Local man relieved that he no longer needs to pretend to care about college basketball

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During an interview on Friday, March 23, Geoff Derbyhat, front-of-house manager of fictional local brewpub Sage & Hops, expressed relief that the University of Nevada, Reno men’s basketball team lost their game against Loyola University Chicago and were thus eliminated from the NCAA tournament.

“Every customer who’s come in here the last week or two has wanted to talk about it,” Derbyhat said. “Especially after they won against Cleveland or whatever, coming back from behind by 30 points or whatever.”

The Nevada Wolf Pack defeated the University of Cincinnati Bearcats in the second round of the tournament, coming back from a 22-point deficit to win 75-73 on March 18.

“We’ve had the games on here at the pub, so it’s been pretty unavoidable,” Derbyhat said. “But it’s been the same everywhere I go. It was all the guys wanted to talk about at my Wednesday night poker night. I can’t even tell those twins apart.”

Twin brothers Caleb and Cody Martin were big contributors to the Wolf Pack’s tournament victories.

Derbyhat had to cut the interview short to help a customer.

“Did you watch the game last night?” the customer asked. “Just one point short! But I guess that’s March Madness, amirite? There’s always next year.”

“I can’t wait,” Derbyhat replied.