Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Christmas in April

Let's salute Mario Chalmers.

20 years later. Unselfish stars. Inspirational injuries. Head coaches winning the title in their fifth year.

There's a lot of symmetry.


  1. OMG OMG OMG!! Only half-assed text-messaging lingo will suffice at this point.

    HOLY F-CK!


  2. Um, all I have to say is Rock Chalk.


    National Championship!

  3. Still gathering myself after one hell of a bender...

    To win in that fashion, against a team that had won more games than any in history; in the best Final Four field in history; in one of the best championship games in history; on the 20th anniversary of Danny's run, with Danny himself having done the scouting report on Memphis...

    You could not have scripted this any better.

    We played such a great game all the way through, except for that near-fatal dry spell toward the end. The media is emphasizing Memphis's collapse, but the real story is that the 'Hawks just played with unbelievable heart. Mario and Sherron stood out for me, but really it was a team effort, as it has been all season with this group.

    Greatest KU team ever? I'm gonna go ahead and say yes.

  4. More parallels:

    Mario Chalmers dad is an assistant - just like Danny Manning's dad, Ed, in '88.

    Also - referee Ed Hightower worked both games.

    And . . . didn't we get out to a huge lead against an ACC team (DUKE) in the semifinal game in '88?

    A game in which Manning had 25 points and 10 rebounds? Didn't Rush have 25 and 7 against an ACC team this weekend?

    In the 88 semi KU jumped out to a 24-6 lead. In the second half DUKE cut the lead to three. The score? 55-52. Didn't UNC cut it to 54-50?

  5. SI Cover here.

    You can see Julian Wright in the front row.

  6. Thanks for the link to the SI story (and cover), Chris.

    Love that bit about Mario playing for the last shot as a kid, with couches as team benches and his mom singing the national anthem . . .

    Nice quote from Self, seconding Deron's 10:12 comment:
    “Kansas basketball, Dr. Naismith and Rupp and Allen and Owens and Brown and Williams and Wilt and you go on and on and on, there’s so many great teams. This is the winningest team in the history of the program. And I told them tonight you’ll remember it as the best team ever in the history of the program if we take care of business tonight, and that to me is very humbling to think of all the great players and all the great teams, and this one will go down as the best ever. And it’s humbling to have a chance to work with that group of guys.”
    --from kusports.com