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March 24, 2010

HERTZEL COLUMN - WVU videos just fun

MORGANTOWN —  

The Chicago Bears gave us the Super Bowl Shuffle, which probably should have been where the line was drawn in the sand between athletes and entertainers.

But you knew it wouldn’t end there, not when all you need is a video camera, three very bored young athletes and a city like Buffalo, N.Y., where the most exciting thing to do is watch wings marinate.

So it was last weekend, as the West Virginia University Mountaineers spent more than 72 hours in Buffalo, less than five of which was spent on the basketball court advancing past Morgan State and Missouri and into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, that Da’Sean Butler, Joe Mazzulla and Jonnie West decided to do something creative.

With teammate John Flowers making like Quentin Tarantino with a video camera in his hands, Butler, Mazzulla and West stepped front and center and created a music video that currently is sweeping the Internet, despite being, artistically speaking, a piece of work that would be best swept under the rug.

If pop music gave us Boyz 2 Men, this video is closer to Boyz 2 Children.

All we can say after having watched the tape is the popular group Boys Like Girls has nothing to worry about as Butler, Mazzulla and West’s lip synching and choreography is far more a threat to the existence of the human race than it is to any artist’s spot in the Top 20.

“We were stuck in the hotel room for four or five days,” Butler explained before the final Morgantown practice as the team prepared to head to Syracuse for a Thursday date with the Washington Huskies. “We were just playing around.”

Musically and artistically this added very little to our culture. If they play basketball the way they entertain, Washington is 25-point favorite.

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