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B-Ball Reading

Those looking for reading material prior to the men’s basketball game tomorrow could start with these two articles from the Berkshire Eagle.

Williams College men’s basketball player Michael Crotty calls his team’s rivalry with Amherst “a great rivalry, maybe the best certainly in our level, and I’ll defend it to the day I die, at any level.”

You have to like Crotty’s attitude.

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#1 Comment By Ben Roth ’04 On March 18, 2004 @ 11:43 am

Here’s a letter “from” the tri-captains sent to all students by Harry Sheehy. There are times when crowds become inappropriate. Chanting “Amherst Sucks” doesn’t even come close to being so. My older brother went to Cornell, and they once made an opposing goalie so mad during a hockey game that he came over to boards and shouted back when the puck was at the other end. Then Cornell got a breakaway. That’s fantastic, not unsportsmanlike.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fans for your unwavering support throughout the season. Collectively, you have made Chandler Gymnasium a difficult place to play and have been a large factor in our current home-winning streak.

However, the NCAA has expressed a growing concern over the behavior of some of our fans. As we get ready to head down to the Final Four in Salem, Virginia, the NCAA has made it clear that it will not tolerate inappropriate behavior. Students wearing “Amherst Sucks” t-shirts, “What do Amherst and sh*t have in common” t-shirts, or any similar t-shirts will not be allowed to enter the Salem Civic Center. Further, any students participating in “Amherst sucks” chants or any similar chant will be asked to leave the arena.

Williams College, as an institution, is about excellence. Our behavior, on the court and off, should reflect this. In no way do we want to
diminish your school spirit and support. But we do want to represent the lasting qualities of class and excellence that have become a hallmark of Williams. Let’s be creative and clean in our support.

We hope as many of you as possible will be able to make it down to Salem. Your support has been a large part of our success. Hopefully, you can help make the Salem Civic Center our home away from home. Let’s just make sure we do it the right way.

Sincerely,

Tri-Captains Chuck Abba ’04, Ben Coffin ’04, and Mike Crotty ’04