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Story contributed by: Nam Pham
Affiliation with GMU: student
Contributed on: 30 March 2006

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What single moment stands out to you the most from the 2005-06 season?
I remember hanging over the railing on the stairway between the second and third floors of the Johnson Center when Connecticut's Denham Brown raced down the floor after Tony Skinn missed his free throw attempt and threw up that rediculous reverse lay-up to send the game into overtime. The maniacal crowd in the Johnson Center that Sunday that had been in a frenzy, thinking that Mason was about to win the game, but I remember that when that lay-up dropped in the basket, the whole Johnson Center became quiet. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. My throat still hasn't quite recovered from my screaming and yelling after Mason's overtime victory.

Tell about your experiences during the Kryptonite Kids' magical run through the tournament:
I remember working as a cashier in the sporting goods store where I'm employed right now during the George Mason vs. North Carolina game. The game was being played behind me in the team sports section of the store. I was busy ringing up the customers when suddenly I heard this loud roar come from behind me. I stopped ringing up items for a second and turned around trying to figure out where the noise had come from. One of the customers told me that George Mason had won. I was in total disbelief, but my eyes didn't lie as I saw a huge crowd of people cheering over near the big screen in the store. I had never been in such a good mood at work before. After that, I tried to not get scheduled for work on any days that George Mason played. The store scheduled me to work during the UConn game...but I just happened to be "sick" that day. haha.

What do you think this moment means for George Mason University?
Up until this point, George Mason had never really felt like the "college experience" that I had heard of while I was in high school. Since I am a commuter I miss out of many of the potential experiences I could have had. This moment has brought this once, dull campus to life. No matter where you are on campus you can't avoid seeing green and gold. It's everywhere and I love it. Since this is a commuter school, not only do you see signs of support for George Mason on campus, but outside it as well. I think most of northern Virginia, DC, and even Maryland is going Mason crazy. Actually, I think the entire nation has rallied in support of this "mid-major" school. I know enrollment will rise along with tuition and room and board, but the value of George Mason University degrees will also rise. Now when you arrive at your job interview, the interviewer won't ask, "Where is George Mason?"

Cite as:

Nam Pham, Object #10, George Mason University Digital Memory Bank, 30 March 2006, <http://hoops.gmu.edu/detail_story.php?id=10>

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