PITTSBURGH — Take me home, country roads.
Get me out of here.
It was insanity.
It is insanity.
After spending an evening on city roads, all I can say is, West, by God, Virginia.
Pittsburgh may be a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to park there, at least not on the Parkway West, which is exactly what those who made the trek from Morgantown to Pittsburgh did.
Normally, it’s an hour and a half drive.
And, it was an hour and a half drive … from where I-79 just outside Pittsburgh turned into the Parkway West. The rest of the way … bumper to bumper to bumper to bumper to bumper.
Thank God, I’m a country boy.
Oh, thanks to ESPN, we still made the game between West Virginia University and Pittsburgh, our nerves a little frazzled and our gas needle far closer to empty than it needed to be, but the 9 p.m. start allowed everyone a chance to inhale those exhaust fumes and study the good-looking blonde in the car alongside you … for 45 minutes.
Somehow, right now, it doesn’t seem worth it.
Not with way West Virginia let this one slip away.
Nine days after beating their arch-rival Pitt, by 19 points at home, they drove all the way up here to blow a basketball game they had won.
And they took their darn time blowing it.
One overtime. Two overtimes. Three overtimes.
By the time it ended, 98-95, today was tomorrow and West Virginia’s No. 4 ranking was yesterday.
Almost no matter what happens from here on can’t salvage the damage done this week.
Lose to Villanova. Lose to Pitt.
Thank goodness they had only two games scheduled.
This one seemed so easy.
Truck Bryant sank a pair of free throws with 1:11 left in regulation, the Mountaineers led, 66-59.
PITTSBURGH — Take me home, country roads.
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