I always struggle assessing effort. When a dude is playing slower than normal, is that effort or do they simply not have that extra gear that night. I tend to think it's the latter.The unfortunate thing is you work years to get a senior heavy team like this. So far it looks like a total failure and maybe the most overrated VCU team since I have been following in the late 70s.
The drive home always makes games like the worse for me because of our homer radio guys and coach speak. Rodney Ashby a former player actually said he did not think effort was the issue. That is insane. Then the other announcer I refuse to name because he always gets on my last nerve said, It's not like we lost to Towson. Huh?! I needed to turn on some music at that point.
As for losing to Towson, you sort of did. They are just ahead of Mason in the NET rankings. I think I would have turned to music at that point too.
Did you at least have a bourbon or some other elixir when you got home?
BTW, as much as I joked before, losses when you are good are much more painful than when you suck.I have some vague memories of what it's like to be good.