During the “Massacre at Littlejohn”, Clemson couldn’t miss and Duke couldn’t hit anything (or even break a simple press). It was a night of rejoicing for Duke haters as just about everything went right for Oliver Purnell and the Tigers. Well almost everything. . .
The one exception was the attempted aerial acrobatics of one Terrence Oglesby. I have been searching for video of the attempt since it happened, but couldn’t find it until tonight when I stumbled upon two videos. The first is a Zapuder-like film from what appears to be the last row of Littlejohn.
On the surface, it appears to be just another routine blown break-away dunk. It happens to the best of us. (Ok, maybe not me unless we’re playing on a 9-foot rim.) The part where this becomes an instant classic is when you watch ESPN’s coverage. I wasn’t able to find a condensed clip of it, but if you go to the 2:20 mark you will get the pay-off.
I can’t definitively say what was going through Purnell’s mind after that attempt, but I believe it was something along the lines of what the great Sidney Deane once said, “Billy, listen to me. White men can’t jump.”