Sweetest NCAA Memories #5: The Mason MiraclePosted by rtmsf on March 14th, 2009
RTC asked its legion of correspondents, charlatans, sycophants, toadies and other hangers-on to send us their very favorite March Madness memory, something that had a visceral effect on who they are as a person and college basketball fan today. Not surprisingly, many of the submissions were excellent and if you’re not fired up reading them, then you need to head back over to PerezHilton for the rest of this month. We’ve chosen the sixteen best, and we’ll be counting them down over the next two weeks as we approach the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
The Mason Miracle (submitted by Ryan Kish of George Mason Basketball)
I’ll have to take the homer pick here, as a I do blog about George Mason. The 2006 Final Four run by the Patriots shocked everyone and it wasn’t just the fact that they unseated some historic programs (Michigan St, UNC and UConn) but rather how they accomplished it. The Patriots took down a UConn squad that was littered with NBA prospects by going right into the teeth of the Husky front court. Not by shooting a barrage of hail mary three-pointers but by using their undersized forwards to take the Huskies on right at the chokepoint. Mason inspired many basketball fans by showing that having superb talent doesn’t always guarantee victory and five guys playing together with unity and determination can win under any circumstance. The victory was not just for Mason but for all the mid-majors who thought they were not given enough respect around the NCAA and the media. ‘If Mason can do it, why can’t we’, is now the battle cry on many mid-major campuses and everyone wonders each year: who will be the next George Mason?
Answer: there won’t be one.