We took a break in our busy newsroom of the business of gathering and preparing the late night newscasts. The Syracuse unbeaten season was on the line. 4.4 seconds to go. The Orange trails Pitt by a single point. The Orange inbounds the ball to freshman sensation Tyler Ennis. He runs from one foul line, over half court and nears the three point line on the other end.
As the final second of the game ticks off, one tenth of a second at a time - Ennis releases. The building quiets. The Orange players eye the rim. The Pitt head coach prepares to celebrate victory. The clock expires. The ball goes through the net. Syracuse wins. Syracuse wins. Even Coach Boeheim released his ever reluctant smile.
In a scene repeated across Central New York living rooms, man caves and sports bars Syracuse fans went crazy. Our newsroom was no different. I high fived interns, reporters and producers. Even Laura Hand who was keeping tabs on the game as she got in some late night work. What excitement!
Instantly Facebook feeds jammed up with exclamations of joy. Praise of Tyler Ennis. And the need to have AED's in every home.
I called my Dad who is vacationing in Florida. I knew he was watching the game. I wanted to make sure he and my mom had survived the excitement. They sure did. I could hear their smiles through the phone.
Before the officials had confirmed Tyler Ennis had beat the buzzer our friends at Holy Shirt had conceived yet another winning idea for the latest top of the drawer t-shirt. The new Orange shirt says "Ice Man" with a maple leaf in the center and Ennis' number 11 on the back.
We have a winner. Not just the point guard, but this entire edition of Jim Boeheim's basketball program.
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