Morgantown, W.VA. – It’s hard to believe that several months ago Mountaineer fans across the State of West Virginia, and across the nation, were gearing up for the TBT Tournament and the return of the Best Virginia team.
The team comprised of many’s favorite alumni players was set for a mini tour around West Virginia and to eventually play a round of the summer tournament in Charleston, West Virginia. This summer’s basketball was sure to be a high spot for Mountaineer nation.
Mid-March, COVID-19 changed all of that. The summer games were eventually cancelled and the TBT announced several weeks ago that the tournament would be played in one solitary location sans fans, Columbus, OH, in order to keep the players, staff and fans safe from the rapidly spreading virus.
The Best Virginia team comes from the mastermind of John Flowers, Kevin Jones and Da’Sean Butler. The trip also are the voices behind The Final Fourcast podcast. The podcast comes out nearly weekly and allows the teammates the continued connection to one another when quite literally spread out across the world.
Earlier this spring, Mountaineer Joe Mazulla’s father passed away from cancer. The Mountaineer spirit kicked in and the alums found a way to give back, while giving fans a chance at catching a glimpse of that beloved 2010 basketball team.
Saturday evening, fans are able to purchase a virtual seat in the audience and watch Tony Caridi attempt to moderate what I expect to be more of a virtual family reunion. The event has online tickets for $10 and all the proceeds go to Joe Mazulla’s cancer fundraiser.
At a time when people are spending much of their time at home, getting a chance to watch this virtual family gathering, while at the same time supporting a good cause, is a close second to seeing this group in person this summer.
Tickets can be purchased here.