- Posted: 12:14 AM, March 5, 2011
What were you thinking? Did you not take your medication? Do you need new glasses?
My PSAL Class AA boys basketball second-round picks took it on the chin, as my upset specials – No. 9 Robeson, No. 11 McKee/Staten Island Tech, No. 14 Curtis and No. 20 Transit Tech – all lost by at least nine points, routed by No. 8 Forest Hills, No. 6 Wadleigh, No. 3 Wings Academy and No. 4 Cardozo, respectively.
I heard a great deal from a select coaches and their assistants, one player – one of my favorites to cover, a kid I often talk up to college coaches – declined an interview. Another took it as an insult. One said he felt disrespected. Wadleigh coach Mike Crump called security on me when I walked into his gym. I started laughing until I saw school safety officers walking in my direction, a scary sight for any reporter.
One elderly gentleman was staring at me for a good minute during Wadleigh’s 86-70 victory over MSIT when I asked him if he was OK.
“You’re the guy from The Post,” he said. “You pick everything wrong.”
“Yes,” I said, forcing a contrived smile as Wings Academy coach Billy Turnage and his star forward, Amdy Fall, cracked up. “That I am.”
an rong xu
This week was up there with the scariest moment of my life, the day I picked John F. Kennedy to beat DeWitt Clinton in football, way back when yours truly was writing for FiveBoroSports.com. After the victory, the entire coaching staff and several players came running at me, yelling a bunch of things not suitable for a family blog such as this. One of the members of the mob was Kennedy girls basketball coach O’Neil Glenn, then an assistant. It was quite frightening.
My response then and my response now: You thought I knew what I was talking about? I was a pitcher growing up, not a shooting guard. I did get four games right; I’m batting .500. Oh, right, baseball season is still a few weeks away.
The quarterfinals will be all chalk, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it sets up a possibly memorable Sunday of wall-to-wall playoff basketball.
I didn’t really expect all the upsets to come to fruition. I felt MSIT would upend Wadleigh, a gross miscalculation. I underrated the Tigers’ speed and athleticism and overrated Staten Island, which was clear when Curtis was blown away by Wings. I figured Turnage’s club would prevail, but thought it would be close. The same goes for the Cardozo-Transit Tech matchup. As for Forest Hills-Robeson, well, how was I supposed to know Jose Torres would turn into Kevin Love?
But I digress. I was wrong, wronger than wrong can be. I made it seem like the last three months of my life weren’t spent in high school gymnasiums or on the phone with the city’s many boys basketball coaches, like I have a life or something, and these were uneducated guesses. I got carried away obviously.
Let’s just not forget my Madison Square Garden prediction – No. 1 Lincoln over No. 2 Boys & Girls – is still alive, not to mention three of my final four selections.
Apologies will be accepted from everyone anytime. See you Sunday.