Thursday, June 01, 2006

Greatest Softball Game...EVER!!!

I may have only lived for 21 years and I have seen my fair share of sporting moments in person, however, never have I sat through a game like the one I just saw between Northwestern and Alabama. Northwestern won the game 6-5 in 10 innings and yet somehow, the final score was almost meaningless.

Last week against UMass in Game 2 of the Super Regional, Northwestern did everything they could to lose the game. They hit into a triple play, they had a runner picked off, they failed miserably at the plate for 5 innings and their pitching coach was ejected and yet still managed to come back and win the game and eventually the Super Regional. Tonight's game was a completely different circumstance. The Wildcats did make a few mistakes throughout the game, but the umpiring in this game was horrendous and Alabama never let up and still NU was able to keep their focus and win the game.

Great moments in sports are few and far between. Being a sports fan from Chicago, nothing tops the White Sox title from a season ago. Yet, the fact that regardless of what happened in that series, the players are still millionaires makes a difference.

Every Northwestern player from Erin Dyer and Courtnay Foster to Sheila McCorkle and Tammy Williams gave their heart and soul in Oklahoma City tonight for pure love of the game. No money. No shoe deals. No incentives. Just a drive to hoist a national championship trophy, an undying passion for their teammates and maybe the most powerful point of all...PURPLE PRIDE!!!

Tune in for Northwestern's next game tomorrow night at 7:45pm on 89.3 FM WNUR as the Wildcats take on the winner of UCLA/Tennessee. GO CATS!!!

No comments: