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Everyone knows "One Shining Moment," right?

March 9, 2010 - Troy Banning

There are certain songs that everyone just knows. “The Star Spangled Banner.” “Sweet Caroline.” And, of course, the timeless classic “One Shining Moment.”

            Apparently though the word “everyone” is lost on the women of the Daily Freeman-Journal newsroom (I’m speaking about you, Anne and Carrie).

            Surfing for some interesting sports stories Tuesday night, I came across the blurb about Jennifer Hudson being the singer selected to become the new voice of “One Shining Moment” at the conclusion of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Just to clue you in: I’m not a huge fan of Jennifer Hudson, so the choice didn’t exactly make me smile.

            I spouted something like “what a bad choice” to fill the shoes of Luther Vandross, who had the silky-smooth voice that was perfect for college basketball’s theme song. And of course, the two most uneducated sports minds in the world (yep, that’s you again Anne and Carrie) had absolutely no clue what I was talking about. You would have thought I was speaking Klingon.

            They didn’t know the song, had never heard of it, and for a second I thought I was going to have to explain the concept of the NCAA tournament itself. And, no, I’m not joking!

            With Youtube at our fingertips, I had Carrie do a quick search for “One Shining Moment” just so she might understand why millions of people can’t turn away from the final few minutes of the tournament, and why grown men in basketball uniforms sit in the center of the court and weep while watching it as they clutch the championship trophy. Instead she spit on the song and kicked a little dirt on it for good measure with her words: “This is the cheesiest song I’ve ever heard.”

            I’m not going to lie: her words stung. But I can’t fault her for it because she just doesn’t know. She doesn’t get it and she probably never will. It’s sad, really.

            See what I’ve got to deal with here? I’m a guy, a sports nut, and I’m surrounded by two women who wouldn’t know a football from a Philly cheese steak. And they think I’m the strange one!

            Anyway, just to give you a little head’s up, I think we’re going to be doing an NCAA Tournament challenge again this year between Brock Jacobson and myself. You know the drill...we each fill out our brackets, we are awarded points for each game we get correct and at the end the winner gets to force the loser to embarrass himself.

            We did this a couple of years ago and I won. Brock, a former Iowa State basketball player, was supposed to dress up head to toe in Hawkeye gear for a picture, but it never happened. It wasn’t his fault though, I was just too lazy to take the time to find the clothes and take the picture.

            I’ve told Brock to expect a call for a photo shoot sometime soon. Yeah, it’s been two years but the statute of limitations never runs out on a bet.



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