University of Connecticut men’s basketball player Stanley Robinson looks like a grandfather. And yet his birthdate is listed as July 14, 1988.
For those of you adept at adding and subtracting in your head, that makes Robinson 20 years old, going on 21.
Perhaps my eyes deceive me, but if Robinson were a Dominican baseball player, it’s all but certain that we would have to check and recheck his birth certificate to confirm the man’s age.
Robinson has the physique and athleticism of a 20-year-old, but the mug of an aging Tim Meadows. You remember Tim Meadows, right? Former Saturday Night Live cast member who was mauled by both a tiger and a bear after filming Mean Girls in 2004…ring a bell?
Every sport has a BGE (Best Game Ever). The first BGE I ever witnessed was the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, Boise State versus Oklahoma. Anyone who watched that game knows that it was the best college football game they have ever seen. Last night, the Big East Tournament produced the best college basketball game ever. A battle between Syracuse and Connecticut that didn’t produce a winner, so much as it did a survivor.
The game tipped off around 9:00 PM on the East Coast, a late start time to begin with. Both teams were ranked — Connecticut at #4, Syracuse at #20 — and playing on a neutral floor in Madison Square Garden. From the get-go, the game was close. Many experts had wondered whether a younger Syracuse team would be able to hang with the more talented UConn team; in their only meeting during the regular season, Connecticut had won 63-49.