Last night’s national college men’s (NCAA) championship was a contest in which neither side backed down or got rattled or gave less than a terrific performance.
An underdog team went up against a school that has won the title several times, but not in quite a few years.
An aging super-star coach competed against a young rising star coach.
Duke won, (my alma mater, as it happens) but only by a two-point basket and the game was still undecided in the last 13 seconds. And all involved played their parts with gumption (which is to say, a combo of dignity and fire.)
It was exciting and lovely to see, if you like basketball, as most people in my home state of North Carolina do.
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