By: Alex Marcheschi
I never thought I’d be saying this, but I respect JP Macura. I don’t like him, but I respect him. As someone who has always had an affinity for athletes who love a good troll job (Rasheed Wallace, Manziel, Marshall Henderson, Randy Moss, etc.), I can’t sit here and act like I don’t enjoy watching Macura work his magic. This man has trolling down to an art form. He’s up there with the legendary trolls of college basketball history now. It’s only a matter of time before the country catches on and vaults him up to Grayson Allen’s level, and the key is he’s actually very good. You have to be good in order to pull this off.
He has the the trifecta of college basketball hatred on his side: he’s white, he’s good and he’s on a good team, so he’ll be on TV a lot. J.J. Redick dabbled in the troll game, Eric Devendorf too, but Marshall Henderson was Picasso of Pettiness. I hate to admit it, but Macura is starting to step into the Henderson realm. The similarities are staggering, and this comparison was solidified last night when Macura reached deep into his bag of tricks and pulled out a Henderson classic: the Gator chomp.
Twitter is an an uproar this morning as pro golfer @stevestrickpga and others are calling XU classless for JP's shenanigans. He crammed home that oop and gator chomped in Wisconsin's face at the end of the game (Wisco lost on a buzzer beater to Florida in the tourney last year). Is the angry Twitter crowd correct in calling XU classless, or was it all fair game in the spirit of heated competition? Is it fair to assume Macura was gator chomping simply to show off his newfound bi's and tri's? So many important questions to be answered. Reaction blog in bio. #Xavier #Wisconsin
Uncanny. Shocking. Staggering. Beautiful.
Marshall chomped right in the faces of the Florida faithful, and Macura did it in the Badgers’ grill to remind them of this heart-wrenching buzzer beater:
While upon first glance you may think Henderson’s was more savage because he did it in front of actual Florida fans, but I beg to differ. Macura’s chomp was calculated, and probably pre-planned. You don’t just do that in the spur of the moment. He went into that game knowing that if they were up late, he was going to chomp in their faces to remind them of the Florida loss. That’s legendary shit. Once you start planning out your troll jobs, that’s when you know you’ve arrived.
Those who read the blog and know me know that I have always been an XU hater. I am trying to subdue that this year in order to cause less spicy-ness online, and it’s a true test of my will. Obviously the gloves will come off for the Shootout, but for now I respect Macura like you respect a regular looking guy with a hot girlfriend. You might hate him, but you respect him and you wish you could be him.
P.S. – Love Macura ditching the full body sleeve, scuba diver look now that he yoked up. Veteran move. Muscle Milk city.