For the past few years, the Towson Tigers have been so bad at basketball that it’s almost admirable. They were dubbed “the worst college basketball team in America,” with “the worst stretch of futility in Division I history.” They didn’t win a single game in the entire 2011 season. Their longest losing stretch was an admirably awful 41 games long. But when you’re that bad, there’s really nowhere to go but up.
“For the first time in a long time,” an ESPN blogger wrote recently, “the Towson Tigers men’s basketball program has hope.” Okay, so “some hope” is still faint praise — but we’ll take what we can get. And we’ll also take Four McGlynn, the America East Rookie of the Year last season, who’s transferring to Towson from Vermont next year. McGlynn (as well as a couple other promising transfers) was persuaded by Pat Skerry, the team’s new (and driven) coach. Basically, all the signs are pointing to a Towson basketball renaissance: The school is building the team a brand-new arena. Bill Murray’s son is an assistant coach.
And while we’re happy to hear the Tigers begin to roar again, we’re also a little… nostalgic for the era of extreme awfulness. They’re no longer on ESPN’s “Bottom 10” list of embarrassing teams. When next year’s season begins, they’ll probably be pretty decent — but not necessarily decent enough to cause any waves. Which makes us wonder: is it ever better to be extravagantly bad than mediocrely good?
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