|[a] Bleak [RF]|
|[b] Lonely RF|
Even in a meaningless holiday basketball tournament in the middle of paradise...wow. Just...wow. I will never forget that day (and I love basketball).
I (and everyone else who loves basketball) will remember today, too (and probably even more than the Chaminade upset that almost none of us saw in-person or on television).
Before tonight, #1 seeds had been 135-0 since the tournament went to its current six-round form in 1985. #2 seeds had lost a handful of times. # 3 seeds had lost a few more of them. Many #4-8 seeds had lost (a whole bunch more).
But, over thirty-three-plus years, NO #1 seed had ever lost a first-round game.
Virginia lost. They were not only a"Number-One" seed. They were the number-one-seeded number-one seed in the NCAA basketball tournament. this year.
|[c] Competition RF|
This is the stuff of mythology (see below).
UVA will never shake off what has happened (as minor as it really is in the grand scheme of things in our global world).
And yet, its not even that "big a deal" in the biggest scheme of things. It's not even close to the biggest thing in Charlotesville in the last twelve months. Not even remotely close.
Um, just think about what has happened there this year.
Yes, that's what I mean by perspective.
And yet the basketball mythology won't go away, either, at least if people focus
|[d] Upset RF|
As the historian Paul Cohen has written, history resides in "three keys": as lived experience (a crazy upset), as history (as reporting of what happened that we will read in the future (UMBC 74 UVA 54) and, most importantly, as mythology (a #16 seed defeats a #1).
I still can't believe that I got to see it live (with several tens of millions of others). Still...wow. I wasn't sure if I would ever see #16 defeats #1 (and especially by twenty points...in which the #1 never had a chance).