There is little a broadcaster encounters that is more difficult than seeing a season come to an end no matter how fruitful or fulfilling it was.
I think it is even more difficult in basketball than it is in football because given the nature of post season there is a spot in March when you realize while there could be one more game - for instance when the Grizzlies advanced to the second round in Salt Lake City after upsetting Nevada you come to understand the season's completion is close at hand.
I have to admit in the last several minutes of the second quarter Saturday when Coastal Carolina dropped a quartet of scores on the Grizzlies, it gave me pause that the Big South champ might just be better than Montana on that given frozen day.
But half way through the 20-minute break I was back to my senses and remembered the number of times Montana has come back from behind to victory and out came those fabled words you often hear me utter in such circumstances "hey it's no hill for a climber, right."
And no hill it almost was as this never-say-die group cinched down the defense except for a single TD scamper and to the delight of a remarkable crowd that stuck to the very end came charging back to turn a rout into a one-possession game.
And had it not been for the mysterious checkmate call to examine whether a reception was indeed a catch I am a firm believer that the outcome would have favored Montana with the momentum charging to the east sidelines at Washington Grizzly Stadium.
Now I know you can't turn a game on a single call or non-call for that matter but there are a number of problems with the ensuing explanation.
Let's start by whose responsibility it is or was for that matter to tell the media, of which by the way I am one, that there was booth review, who was in charge of it, how it was to be utilized and how one official got a beeper buzz when the others didn't and why didn't the white hat take charge and say if we didn't all get word than the majority rules and the play stands.
Now I suppose I am going to be told there was some meeting where all of this was discussed but the information was not disseminated to me and I'd like an explanation.
No game should be influenced by such a situation and the length of time it took to make a decision is what is wrong with replay - It changes the pace of the game let alone in this a profound outcome.
And besides the catch was anything but a close call. Sure I am the home guy and it sounds like sour grapes but changing how a game is officiated when it comes to playoff time is pure poppycock.
Of course there were plenty of other opportunities and you certainly can argue that had the Grizzlies made the most of other chances, they would not have been in that situation.
Agreed but as often happens there was no prior flow of information and I'm betting there will be no one who takes the responsibility for the lack thereof. Or maybe they just figured home radio didn't need to know such things.
And on another matter since I am on my soap box, all those people who think they know who television rights are allocated for the playoffs and take it upon themselves to write Letter to the Editor or diatribes on social media, you might get your information correct.
The University of Montana, or of all things the Grizzly Scholarship Association, had nothing to do with how the game is distributed and to whom. The NCAA sold the rights for a hefty sum to ESPN which by the way at least decided to make it part of its Game Day schedule which at least made it somewhat available albeit for a fee.
Incidentally that information was out there since the playoffs began. And I suppose somebody is going to tell me so was the play review process.
It just is unfortunate in this day of instant information, people have forgotten how to communicate.