For those of you on Facebook, you probably have noticed by now that the social media site added some new “reaction buttons” this week.
When someone posts a status, they can now do more than just “like” a status.
Five more emoji buttons — Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, and Angry — have been added.
If you’re having trouble trying to figure out when to use which button, here’s a little guide, using the first round of the LHSAA boys basketball playoffs to help you.
Local teams gave us plenty of examples in the opening round as they eased a step closer to Lake Charles for the Top 28 Tournament in two weeks.
The Like button:You can use this button when boasting about the 17 local teams still alive in the playoffs.
There were 29 teams from the New Orleans area that made it to the postseason.
After the first round, 17 of those teams are still alive. (Four of the games were local teams playing each other, so at least four were guaranteed to make it anyway.)
The Love button: How can you not use this button for Sophie B. Wright? The Warriors have never been to the playoffs in the school’s brief history. They didn’t have a home gym to play in this season, so they played most of their games on the road. They rented facilities from the New Orleans Recreation Department for the few home games they did have. So going on the road Friday night as a No. 19 seed was no problem for the Warriors, who got their first playoff win by beating No. 14 St. Thomas Aquinas. Sophie. B. Wright was one of two local teams that won as No. 19 seeds. Bonnabel did the same, making the trip to East St. John and earning a third match with district foe Landry-Walker in the Class 5A playoffs. Chalmette, a No. 17 seed, was the other road team to win.
The HaHa button: Remember when folks would see Ben Franklin, thinking they were guaranteed a win against a team whose roster is filled with bookworms. Well you can’t do that this season. The Falcons opened the playoffs with a thrilling 45-44 victory over Salmen in the opening round. Salmen, you may recall, made it to the 4A title game last season. It was a huge win for Ben Franklin, now 23-4.
The WOW button — St. Paul’s winning streak reached an incredible 31 Friday night after a victory over Acadiana in 5A. The Wolves haven’t lost a game since the season-opener when three of its starters were missing. The No. 4 seed Wolves get East Ascension next. Almost half of the 16 teams left in Class 5A are from the New Orleans area. St. Paul’s is one of six local teams left in the LHSAA’s large school classification, joining Chalmette, St. Augustine, West Jefferson, Bonnabel and Landry-Walker.
And if you don’t want to use the WOW button for St. Paul’s, you can use it for District 12-2A. All four teams in the district that made the playoffs (Riverside, Country Day, Newman and Sophie B. Wright) won their playoff openers, giving them one-fourth of the remaining field in Class 2A.
The Sad button — In what is becoming all too common this school year, there was another sportsmanship issue in the playoffs. This one happened at De La Salle, when a Cavaliers player was punched during the postgame handshake. Fortunately, the game had ended. So it shouldn’t affect the playoffs going forward, but it’s always sad, even more in high school sports, when an off-the-court incident grabs the headlines.
The Angry button — Don’t use this one just yet. Save it for about two weeks when the seven champions are crowned at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. It will be the end of the LHSAA basketball playoffs as we know it, with the tournament expanding to 12 classifications next season.
I’m getting mad just thinking about it.