Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age. More likely I'm just falling into a chasm of mental instability, but when the clock expired today and I watched those kids rush the court the same way I did when UW beat Minnesota when I was in school, the throat tightened and the eyes watered. That was the best basketball game I have ever seen in person. That is largely based on the fact my team won, but I have some credibility on this issue. Until recently the best game I had ever been to was a Badger loss to Indiana in triple overtime in 1987 (that game is still to date the loudest game of any kind I have every attended). That game was surpassed in recent years by the Taylor team's win over #1 OSU, but still, for 20 years my favorite Badger game was a loss.
From the Berggren dunk and one, to the Hardaway 3 with Bruiser in his face, to the Brust heave, you have to go back to Oklahoma vs Boise St to find a game with that kind of crazy end of game drama. This was a great game even without the spectacular finish. Neither team led by more than 6 in the 2nd half. I've had a grin on my face since about 1pm, and it doesn't appear to be going anywhere.
I love you Bo Ryan.