March Madness: Time for sports headline writers to go into overdrive, describing at least one result per day (and often many more) as “stunning”.
Even in the hyperbole-oriented web world, this is irritating and lazy. Perhaps on occasion they could toss in shocks, drops, tops, stops, slaps, knocks, floors, flattens or – are you sitting down? – “beats”.
I am going to use this post to document the stunning phenomenon over the next month or so.
3/12, all on NBCSports, just for starters:
- Baylor Stuns Big 12 Champ Kansas (This one is mildly legit; it’s the first time in conference history that the 9 seed beat the 1 seed.)
- Last-Place Ga Tech Stuns Clemson (And yet, “Actually the outcome wasn’t that much of a surprise. For the third time in four years, the 12th-seeded team in the tournament opened with an upset of the No. 5 seed. And Clemson failed again to win the most prestigious of league tournaments on its 56th try — the only original member of the ACC lacking a championship.”)
- West Virginia Stuns #2 Pittsburgh (WV has won 23 games and is coached by Bob Huggins.)
- Syracuse Stuns UConn in Big East Marathon
3/14, ESPN headline: Another 1 Stunned (#1 seed UNC, minus starting PG, loses to #4 seed Florida State. Yeah, who coulda ever imagined.)
3/15, Fox Sports: USC Stuns ASU to Steal Tourney Bid (Inigo: “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”)