When Harvard upset No. 3 seed New Mexico, Lobos fans took it hard -- even those that are supposed to maintain impartiality. New Mexico beat writer and longtime fan Dennis Latta was so disappointed by the loss to Harvard that he quit his job as a Lobos beat writer.
As for most New Mexico fans, losing to a school that doesn't offer athletic scholarships and had never before won an NCAA tournament game was tough for Latta to swallow; in fact, it was too tough. In his farewell letter, Latta repeatedly said "I was wrong" about this year's team and that he had finally had enough.
"I've been around Lobo basketball for 33 seasons. For 32 of those seasons, I knew that UNM had a team that could fold and lose to anyone at any time. I never got my expectations too high because a collapse was possible anytime they walked out on that floor. Good-bye Lobo basketball."
I thought this team was different. I was convinced that this Lobo team was for real. It had experience, a good front line and a good backcourt and good chemistry and was smart.
I was wrong. (...)