Some tiny creature, mad with wrath,

Is coming nearer on the path.

--Edward Gorey

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Outlying Islands

Writer, lawyer, cyclist, rock climber, wanderer of dark residential streets, friend.

Friday, March 25, 2005

The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Is On Fire . . .

I'm hoping that my numerous friends on the WVU faculty managed not to get too involved in the festivities last night, the traditional burning of everything within reach upon WVU's unlikely victory in the NCAA tournament, advancing them to the Elite 8 for the first time since 1959.

There are too many excerpts of this article to choose from, but I like this especially:

"There's a lot of places that have fires and things of that nature. There's very few places that have it on the scale we do with the consistency we do."

Setting street fires to celebrate sports victories has been a tradition at WVU for at least 30 years, Trevillian said.

"Last night is the worst it's been in a good while. It's not the worst we've ever had," Trevillian said. "I wish they would quit it. I don't think it's going to happen."

Some students said they don't see anything wrong with setting celebratory fires.

"We know how to have fun, and we do it in a responsible way," a student who said his name was Jeff Goodboy told WBOY-TV.

Jeff Goodboy. How precious.


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