By: Connor Lenahan
I’m going to start by apologizing for the headline. It’s unoriginal, I agree.
The but damn if there was ever a time in which it was appropriate, it’s today. I have two basketball stories dominated my day today. I woke up to the news that my friend, Abington Heights basketball legend JC Show, had been named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania. I found this out while sitting in my psychology class and it took ever bit of my soul not to start screaming in excitement. JC’s Abington career recently came to it’s end. It’s sad to watch the greatest player the boys team has ever had walk away after four magnificent years, but it’s nice to see such a high honor being given to such a great kid. JC and the Show family are absolute angels and have always been nothing but nice to me. They’re hard-working, humble people; especially JC. He is more than deserving of the award and many more in the near future. I’m proud to call him a friend and honored to have announced the majority of his record breaking career. You cannot get a better guy. I’ll thankfully get to see him next year at Bucknell as well. Even though he’s going to be playing against my boys, I’ll still be rooting for him. Everyone Abington Heights past and present will be too.
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It took me a while to realize what I was watching. I was nibbling on my lunch from BurgerFi with the Duke game on in the background. I saw that Mercer was actually hanging with them for a while. No biggie, I assumed, the game has a lot of time left for Jabari Parker to take over.
But it didn’t. The scoreboard was favoring Mercer with only a few minutes left to go. Two thoughts came to mind. One: Great, there goes half my title game and my bracket. Two: This is a great day for America. Nothing is more fun than Twitter after a Duke loss in the tournament. People were ruthless today. My favorite link was shared by DJ Irving: DidDukeWin.com
The biggest take away from the game wasn’t the newfound lack of Parker in the tournament, no, it was the post game celebration by Mercer.
I do not know who this kid is. It does’t matter what his name is, I’m calling him “Nae Nae” forever. This is everything ever. Perfection at its peak. This is quite possibly the high point for our country. Mercer to the ‘ship. Let’s do this. Today is insane and I love everything.
Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org