It was the ugliest looking championship basketball game in history, but the right team won, so who cares. We know most of the first names of the Uconn men’s team because we’ve been following all season, but some of the names are less well known than the starters and top bench guys. Enosch Wolf, like Niels Giffey is from Germany. Benjamin Stewart, Kyle Bailey and Michael Bradley are not as famous as some of the other players. I particularly liked watching Roscoe Smith play with stitches and a black eye. He looked like a real scrapper.
Many of those players will be back next year. They have talent, experience and the will to win. They’ll miss Kemba, sure. Who won’t? But I’m so proud of those young men and what they accomplished. They’ll be forever known as the team that came from out of nowhere, from Maui to the moon. They’ve given us all an entertaining lesson on hard work, teamwork combined with individual effort and stick-to-itiveness. Isn’t that what college is all about?
They’ll also be famous for one singular act I’ve never seen before. This team made Jim Calhoun dance for joy.
Stop by the Mark Twain House and Museum to see my exhibit of original editorial cartoon art. “Drawing Fire: Bob Englehart’s 30 years at The Courant.” It’s free and will be up through May. For more information, call the Mark Twain House and Museum at 860-247-0998. As long as you’re there, take a tour!
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