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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Loneliest Fans in Lucas Oil Stadium

Were the four West Virginia supporters huddled in primo seats behind the Butler bench. They jumped off the screen every time the action moved down the court because they simply did not belong. How could you miss those out of place yellow shirts?

Those West Virginia fans serve as a reminder that the Final Four (and all tournament sites) involve fans of four teams, not two. Most of us have been on both sides of the situation. My favorite memory was the bitter Gonzaga fan sitting in front of me for the UCLA/Memphis regional final back in ’06, two days after the Bruins launched a miracle comeback and left Adam Morrison crying. My worst memory was the money down the drain for the ’08 championship game after UCLA lost to Memphis at the Final Four in San Antonio. It always sucks to be on the losing end of the first game but at least the fans get a second game to mitigate the disappointment.

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