To conquer and subjugate; vanquish.

Last night, the West Virginia Mountaineers conquered the Louisville Cardinals, and I could hear the crowd cheering clear across town from the comforts of central heating. By the way, all those people in the gym the other night turned out to be the ESPN announcers, which I recognized within the first minutes of the live broadcast. I couldn’t believe it! Doug Flutie, Craig James and Erin Andrews! Geez, if I knew anything about football, I would have said something, or at least returned the head nod…

Anyway, I could only stay awake until the start of the third quarter, but I had seen enough.

Even though the coach thanked the WVU fans for sticking out the 30-degree temperatures – TimesWV – the atmosphere inside the stadium was described by the commentators as subdued.

“This is not the Mountaineer fans we know,” one said, leaving me to wonder why? Everyone was yellowed out – the place was packed with 60,000+ maybe they were just cold? I know I was…OR, maybe they thought Louisville would be a walk in the park. Either way, the Louisville team played their tails off.

“I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty,” West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said. Ahhyup.

This morning, I was listening to the radio DJ’s knocking this CBS column, so I had to check it out. [groans]

Honestly, I’m not even a Mountaineer fan (I am coming around) but I am a journalist, and I had a hard time following the tone of the article after he said mountaineer fans are notorious for being some of the nastiest in college football. What does that have to do with the game?

What a dirty trick on objective journalism – his attitude was way too harsh and confusing. He writes: “Also done was West Virginia’s reputation as a front-runner that can’t handle adversity.

What?

Now I know what they were upset about because I’m upset now, too!

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