If you're reading this post, you've probably already been through most, if not all of these stages. I'm probably somewhere between depression and acceptance, and I'm hoping this will help me get there sooner rather than later. Not sure if it's working yet ...
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"No way Fab is out. We already dealt with that sh*t. You're full of it, d-bag UNC fan at work. Eat a d*ck."
Unfortunately this was a pretty quick stage, since SUAthletics.com basically reported the Fab suspension. Hard to argue with that when it's more or less an official statement from the start. Cue stage two.
"F#CK F#CK F#UCK F#UCK. I hate you Fab! You're selfish! I hate you Syracuse for putting me through this! F#CK academic standards! F#CK the world!
Saw a lot of this going around on Twitter. I was responsible for a decent amount myself. It makes sense. You feel like Fab hurt you personally, and in a way he did. All your dreams of going to New Orleans for a glorious weekend are out the window. Damnit.
"If Christmas can play 25 solid minutes, we could beat Ashville and maybe Kansas State. Maybe we can get lucky against Vandy and maybe Ohio State gets knocked out before the elite eight. If we can just win a few games maybe we'll get lucky. Just win a few games please. We need you Christmas!!!"
I went through this one at about 3 p.m. Started thinking of how matchups might be able to fall perfectly to get SU to the final four. It's a lost cause though. We're destined to play all the top teams with our luck this year.
"I should just sell my tickets to Boston. Why even bother making the trip? Why does this happen every time we're good? How does this keep happening to meeeeeeee???? I don't want to f#cking talk to anyone. f#ck everything.
Guessing a lot of you are still in this stage. It's a dark place. Try to make it out soon. This might help (H/T @zamalkany) ...
"We're gonna just battle on with the guys we have and go as far as we can. Every win is a blessing, and let's just enjoy this for as long as it goes. All the pressure is off, and we're the underdogs. Let's embrace it."
I think I'm getting to this stage. Maybe I'm just willing it to be true. All I can say is I still have Syracuse winning the championship in my bracket. Maybe that's just crazy, but I love this team too much to give up on them. I'm going to enjoy every second we have left with them and hope I still get to see something special.
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