huge blowout!

Dikembe Meiztombo said...

I don't like Florida and Ohio State isn't that good.

I hope the Miami football team storms the gates, kicks the shit out of everyone and, pulls the fire alarms.

seriously. I'm not kidding.

Viva la revolution.

DrDoom said...

wow miami want sthe elemnt of suprise and yo just ruined it for them.And for the full effect I think miami should bring fiu with them.