Wednesday, March 01, 2006

All Detroit, all the time

See that thing? That's the Cleveland State University Viking mascot. You probably didn't recognize it because next to surfing, there's nothing more irrelevent to the Cleveland sports scene than CSU basketball. Not since Kevin Mackey walked out of a crackhouse 20 years ago has anything that happened at Cleveland State mattered.

But if anyone could ever be excused for beating a dead horse, it's God. Apparently it's Detroit week in Cleveland, because Detroit beat us Sunday, Detroit beat us Monday, and Detroit beat us again yesterday. The "us" on Tuesday was the irrelevent Vikings, who lost 92-58 to Detroit Mercy in the Horizon League tournament opener. No mercy there, that's for sure!

No surprise, either. Detroit has eliminated CSU from the conference tournament four times in the past eight seasons. Since the Vikings have endured five straight losing seasons, have won just 43 games in that time, and have lost 19 straight at Detroit, no one should have expected a different result yesterday.

And don't forget, where did the evil Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl this year??? That's right -- Ford Field in DETROIT!

And lest you think it's just the men's basketball team that endured God's wrath, well, the Viking women also lost in the Horizon tournament yesterday. It wasn't in Detroit or to Detroit, but God likes to throw a curveball every once in awhile.

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