Another Crazy Night
By: Connor Lenahan
I don’t understand why, but the guys on the Boston University basketball team want to give me a stroke. It’s getting a bit ridiculous at this point. There are only so many times that I can be shaking and praying to any deity listening for us to pull off a win before I finally kick the bucket. Even tonight the guys felt the need to bring me scarily close to an ICU trip. After leading the Black Knights of Army by nineteen at halftime the game whittled itself down to a tie game once the regulation buzzer sounded. My fingernails had also been reduced to dust and my questioning of why exactly God was punishing me this way was at an all-time high.
Thankfully the team pulled it out. They almost always do. They’re 7-2 at home this season, 15-7 overall. They are great at fighting until the last second. Whether it be the thrilling season opener against Northeastern (which I wrote about here) or overtime losses to Harvard and Norfolk State; The team doesn’t quit. Sure the team would rather blowouts like UMass-Lowell or Navy, but I’d like to be married to Kate Upton and be Batman. We don’t always get what we want. Deal with it.
The great news is that the team will go into any challenge and stare down their opponent. Rarely do they blink. Tonight DJ Irving was repeatedly sent to the free throw line to cement the ever-dwindling Terriers lead. He’s in front of a large crowd, on TV, and no doubt aware of the significance that any and all missed free throws would have. What does he do? He goes fourteen for fourteen – that was not a typo; he hit fourteen free throws – to assist the Terriers in beating Army tonight. When in doubt, give it to Ice Irving. He’s been coming up clutch all year. Don’t trust me? He played a pivotal role late in wins against Northeastern, Quinnipiac, Maryland, Lehigh, and Army. Kid has frozen Fiji water for blood.
That’s not to take away from the rest of the team. Time and time again someone will step up and take command of the situation to make sure the three letters at the end of the night are “BU” and “W.”
Tonight DJ had 22, Malik Thomas had 18 and Cedric Hankerson had 19. Maurice Watson Jr. dished dimes like an ATM like normal. The team had energy and fought through challenges. That’s why I identify with these guys so well. That’s why they’re my best friends at BU. I will fight any challenge my bone condition gives me. They will fight any challenge life or other teams give them. What we have in common is that we pull it off. We have to. It’s just what we do.
There’s a bit of magic with the team. I saw this with Abington Heights a few seasons ago. When you continuously win the close ones there’s an invisible momentum on your side. That force is building. You can see it in the guys. They are meshing. They’re improving. They’re remaining a family. They’re winning. They’re going to keep winning until they have their name called Selection Sunday. That’s how this story has to play out.
Because if you are willing to look at adversity in the face and laugh, you’re capable of anything. That’s what these guys do. They’re unbreakable. Their ability to do this motivates me to do the same. Never forget that these guys are the reason why I get out of bed every morning willing to continue kicking OI’s ass and getting back up walking. Nothing makes me happier than when Maurice teases me that I “don’t need the chair.” Because if he believes it that I do to.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: These guys are my family. I will follow my family to despair and back, because I love these guys. If I can do anything, they can do it too. If they can do anything, I can too. All of us are Unbreakable. That’s just a fact. That’s why you’re never stopping me, and that’s why you’re never stopping the Terriers.
Maybe they almost give me a stroke, or a heart attack, or send me to the ER, but I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s a wild ride for sure. I just enjoy the ride with my brothers.
Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is the founder and editor-in-chief of Connorlenahan.com. He is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org