What do Darth Vader, Stewie Griffin, Michael Jordan, Daniel Tosh, Justin Bieber and the Dos Equis guy (a.k.a. The Most Interesting Man in the World) have in common?
All attended UCF’s big win against Memphis Tigers in the basketball conference game on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.
Of course, not all were physically present. Most of them came as cardboard head cutouts held by Knightmarish and wild fans. Despite Daniel Tosh being an alumnus of UCF, he was in the form of a cardboard cutout as well. But the one that was alive and physically present was the basketball champion himself, Michael Jordan.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why he was there. Jordan’s youngest son, Marcus Jordan, plays guard and is one of the most valuable players on the team. Contributing to 20 points of the final score of 68-67, there’s no question that he made his father proud.
But as always, it isn’t just one player that makes a team. UCF forward Keith Clanton was the final contributing factor to the big win by grabbing an offensive rebound off a shot from player A.J. Rompza, and tying the game at 67-67, collecting the ‘and one.’ Clanton successfully made the free throw with only four seconds left to put the Knights ahead. Shortly after Memphis ran out of time, UCF fans charged the court.
Amidst the sweaty armpits of basketball players, screaming fans and camera cords wrapping around my feet — I realized rushing the court may have been a bad idea. But through all the exhilaration and pride, I couldn’t help but smile and take on the infectious morale as my own with everyone else’s. UCF basketball, for the first time in history, beat Memphis for the first time in 10 previous matchups. Watch out Big East, the Knights are preparing for a takeover in 2013.