Sunday, March 26, 2006

Great to be a Patriot

So much was made of the video of Iowa fans and their reaction to the upset loss to Northwestern State. That video showed -- pardon the cliché -- the agony of defeat.

Today's video shows the other perspective of the upset. This afternoon, I found myself in the middle of the George Mason student section at the Verizon Center, cheering along as the Patriots pulled off one of the greatest upsets in NCAA Tournament history.

Many of the alums in the building had not seen the Mason team before today. One alum told me at the half, 'You know, we're just happy to be here.' The same could not be said by those who followed the team extensively this season. You'll see from the video how much this win meant to the team and to the student body.

The video is available below, and if seeing a few hundred college kids chanting 'Billy Packer! Billy Packer!' doesn't get you going, I'm not sure what will.

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