New York Magazine: Hey, Fordham Beat a Team That Beat the National Champion!

Via New York Magazine:

Goldfield for NY Daily News

It may not warrant a banner inside the Rose Hill Gym — in fact, this may not be worth celebrating at all, particularly to those who don’t follow Fordham basketball — but it dawned on us last night that new national champion UConn lost this season to a team, St. John’s, that itself lost to Fordham. (Storm that court, kids!) In search of a precedent, we contacted the Elias Sports Bureau and learned that it’s been 28 years since Fordham beat a team that defeated the eventual champion during that same season. On February 10, 1983, the Rams defeated Notre Dame (a team coached by former Fordham coach Digger Phelps). Then, in their very next game, the Irish defeated eventual champion North Carolina State (a team whose roster included future Fordham head coach Dereck Whittenburg). Like we said, not exactly banner-worthy, but when your alma mater’s coming off a 7–21 campaign, the little things help. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go watch that court-storming video again.

 …This article really annoys me. While many say, “Hey! It’s great to get some publicity!” My answer to that is, What publicity? That Fordham is a bad team that shouldn’t have beat St. John’s. That the world is ok because Fordham beat St. John’s. That doesn’t make any sense to me because they finished the season 7-21 and only won 1 game in conference. That is nothing to cheer about Fordham fans. What they needed to say was that this season was in rebuilding mode and this win makes fans sure that more upsets will be here in the future. Celebrate the upset and the storming of the court, but don’t call Fordham champions until they become one…

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