10 Things I Learned Vs. Wake

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What a great weekend. On top of my oldest son’s team winning a big game, Navy snaps its losing streak against Notre Dame in dramatic fashion. Son wins. Navy wins. Notre Dame loses. And toss in a Maryland loss for good measure. Yep, a pretty good weekend …

… oh yeah, and UVa won another game too. By a single point. Again.

When it comes to that win, I hardly know where to begin.

1. Oh. My. Goodness. Sometimes, it is difficult to put things into perspective, to define what you are seeing happen with you own eyes. And that, my friends, is the Hoos’ 2007 season.

An NCAA record five wins by two points or less. Five games won with fourth quarter rallies. And while we are on the number five, think through our last five games. We lost only one of those games … by five points. We won the other four games … by a total of five points. Maybe I am the only person struck by how odd that point breakdown is, but I struggle to remember another streak like this one.

How do you explain it? Maybe you don’t. Maybe you just enjoy it. Maybe Chris Long ‘s “football karma” explanation is as good as any explanation out there. He is right, after all – there are plenty of fantastic young men on this team – but when I looked at this team, I don’t think “karma” is quite the right word. You watch young men like Jameel Sewell and Kevin Ogletree and Chris Cook (and Wali Lundy) get mobbed by kids when they are spotted late at Sunday’s men’s basketball game, and you watch how gracious they are with their time, giving every kid that ran up all the attention they craved. You think about a low-key young man like Jon Copper hosting a weekly bible study for anyone who wants to come but pushing himself on no one, remembering that this is probably the only time each week that you can find him outside of the filmroom. You watch a young man like Cedric Peerman going up and down the sideline on his crutches on game day, knowing how hard it is for him not to be out there but seeing him try to do everything he can to support his team and teach the younger players. You watch a young man like Chris Gould put off his own celebration by sprinting over to Sam Swank to console Swank