Monday, April 6, 2009

One Shining Moment.

1) UNC WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!! UNC WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!! UNC WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND I HAVE CONSUMED A LOT OF BLUE MOON!! Whose bottles, by the way, are covered in TARHEEL BLUE!

2) We played against Michigan State in Detroit, who was a number 2 seed who had previously beat two 1 seeds in a row to make it to the national championship game, and about whom there was much fanfare about being a 'team of destiny' and how wonderful it was to give the city of Detroit, much beleagured by our current economy, something to be excited about. This obviously made me feel somewhat bad to root against, being that I love a good uplifting underdog story such as that, but much more than that I increasingly felt as the game progressed that the whole media uproar about it put unfair pressure on the Michigan State team, that it was their duty to uplift a whole region of the country. It made me feel bad for them. But,

3) Really Carolina has been the team of destiny, ever since Tyler Hansbrough was a freshman, since we lost to Georgetown two years ago, since we had that absolutely devastating loss to Kansas last year in the Final Four, which almost made me stomp out of the room and turn off the TV, ever since Hansbrough and Green and Lawson and Ellington and everyone came back for this year when they could have made millions going to the NBA, JUST for this moment, & they achieved it, and deserved it. We almost started bawling with one minute left when all the scrubs came in and got to play in a championship game and Hansbrough attacked all the people on the bench with his mouth-wide-open happiness.

4) My absolute favorite thing about March Madness is One Shining Moment, the musical collage played at the end of every national championship game. Apparently the person whose idea it was to include this as part of the tradition died this year, which also made me cry a lot. But it's performed by Luther Vandross and is pretty much the cheesiest song you have ever heard but that is what makes it so great. They play it to a clipshow of a bunch of the tournament's overall good plays/moments and from the first cheesy brass notes in the beginning it makes me cry and it is just REALLY GREAT. So you can hear it yourself, this is 2005's, the last time UNC won the championship. Man it is so cheesy! And so good!



The ball is tipped
and there you are
you're running for your life
you're a shooting star..

And when it's done
win or lose
you always did your best
'cause inside you knew...
In one shining moment, you reached down inside
In one shining moment, you knew you were alive

Feel the beat of your heart
feel the wind in your face
it's more than a contest
it's more than a race...

In one shining moment, you reached for the sky
In one shining moment, you were willing to try
One shining moment...

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