View Full Version : LVRJ Columnist's Perspective on the WCC Tourney

Angelo Roncalli
03-02-2010, 07:29 AM
It's only going to be a matter of time, I reckon, before every conference in the land holds its postseason college basketball tournament in Las Vegas. When that happens, local hoop-a-holics, cocktail waitresses and parking valets will owe Gonzaga And Those Other Teams a huge fist bump and a giant bro hug.

Gonzaga And Those Other Teams -- also known as the West Coast Conference -- last year were the first outsiders to move their men's and women's shindigs to the neutral environs of the Orleans Arena. Gonzaga still won. No surprise there. The place was packed. No surprise there, either.

But the Moral Minority at NCAA headquarters might be surprised to learn that nobody was condemned to eternal damnation. No landmarks on the mostly Catholic Church-affiliated campuses of the eight schools spontaneously combusted. Nobody was sent on a pilgrimage to Lourdes for not splitting aces and eights because the WCC had the audacity to hold a basketball tournament in a state-of-the-art, midsize arena that just happens to be connected to a hotel-casino by a long ... long ... long ... corridor.

Nobody even called for a second collection at Sunday mass, which is what the parish I grew up in did every time the congregation was feeling guilty about something.


03-02-2010, 07:45 AM
Heh. Fun article. Of course, Catholics more than anyone else love Vegas. A number of my priest and/or seminarian friends would regularly vacation there.