Tonight the madness ends. The hysteria comes to a close. Another
season of college basketball screeches to a halt.
There will be no more bracket busting or Cinderella stories.
Sure the boys of summer are ready to inhabit ballparks around the
country and the Nuggs are fightin’ for a playoff spot, but it’s not
quite the same.
Watching a sneaker-laced prima donna sulk over a contract that
could buy half of Antarctica or a juiced-up muscle head rearrange
his jock strap is fun, but it’s no match for what the tourney
provides. Only in the tourney do you get the chance to see a
business finance major with a 3.5 GPA dive for a loose ball or the
dudes rocking the trumpets soak up any second of television time
Moments after the ramblin’ wreck and the boys from Storrs
(Connecticut) end their season – for some, their basketball careers
– CBS will give us all a little taste of heaven.
Pizza-filled fans across the nation will sit on their couches in
silence while offered a chance to relive March’s magical moments to
an ear-stimulating version of “One Shining Moment.”
It’s during these five or so minutes that tears, goose bumps and
cheek-hurting smiles are not just allowed, but expected.
The student-athletes, cheerleaders, coaches and band members who
are included in the piece are a part of the few lucky individuals
to have their lives put to music.
Don’t try to tell me you haven’t desired a “life
How rad would it be if you could strut out of Clark in slow-mo
with the wind rustling through your hair with “Don’t Fear the
Reaper” or something cool like that guiding your steps? Everyone
turns in awe and watches as your swagger keeps in time with the
These kids are lucky, they get that opportunity. Millions of
people are standing in awe of what they just accomplished.
Last year it was ‘Melo’s toothy smile that was plastered
throughout the clip. This year, Emeka or B.J. Elder? Tonight we’ll
What makes this game so special is that the athletes play with
their hearts and the chance to live even one day with a