One year after he served as a ball boy for the game between Michigan State and North Carolina aboard the USS Carl Vinson last November, Kyle Kriebel still chuckles at the memory of his futile attempts to keep the floor dry.
Each time a player dove after a loose ball and left a trail of sweat on the court, Kriebel would race out, towel or mop in hand, and attempt to wipe up the wet spot. The moisture in the air at dusk on the San Diego harbor made the task so pointless that President Obama even joked with Kriebel from his courtside seat that he had missed a few spots.
"We were out there wiping and wiping, but it was pointless," Kriebel said. "Eventually we just did it to look busy. No matter what we did, we couldn't get the moisture off the court."
Stories like that one from Kriebel illustrate why college basketball either needs to abolish the trend of holding aircraft carrier games Veteran's Day weekend or address the issues with the games that have emerged. Both Michigan State and North Carolina opted to finish the inaugural game last November despite treacherous court conditions, but the combination of wind, rain and condensation wreaked havoc on this year's three follow-up efforts.