I was afraid this might happen even though I wanted VCU to win in the worst way. When the Kansas team dissed the UR team and I did not see an apology for it by the coach, I wanted to see a big win by VCU. A don’t mess with Richmond statement! According to the Times-Dispatch Kansas coach Bill Self said, “Typical stuff,”…”It wasn’t anything.” One of the KU players then added to it:
“I don’t even know where Richmond is. I’ll probably never go there anyways.”
Obviously a victim of too much left wing history! Richmond is the home of “Give me liberty or give me death” and the capital of the Confederacy and the boyhood home of Arthur Ashe. Nothing interesting. Only the first African-American woman to own a bank, who called for her people have a business and seek economic empowerment – a woman of Christian faith – Maggie Walker – lived in Richmond. Pole Green Church is outside of Richmond – religious freedom and revival shrine. Thomas Jefferson designed our capitol. John Marshall’s house is here. No reason to come here. (Here’s the tourism site to find more reasons not to come to Richmond!)
Maybe it won’t be as famous as “Give me liberty or give me death” but the “We’ll see” of VCU’s Joey Rodriguez to the trash talking “The run ends here,” may enter the lore of Richmond’s storied history.
But now it is Butler v. VCU! Either my hometown or Brad Stevens will be mad at me! What do I do? The only thing to do: GO VCU! Got to go with the hometown champs with the consolation prize being the Bulldogs back in the final game. Here’s a breath-taking thought: Either the Horizon champ or the fourth place in the Colonial and tourney runner-up will play for the national title. To paraphrase the Greatest Hanoverian, “I know not what others may do, but as for me give me VCU as national champs!”