Walter Stubbs and Mike Vaccaro decided their
living rooms were the best place to watch the men's
Atlantic 10 title game, even though Atlantic City
He watched the Bonnies survive heart-stopping last-second
wins over Saint Joe's and UMass March 9-10 at Boardwalk
Hall, but didn't want to "jinx them by being there" for
Sunday's title game vs. Xavier.
people on the planet.
logic. He didn't want to go to the game either. As one of the
nation's leading sports writers, the New York Post columnist
had a reputation to uphold.
press corps for almost 25 years, Vaccaro has only one shred of
fanhood left -- the Bonnies. It was best no one witness such
Florida State. "So I told him, `Mike, you come to my house for
breakfast, and I'll go.' He came, and off we went."
Olean Times Herald sports editor Chuck Pollock. Vaccaro knew
the professional switch in his brain would allow him to cover
the game and keep his emotions in check.
But when Xavier coach Chris Mack decided to let the
to choke back his tears, a fight he ultimately would lose. Not
burdened by such professional decorum, hundreds of the thou-
sands of Bonaventure fans in the stands cried openly, Stubbs
being down so far ... everything just hit me. I cried. My wife
seats from New Jersey
to Florida as Bonnies
fever hits a new high
Just hours after the Bonnies lost to Florida State, she cried in
Bailey's Pub & Grille when her alma mater, Lehigh, pulled the
stunner of the tournament by defeating Duke.)
Kloof and Chris Johnson dribbled out the clock.
become so emotional that they couldn't cheer," he said.
enough to watch the game in Atlantic City with his two
children, Brian and Lauren, and his sister, Mary, '81. He
year Andrew Nicholson, celebrated on the court.
game when their bus broke down --"We took over Applebee's
and cheered like crazy," said senior Kate Burt -- to an Applebee's
in Lewisburg, Pa., where Jed Hanna, `86, stopped to see the end.
attend St. Bonaventure -- considered driving to Atlantic City,
but was confident they'd win so he decided to save his money
for the trip to the first round, wherever that might be.
was NASCAR," Hanna said from a Nashville bar. "I yelled, `Put
on CBS!' and the waitress is like, `What channel is CBS?' And I
said, `I don't know, just find it!' They did, we watched the last
minute, I bought an O'Doul's and two Shirley Temples for the
girls, and started cheering.
nonsense that went on in 2003, but it was just so gratifying.
I'm just so proud of Sister Margaret and Coach Schmidt and
Jim Crowley. The whole thing is just amazing."