The second-worst thing that happened in tonight’s Iowa State-Arizona basketball game in the Maui Invitational was the fact that Bill Walton was the analyst on the ESPNU telecast.
The worst thing was that Arizona rallied to somehow defeat the Cyclones 71-66 after just about everyone, including me, thought Iowa State would win.
Having to put up with the Cyclones blowing a 10-point lead and listening to Walton’s obnoxious commentary throughout the game did me in.
At least the large number of Iowa State fans in the arena on Maui had one advantage over TV viewers on the mainland.
Folks in the arena didn’t have to listen to Walton, who played basketball at UCLA and in the NBA so long ago that I wrote lots of newspaper stories about him.
Walton talked virtually non-stop during the telecast, turning the poor play-by-play guy into an afterthought.
Walton even took the time to talk about perhaps riding RAGBRAI sometime in the future.
“Can you ride a bicycle?” the play-by-play guy asked.
Walton said he could indeed ride a two-wheeler, but added that he’d need to decide “whether I want to leave San Diego and go to Iowa in July.”
Getting back to the basketball game, things went sour in a hurry for Iowa State.
The Cyclones appeared to be fully in control throughout most of the game, but then collapsed in the final minutes.
I thought Iowa State had enough to overcome its injury and suspension problems.
Shows you what I knew.