ESPN Chooses Mason’s Cinderella Run as One of Top Sports Stories for 2006
Posted: December 19, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
It is the time of year for lists, and the sports world is no different. What is unique as 2006 comes to a close is that George Mason University is getting international attention on end-of-the-year lists.
The Patriots’ magical Final Four run last spring in men’s basketball was chosen as the No. 9 sports story of the year by ESPN.
The Mason entry, under the headline “Upset Special,” read:
“By the time of George Mason’s March 26 matchup with UConn, the top seed in the Washington Region, the 11th-seeded Patriots had already mowed down postseason regulars North Carolina and Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament. But when Huskies forward Denham Brown hit a buzzer-beater to send the game into overtime, it looked as if the Patriots’ magic had run out. Deep into OT, though, GMU was still up by two. Brown pulled up at the 3-point line … and missed. Cinderella lived on.”
In addition, Mason’s Final Four run was chosen as one of the top news stories of 2006 by Yahoo! News.