I loved the game Saturday night. So much so, in fact, that while flipping through channels today, I happened upon CBS College Sports (used to be CSTV). They were replaying the KU-Carolina demolition, so I decided to check out the last fifteen minutes or so. And while re-watching the game, I noticed a couple of things I didn't notice watching it live, mostly because of my excessive joy and jumping around at that time.
You see, after Bill Self took his starters out, the CBS cameras showed Bill hugging Russell. It was sweet. I saw it on Saturday. However, immediately succeeding that we see just a small, millisecond clip of Bill Self talking to Brandon Rush. And before they cut away back to the action, you can clearly read Self's lips saying something to Brandon:
Then, a couple of minutes later, after the final horn had blared and the players were getting ready to shake some hands, they cut towards a shot of Darnell Jackson and Tyrell Reed. Darnell noticed the camera, looked straight into the eyes of America, placed his index finger high in the air and said:
As soon as the Carolina game ended, we were focused on one thing. The only game standing between us and a National Championship.
And despite 60% of ESPN's SportsNation choosing the Memphis Tigers, and a vast majority of the MSM choosing the 38-1 Tigs, I all of a sudden am feeling wildly confident. I'm not really sure why. I can't tell you why, but suddenly, I'm positive. We won't lose this game.
If I'm wrong, shoot me. But we are going to win this game. I promise you.
Our boys have been given a chance to be remembered among the all-time greats here at Kansas University, and an opportunity to win a National Championship.
If you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted
In one moment
Would you capture it?
Or just let it slip?
--- Eminem "Lose Yourself
How we respond to those questions, when we are presented the opportunity to "seize" a National Championship, will decide the winner and the loser.
Oh, yeah, and we are going to win. In case I didn't make that clear enough yet.