Sometimes I love TV. Like today. I just saw Barton College beat Winona State in mens college basketball to win the D2 National Championship. It was unbelievable: Barton was the underdog of underdogs. Winona had an undefeated season and led for much of the game. I was drifting in and out of sleep, but caught the last couple minutes.
Down by 5, a young man named Anthony Atkinson got me so fired up and brought me back to my childhood and the excitement of watching Jordan win playoff games. He scored his team’s last 10 points including three ridiculous layups/drives to the basket. The most beautiful part? After a series of improbable events put him at the free throw line with a chance to tie the game with seconds on the clock…he missed.
The game looked lost.
He hung his head, a look of utter sadness taking over his face. But then…
In the flash of an eye, a steal and, as time expired, he scores the game winning basket!
It felt like a testament to any battle never being over until you decide it is. Going into the tournament no one gave Barton a chance to win it all. No chance going into this game either. Then at the end of game, after coming so close, it looked like they blew it and the fairy-tale was over. But, still, they kept on going. And won.
That’s entertainment at it’s best: inspiring. Google News “barton college” or click here to read about it. Wow.
3/6/13 – I vaguely remember this game. I still love watching sports because while 99% of the time it’s fine and a time-kill, every now and then, you’re inspired.