We often hear of the corruption of sport…
The bribes, the gambling, the convictions but in a brief moment, for one day, any team in any sport can be the best.
That is the absolute purity of competition and the reason millions of us flock to arenas, bars and TV sets to see the dreams of young men and woman come true. As an underdog, the expectation is that you will lose. Maybe 9 out of 10 times or 99 out of a 100 times, but one day when everything aligns perfectly, that 10th time or 100th time is a memory that will last a lifetime.
It is the 1000 word picture that stays imprinted in your mind as you share the story with your children and grandchildren that continue to keep us coming back.
Today, the Kansas Jayhawks, walked into San Antonio, Texas as an 11.5 point favorite and sure bet to go to the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Who could have thought Virginia Commonwealth University; a humble school in a town of 200,000 could walk away the victors. Aside from the 200,000, not many more.
Witnessed by fans from coast to coast, a dream became a remarkable reality. From start to finish, they dominated the giant. In a true modern day David and Goliath story, these remarkable young men, with their confidence on their shoulder and their pride in their hearts put together sixty minutes of perfection to take down one of the best teams in the nation.
To bear witness to this event can only make you smile.
Embrace this moment, as a fan, a player, a coach or just someone that believes that life is unpredictable and in any given moment, miracles can happen.
Congratulations VCU for making a country believe in something magical.