Jun 7, 2013
Battleship College Games Could Be Off

CBSSports

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/22369494/battleship-basketball-could-get-sunk-for-next-season

We’re now approaching mid-June with no announcement of the November motif that’s earned college basketball widespread attention, publicity, even criticism the past two seasons.

Where are those games on the boats?

Aircraft carriers, to be exact. In 2011 Michigan State and North Carolina played off the coast of San Diego. President Obama showed up. It was hailed by many as a success and an example of how outside-the-box thinking can boost college hoops’ exposure in the thick of the football calendar. Then, last year, the inevitable, American overreaction. Why have one when we can have three! San Diego State-Syracuse (seen above) was the only one of the three scheduled games that was indeed completed. Georgetown-Florida played a half before the court became too wet to safely compete on. Similarly, Marquette-Ohio State never even began because of — and I love this — the dew point affected the floor’s surface.

Of all the reasons a college basketball game has ever or will ever be canceled, no nixing can be more comical than “dew point levels” halting play. Combine it with this photo and you see why the catastrophe led to a likely hiatus of battleship basketball next season.

Battleship College Games Could Be Off

CBSSports

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/22369494/battleship-basketball-could-get-sunk-for-next-season

We’re now approaching mid-June with no announcement of the November motif that’s earned college basketball widespread attention, publicity, even criticism the past two seasons.

Where are those games on the boats?

Aircraft carriers, to be exact. In 2011 Michigan State and North Carolina played off the coast of San Diego. President Obama showed up. It was hailed by many as a success and an example of how outside-the-box thinking can boost college hoops’ exposure in the thick of the football calendar. Then, last year, the inevitable, American overreaction. Why have one when we can have three! San Diego State-Syracuse (seen above) was the only one of the three scheduled games that was indeed completed. Georgetown-Florida played a half before the court became too wet to safely compete on. Similarly, Marquette-Ohio State never even began because of — and I love this — the dew point affected the floor’s surface.

Of all the reasons a college basketball game has ever or will ever be canceled, no nixing can be more comical than “dew point levels” halting play. Combine it with this photo and you see why the catastrophe led to a likely hiatus of battleship basketball next season.






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