Oh for crying out loud. Storming the court is an emotional response to an emotional victory, that's all. The seeds of the response are planted all week by the media leading up to the "Big Game." Does anyone really think students will be able to analyze if the victory is storm worthy or how this will look to the rest of the nation as the game winds down? Do you think they are ashamed of storming the court when ESPN or someone comments that it wasn't "worthy?" Who gets to decide what a student's emotions should be?
The answer to almost all of those questions is no. But just because I can't understand someones emotional state doesn't mean that I can't judge their actions.
Lot's of people do things they shouldn't do when they are emotional. Would you like a few hundred examples?
Regarding the "stormin' the court" issue, I would like to add a couple of observations/opinions.
1. In a convoluted way, it is a compliment to one's program to be court-stormed. Althought it means you've just lost a game, it also means the opponent's victory was an upset or a huge win in a very significant game or both. So, Im typically flattered when Bucky gets stormed ... because in most cases, it's the victorious opponent's fan paying a kind of "back-handed compliment and it is definitely an endorsement of the "respect card."
2. Having Followed the Badgers' mens basketball fortunes since the early '60's when Johnny Erickson was the haed coach and guys like Jumpin' Joe Franklin, Ken Barnes and Clarence Sherrod were entertaining the students & alumni at the old Fieldhouse, I never tire of seeing someone storm the court after defeating UW. NOBODY stormed Wisconsin for the 40 years of my fanship. The Badgers were never good enough or deserved enough respect to warrant being stormed.
3. For all of the reasons listed in my 1st 2 points and then some, it still messes with my senses to see a team like Indiana storm their home court as they did earlier this seaon after upsetting Wisconsin. For most of the period of time that I outlined above, Indiana and Big 10 Basketball excellence were synonomous. The Bobby Knight-coached Hoosiers owned Wisconsin and most of the other Big 10 teams. For most most of my 50 or so years of being a Badger basketball fan, one could not have fathomed or even conjured up the mental image of Hoosier basketball fans storming the court at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, IN because of an upset win over Wisconsin. But that was then & this is now ... and being a Badger mens basketball fan, although always fun, is a lot more rewarding these days!
Wisconsin Sports Network Hall of Fame Inductee, 2012