J.J. chokes again. Now is not the time for who was right; who was wrong; or who choked in the big dance—again. To brag about predicting the demise of Duke in the tournament is akin to bragging about predicting the morning sunrise.
It was too easy. Besides gloating is so Sports Dork.
And don’t worry, Duke fans; we are sure that you will cherish that huge clutch performance over Texas in December. Or maybe you can celebrate that huge win over Boston College in the ACC tournament. Those will be your cherished memories of J.J. Manning. Not the bitter disappointment from his tournament appearances.
Like, nobody remembers that great run that Villanova put on in the 1985 NCAA tournament. Everybody remembers how great of a regular season Patrick Ewing had for Georgetown. Nobody remembers Lorenzo Charles, Danny Manning, or Tyus Edney. They remember superstars like Fennis Dembo.
Plus you have J.J.’s upcoming—soon to be stellar—professional career to enjoy. Maybe Manning can win a professional title in Italy. With so much to look forward to in the future, nobody will remember that J.J. Manning choked in the NCAA Tournament.
It would be hard to pick a favorite moment in Duke’s loss to LSU. You had J.J. crying when he left the game; Coach Krzymdbnmresxski talking about the “physicality” of the game (code for the refs weren’t giving us enough calls); and really any miss by J.J. Manning (his career NCAA tournament stats are above*).
The highlight was Glen “Big Baby” Davis standing on the free throw line by himself and rebounding his own miss while surround by four Duke players who refused to box him out. That showed that LSU had reached in and snatched Duke’s heart like that crazy dude did in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
And seriously, anybody finding those Coach K car commercials satisfying now?
*Scan for J.J.'s career stats come from our boy, Slade.