Storming the court used to mean somethingby Eric Schwartz
By any kind of standard it has been a bad season for the men’s basketball team at Upenn.
The season started with 10-straight losses and didn’t get much better from there. So when the Quakers put together their best effort of the season and stunned No. 22 Cornell, 79-64, on Friday it was understandable that the home fans were a little excited.
It was just the fourth time the team had won all season and its first at home.
For one night it brought back the memories of the Fran Dunphy teams that made postseason play a regular occurrence – even if it was for just one game of the NCAA Tournament.
Because of that I can forgive the Penn fans for becoming the latest group of fans to misuse the “storming of the the court.”
When fans stormed the court it used to mean something. It used to mean an unranked team had just beaten the No. 1 team in all of the land. It used to mean that a rival was taken down by a half-court buzzer beater.
It used to mean that something of great significance had just happened.
Now, something as little as a medium-sized upset qualifies as just cause to run down from the rafters and celebrate wildly on the court. For the most part it is harmless. The fans are just having the kind of fun college kids should have.
The only issue is that of overexposure. I want to see kids storm the court – but I want to see that happen after I just witnessed a game that will stick with me for the next couple of days.
Penn beating Cornell hardly qualifies.