Storming the Court: Spontaneous Euphoria Becoming Cliche
The storming of the court is one of those rare opportunities a college student has to put is or her Puma's on the playing surface without getting kicked out of the arena. There is no denying that every student who regularly attends home basketball games wants nothing more than to experience this momentary period of euphoria at least once in their college career.
But what used to be a sacred, few and far between event, has turned cliche and ordinary.
A couple weeks ago, Michigan beat No. 15 UConn at the Crisler Arena. Despite this being an unusually down UConn team and despite the Wolverines having been ranked in the top 25 before the season started Michigan's fans stormed the court after the win. This was egregious.
Not satisfied with letting Michigan's students steal their thunder, Indiana's fans stormed the court after -- get this -- a home win over Minnesota. Minnesota! Who is not ranked! Who is not a particularly impressive opponent, presently or historically! Minnesota! MINNESOTA!
There are all too many examples of unwarranted court storming in the first couple months of the college basketball season already - some college hoop fans thought it was strange when Badger fans filled the Kohl Center floor following their victory over 6th ranked Duke. Given the fact the Badgers were unranked, and Duke is...well...Duke, I can completely understand why it happened.
What we need is a set of rules to spread like wildfire among the social media and underground channels of campus culture. To storm or not to storm...
WHEN TO STORM:
-If your unranked team beats a top-10 opponent.
-If your lower-division school beats a D1 opponent.
-You beat your most hated rival in overtime, or on a last-second miracle shot.
-Your team breaks a long losing streak against a particularly difficult opponent.
-Your team wins the league tournament in a one-bid conference.
-You become the first 16 seed to beat a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
-If your school wins the NCAA tournament (Technically, this is a campus storming). This very special win also confers limited looting & pillaging rights.
WHEN NOT TO STORM:
-Winning the NIT.
-If your school is ranked, with possible exceptions for beating #1. But UConn beating Texas hardly warrants storming.
-Never, ever storm the floor before the final buzzer sounds (yes, this has happened).
-If you storm an opponent's floor, odds are you will get hurt.