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Beeline: Storm warning in affect until the season is over

Did anyone else think No. 14 Wisconsin storming the court Saturday-after they beat No. 1, and at the time undefeated Ohio State-was a little over the top? I sure did. Maybe I’m a little biased on the issue. I’m sure all of you who are avid Beeline readers have caught on to the fact that I am an Ohio State Buckeyes fan. But I’m pretty sure if I wasn’t I would still feel the Feb. 12 court storm was over the top.

I mean come on, Wisconsin. You were No. 14, not No. 114. Wisconsin has a legit basketball program. Not to mention, prior to Saturday’s game the Badgers had won 34 of their last 35 home games inside the Kohl Center. Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan doesn’t lose home games. So chill out Wisconsin. I know you were probably still drunk from celebrating your Packers winning the Super Bowl, but just because you beat a team with a No. 1 before its name doesn’t give you the right to storm the court.

I felt the same way earlier this season when Florida State fans stormed the court at the Leon County Civic Center after beating No. 1 Duke. This really got me upset because it seems like FSU beats Duke all the time. Have some dignity college basketball fans.

Storming the court should be saved for legendary moments, not for above average wins. Kids these days are ruining storming the court. I understand if the college basketball equivalent to the Appalachian State upset over Michigan happened. But these kids are storming just to storm.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love a good storm. When it is deserved, it can be one of the best things in sports. Being down on the court where you’ve watched your team triumph and fall countless times. Celebrating with your favorite athletes who shed blood, sweat and tears for their school colors — it all can be very exciting.

It isn’t deserved nearly as much as we college students think it is. This is why I have come up a list of rules to abide by when you’re watching those final seconds tick down and you start hearing other students talk about whether or not they could outrun the security guards.

The first thing you should think about before you leap out of the bleachers is whether your team is ranked in the top 25 or not. If you are, then act like it. You have no business getting out of your seat and storming the court like a 15-year-old girl who just saw Justin Bieber. I don’t care if you are ranked No. 25 and you just beat No. 1. Get worse, then we’ll talk.

The second thing is this. How often do you beat the team you just beat? If you play them multiple times a year and usually win once every couple games, take a chill pill. You’ve proven you can do it, so what are you so excited about?

The third and last thing you should think about is when you last stormed the court. If it was last week after beating a top-5 school, and now you want to storm again when you beat a top-10 team, slow down before you sprain your ankle running down the stairs. If you storm the court too often, people won’t take your storms seriously. You don’t want that. You want your storms to mean something. You want to go Katrina on these schools.

Now, there are some exceptions to these rules. First off, if you are a mid-major or anything below a Division I program and you beat a top-25 school, go nuts. Also, if you are in a conference tournament or the NCAA tournament, anything goes. All the above rules get thrown out. I don’t care if a 3-seed beats a 1-seed. In the tournament, if it is somewhat unexpected, charge that court if you feel it’s necessary. They call it March Madness for a reason.

But if you’re in the NIT, don’t even think about it, even if you win. Why would you celebrate about being the 66th best team in the country?

My point throughout this rant this month is to use your head when it comes to storming the court. We have got to keep storming special. I want it to still mean something. It should be something that a fan get, to do once or twice in a college career.

Last words of advice: when you do decide to storm, use the buddy system and take a picture. It can get a little nutty.

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