Iowa State beat North Carolina, for me.....right now, WHY
doesn't matter, it's HOW.
I must admit I wanted Iowa State to win. I am from Iowa and
getting any team from Iowa to the tournament is not common enough, and a Sweet
16 appearance is an all too rare occasion. It was in 2000, 14 years ago, when
Iowa State made the Sweet 16.
With that Iowa State win, a very talented North Carolina
team lost. If they play ten games, Iowa State may win four. Winning and losing
is a part of life.But it is HOW you win
and lose that separate those who possess a higher set of character skills and have
a better understanding of what life is really about.
Late in the game, Iowa State regained the lead 85-83 by
scoring a basket when DeAndre Kane made a twisting layup leaving 1.6 seconds on
the clock. Nate Britt took the North Carolina inbounded ball across half court
and called a timeout before the time ran out.
But wait...after some confusion, the officials reviewed the
play. Most of those watching believed the officials were trying to determine
how much time was going to be put back on the clock.Then they reviewed the play some more.
During this time, North Carolina's coach Williams was
setting up a play for the last shot, one last shot to save the season and
advance to the next round.
After the official called the two coaches to mid-court, Iowa
State's Fred Hoiberg and Roy Williams heard the determination.There would be no time left and Iowa State
wins the game, North Carolina's season is finished.
Even after watching this decision it was difficult to
determine what happened. The reason why it was so hard to understand what was
going on was because of the way Coach Williams calmly accepted the explanation,
the season ending explanation.
Coach Williams simply shook Hoiberg's hand and walked towards
Iowa State's bench and congratulated the team on their win.Coach Williams was stoic, or a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing
their feelings or complaining.
Trust me, being stoic in that situation seems near
impossible, but I often wear my emotions on my sleeve. Here is a big thumbs up
from a person who believes, a person should always "act like they have been
If you win, great!If
you lose, learn from it, or you have really lost.
Congratulations on your stoic loss coach, I learned from it.