Monday, March 23, 2015

Musical Monday - George Mason by Paul & Storm

This song is technically about George Mason University's victory over the University of Connecticut in the 2006 NCAA basketball tournament. This was, as one might expect, a huge upset. Connecticut was a #1 seed in their region, and was considered a serious contender for the national title. George Mason was an #11 seed in the same region, and had already had to upset three other higher seeded teams - Michigan State University, the University of North Carolina, and Wichita State University - just to get to play against Connecticut.

In a larger sense, this song reflects the feelings of just about everyone whose team has been defeated in March Madness by some underdog. Villanova defeated by North Carolina State. SMU eliminated by UCLA. Iowa State shocked by UAB. Kansas bumped out by Wichita State. And the most tragic upset of them all, Virginia eliminated by Michigan State. From a purely neutral point of view, upsets are part of what make the NCAA tournament what it is - theoretically every team that gets an invitation to the Big Dance could wind up atop the heap at the end of the competition. But upsets are only a good thing when they happen to other teams. Not when they happen to your own. When it happens to your own favored team, an upset is an offense against everything that is right and good with the world.

In other words, this is a long way for this Cavalier to say fuck Michigan State.

Previous Musical Monday: Ode to the Brain! by Symphony of Science
Subsequent Musical Monday: I'd Do Anything by Kathe Green, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, and Jack Wild

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