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It's Madness, I tell you—Madness!
Butler men's basketball coach Brad Stevens normally patrols the sideline of the court by his bench with a rather calm, collected air about him. But that stoic countenance came off on Saturday night late in his Bulldogs' game against Marquette in the NCAA tournament. Butler ultimately lost the contest 74-72 on a final-second shot, that soon after a goaltending call went against Indy's NCAA-darling team.
Stevens' passionate reaction is now making the rounds online, as it's been applied to various disastrous situations in the history of the world and film culture. If you've ever wondered how Stevens might react to, say, the Hindenburg airship explosion or Mufasa's demise in The Lion King, now's your chance, courtesy of lostlettermen.com.
Elsewhere on the web, The New York Times put it thusly about the Bulldogs' storybook encounters at "the big dance": "Butler can be lethal late in games, especially in the national spotlight. Butler’s marvelous March stampedes are so entrenched in NCAA tournament lore that its teams can seem indistinguishable from one another, as if the same group of Bulldogs emerges from hibernation every March to lay waste to the brackets."
Said Stevens after taking the loss: “We’re going to go back and wish we could have controlled a few things a little bit better, but you do that with any loss. And you know, we talk about all the close wins over those runs and certainly the close wins this year, and ironically the only commercial I ever see is a close loss, Butler versus Duke.” (See No. VIII here.)
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