I don’t even know what to say. Words can’t describe how I feel right now.
I’ve been really lucky over the years. Growing up in Boston, I’ve gotten to witness my team’s experience all kinds of success. Three Super Bowls, two World Series’ and an NBA championship in addition to two women’s basketball national championships and a men’s final four while at college.
But this is different. It feels different. When Teggart hit that last field goal, that devine 52-yard field goal, and the defense held strong in the last eleven seconds, I felt like a tremendous burden was lifted. We won! We actually pulled it off!
This team was dead in the water a month ago. They were 0-2 in the Big East, and they still had the class of the league in front of them. The idea that this would be possible then was laughable, and given UConn football’s history of getting the job done in the Big East when it counts (see 07 WVU, 08 USF and 09 Rutgers) isn’t the best.
That’s why this is so special. Is UConn deserving of a BCS bid compared to Michigan State, LSU or any of those other teams? Hell no. But are they deserving? More so than anybody. Because unlike those other teams, UConn had to work out real adversity and discover who they really are before they could reach their potential, and just in the knick of time, they did. Then they won five games in a row, and repeatedly demonstrated their poise and their will to win.
In the end, they got it done.
And they nearly gave me a heart attack in the process.
Today was one of the longest days of my life, and the last ten minutes of the game may have taken 20 years off my life. But it doesn’t matter. UConn won. They are the champions, and now it’s over. All the haters in the world can’t take this away from the Huskies now, and even if UConn gets beat in the game itself, it won’t take away from what this team accomplished just to get to this point.
And the best part of it all, I get to go to Miami/Phoenix in the dead of winter now. Damn I love my job!