March Madness has struck St. Louis in a peculiar way already: Friday saw our indigenous underdogs, the Saint Louis Billikens, win their first NCAA tournament game since 1998, but it also saw the Missouri Tigers—the biggest game in town, and your correspondent's alma mater besides—lose in a truly depressing shocker. The reaction from this turnabout has been... varied.
Pleasant surprise (from the Chief Executive Bear!):
Congrats 2 SLU Billikens win over Memphis. We are all sad for Mizzou upset by Norfolk. Mich State will be tough 4 Bills on Sunday GO SLU!— Maxine Clark (@ChiefExecBear) March 17, 2012
Sudden sibling angst:
@bhacala34 I hate slu! They think they are so good and they act like they can beat Mizzou— Jack Messmer (@Jack_Messmer) March 17, 2012
Bandwagon high alert:
Love how many #Mizzou fans are now hopping on the #SLU bandwagon now. You'd never see #Illini fans doing the same with #Northwestern— Don O'Brien (@DOB23) March 17, 2012
And, of course, brash, ironic swagger:
It's pretty obvious that the Mizzou loss was a successful attempt at avoiding the Elite 8 match up with SLU.— Matthew Ruder (@billikenhawk) March 17, 2012
Oh, and bandwagon jumping:
Look who I found in Columbus: A #Mizzou fans who jumped on the #SLU bandwagon. Billikens are best in Missouri today. twitter.com/KevinGehlWLNS/…— Kevin Gehl WLNS (@KevinGehlWLNS) March 17, 2012
More, after the jump.
Disbelief about your lack of disbelief:
For anyone who had SLU making it further than Mizzou in the tournament, congratulations, you're a liar.— Christian Bloos (@ChristianBloos) March 17, 2012
Further angst detailing:
@bhacala34 cus Mizzou wants a tougher non conference schedule to help their tournament resumè. SLU is usually bad besides this year— Jack Messmer (@Jack_Messmer) March 17, 2012
And, finally, gratuitous Quin Snyder references:
Tough day for #Mizzou, but at least #SLU took down Quin Snyder's brother. -- twitpic.com/8x95rn— Matt Sebek (@MattSebek) March 17, 2012
Which was probably worst of all, for Mizzou fans.