Let's make a quick list of all the extremely impressive achievements made by the Virginia men's basketball team during the 2017-18 season:

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "1. The season started unclassified in a supposed "year of reconstruction", finishing the season as the highest ranking basketball team. "Data-reactid =" 12 ">1. Started the season without ranking in a supposed "year of reconstruction", finished the season as the highest ranked basketball team.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "2 Won the regular season title of the ACC with a record of 17-1, which was the best mark of the most difficult American conference since 1999, and one of the two campaigns of the year. 39; ACC defeat only this millennium (the Maryland National Title team for the period 2001-2002 was: the other). Their only loss against Virginia Tech came in overtime. "Data-reactid =" 13 ">2 Won the regular season title of the ACC with a record of 17-1, which was the best mark of the most difficult American conference since 1999, and one of the two campaigns of the year. 39; ACC defeat only this millennium (the Maryland National Title team for the period 2001-2002 was: the other). Their only loss to Virginia Tech came in overtime.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "3 Beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. "Data-reactid =" 14 ">3 Beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "4 Became the only ACC team of this millennium to win every game of the conference. "Data-reactid =" 15 ">4 Became the only ACC team of this millennium to win every game of the conference.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "5 Won the ACC tournament, becoming the fourth team of the decade to win both titles of the conference. "Data-reactid =" 16 ">5 Won the ACC tournament, becoming the fourth team of the decade to win both titles of the conference.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "6 Finished with the best statistical defense of the country. "Data-reactid =" 17 ">6 Finished with the best statistical defense of the country.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "This is not a good year, c & c It's a good year In fact, it's probably one of the best in recent memory, but what will you remember, along with all the other fans, of the memory of the 17-18 decade? Virginia Cavaliers, forever and ever? "Data-reactid =" 18 "> It's not a good year, it's a good year.In fact, it's probably one of the best in recent memory. But what will you remember all the fans Virginie Cavaliers, 17 to 18 years, forever and forever?

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "1. They became the first favorite 1 (and first overall # 1) to lose a score of 16 in the NCAA tournament. These are big chokey scarves. "Data-reactid =" 19 ">1. They became the first favorite 1 (and first overall # 1) to lose a score of 16 in the NCAA tournament. They are big chokey scarves.

Even the name of their opponents, UMBC, will feature on the lips of all college hoop enthusiasts from now on and until death.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Now look, I do not want I'm a duke from Duke, I despise Virginia's breezy basketball, and the defeat against UMBC has been objectively hilarious and impressive.I remember having been in shock delighted the last ten minutes of this game.to believe that not only the annoyed that happened once in his life possiblebut it was going to be pretty easy against a team I hate. A few days later, I was at a tennis match between Virginia and UNC when Virginia fans started to sing UVA singing, and I shot down the house with a very obvious vocals, but still efficient, from UMBC. For this moment, I was a comic genius – even my wife was slightly impressed, I think. The disaster of UMBC has been very beneficial to me. "Data-reactid =" 32 "> Listen, I do not want to describe this as a kind of tragedy I'm a duke, I despise Virginia's icy style, basketball and the defeat against UMBC was objectively hilarious and brilliant. I remember being stunned for the last ten minutes of this match, unable to believe that not only was it thwarted once in his life. possiblebut it was going to be pretty easy against a team I hate. A few days later, I was at a tennis match between Virginia and UNC when Virginia fans started to sing UVA singing, and I shot down the house with a very obvious vocals, but still efficient, from UMBC. For this moment, I was a comic genius – even my wife was slightly impressed, I think. The disaster of UMBC has been very good for me.

<p class = "canvas-atom-canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Still, I can not stop myself from feel a pinch of empathy with the fans of Virginia (which is the first and hopefully the last time I will ever write this sentence) .It is an extreme situation, but it It seems a pity that one of the biggest VAC basketball campaigns is … well, at national embarrassment.All because of a defeat.I already talked about the injustice expectations for the championships in the sport and how we should probably appreciate more the big regular seasons, but college basketball is the ultimate home for outsize expectations.The problem is that this Virginia team had to win a title last year. Yes, they shined spectacularly, but a defeat in Final Four would also have disappointed fans, and even a defeat in the title match would have left a bad taste. "Data-reactid =" 33 "> Yet, I can not help but feel a sense of empathy towards the fans of Virginia (who is the first and I hope that I'm sure that I'm going to be the best I can!) will write this sentence one last time.) It's an extreme situation, but it seems unfortunate that one of ACC's largest basketball campaigns still equates to … well, to the national embarrassment All this because of a defeat I have already written about the unfairness of the expectations for the championships in sport and how we should probably appreciate more the regular big seasons, but the university basketball the focus Ultimate for the excessive expectations The fact is that the Virginia team had to win a title last year. Yes, they shined spectacularly, but a defeat in Final Four would also have disappointed fans and even a defeat in the title match would have left a bad taste.

For the very very good NCAA teams (there are more than one per year), the university basketball format creates a state of mind centered on the title or bust. Although he is crazy in any sport, he is particularly egregious in a sport where the post-season tournament takes place up to six individual elimination games. Of course, the first one is a dungeon (unless you are Virginia), but the next five are all opposed to strong teams, and all you need is one bad performance to see everything go up in smoke. Waiting for a title under these conditions and being disappointed with nothing less, it is outrageous. And yet, this happens every year.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Which brings me back to my precious Duke Blue Devils. We have just hunted the Bejesus of Virginia in their place, we have a living god Zion Williamson, a magical leader of the family closest to America who does not call himself "Curry", and another guy who could be the first choice in the NBA draft. Our defense – the best indicator of the title's potential – has been locked for most of the year, and nothing seems to frighten us, including hostile matches on the road to the ACC. "Data-reactid =" 35 "> That brings me back to my precious Duke Blue Devils, we just hunt the Bejesus from Virginia for them, we have a living god in Zion Williamson, a magical leader of the most damning family from America who does not call itself "Curry" and another guy who could be the first choice In our draft NBA, our defense – the best indicator of the title's potential – was in lockdown mode for most of the year and nothing seems to scare us, including the hostile road games against the ACC.

The story continues

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "You see where I'm going here: Start with the final ringtone at Virginia on Saturday, the Duke nation has fully entered the dreaded Title Wait Mode. With these readers, nothing else will suffice, and premature defeat will scorn many detractors of the program. "Data-reactid =" 40 "> You can see where I am coming from: starting with the final ring in Virginia on Saturday, the Duke Nation has fully entered the fearsome Title Wait Mode. With these players, nothing else will suffice, and premature defeat will spur the many detractors of the program to disdain scorn.

The problem is that, apart from some abnormal games, we can not shoot. In March, the teams will launch zone defenses for lack of a better plan. One game is enough for everything to collapse. Despite our superior athleticism and transcendent skill, our broken heart is on the table.

And here's the biggest problem: we've created a situation where winning will bring more relief than joy, and nothing less will be devastating.

There is absolutely nothing that can change that, and I know I'm screaming in the void, but college basketball is a cruel mistress and I want to say it officially before I too succumb to the madness of the title or bust and find myself crying in the metaphorical gutter of broken dreams. When that moment comes, I will whisper "U-M-B-C" to cheer me up, but there will be no one to laugh.

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The angle of the top of the key is my favorite because it shows how strange it was:

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As an Olympic fanatic, it was exciting to see Lindsay Vonn's career, from the gold medal downhill in Vancouver to the rifts, injuries and accidents and disappointments, to the strong comeback that earned him the bronze downhill in Pyeongchang. This year, as her injuries increased, she decided to end her career. Her last race took place at the World Championships this weekend in Sweden, where she did this:

Vonn finished with the bronze medal, a spectacular and unexpected way out. Earlier in her career, she had suggested not retiring until she reached Ingmar Stenmark's record for World Cup victories (Vonn leads all women with 82, Stenmark is the leader male with 86). She was not able to do it, but Stenmark was present with flowers to congratulate her:

Great athlete, great Olympian, great American, good bye.

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Harvard is the most hated entity in America and, although Columbia is perhaps the least reprehensible school of the Ivy League, it remains a school of the Ivy League, which means that it is the only school in the Ivy League. it is packed with elites who would make you live in a coal mine and eat toxic waste. they had their druthers. That said, they really finished their basketball game! Check with two drummers, three overtime and a win for the (really) bad guys: