Traffic: still one of the worst things ever.
After defeating Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday and winning the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, the Saint Louis Billikens left the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and headed to catch a flight.
The team was heading to the Teterboro airport in New Jersey, where they planned on watching the 6 p.m. NCAA tournament selection show at the terminal, but they ended up worming through ponderous New Jersey traffic.
Faced with missing their selection, the Billikens decided to get creative.
Traffic has prevented us from getting to airport to see selection show, so yes, we are watching at a Best Buy in Jersey.— SLU Men's Basketball (@SaintLouisMBB) March 17, 2013
“Someone saw a Best Buy and we pulled in,” said Saint Louis sports information director Brian Kunderman.
Fully dressed in their A-10 championship gear, the team walked into the store and headed to the big-screen TV section.
Selection Show watch party at Best Buy in New Jersey! twitter.com/SaintLouisMBB/…— SLU Men's Basketball (@SaintLouisMBB) March 17, 2013
Curious employees and shoppers eventually figured out who the players were and joined the team to watch the live selection announcements. A cheer went up when the Billikens were announced as a No. 4 seed in the Midwest bracket.
“It was awesome,” said Kunderman. “And thank God we stopped because we were announced pretty quickly.”
And it seemed the people at Best Buy loved having their tourney-bound guests stop in.
"I brought them in the Magnolia Room and the next thing I know there are 30 guys there," said Secaucus GM Jen Hart in a press statement. "A couple minutes later, they all started screaming. They thanked us 100 times, helped move the chairs back and got on the bus... They were really nice guys."
Back on the road to Teterboro. Thx to the fine folks at the Secaucus Best Buy for your hospitality. twitter.com/SaintLouisMBB/…— SLU Men's Basketball (@SaintLouisMBB) March 17, 2013
March Madness has yet to begin, but it would appear the March Strangeness is well underway.
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