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Story contributed by: Paulo CG Costa
Affiliation with GMU: alumni
Contributed on: 9 April 2006

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What single moment stands out to you the most from the 2005-06 season?
The national interest at the end of the season

Tell about your experiences during the Kryptonite Kids' magical run through the tournament:
I am a recent GMU PhD graduate living in Brazil, and became very impressed with how the Kryptonite Kid's magical run had a far-reaching impact.
Last Thursday the USAF's Under-Secretary for International Affairs came here to visit the Brazilian Air Force (BAF) Commander and the BAF Air Defense Command HQ. He brought some of his own staff with him, who joined a group of American Embassy's staff members to form his visiting commission of about 15 people. I was handpicked to work as an informal liaison/translator. During the lunch (at a big table in a quite good restaurant), someone mentioned to the Under-Secretary that I was a recent GMU PhD. He (and all the other people there) started to talk about the basketball team and its feat almost instantaneously. I was clearly impressed by the level of familiarity everyone there had with respect to the subject, which is incontestable evidence of the event's magnitude.
I've been introduced as a GMU graduate many times in the past, and was used to hear questions such as "GM what? Where is it?". It seems that now things have changed from sewer water to French wine! I believe the effect will last for a long time. It is amazing to feel "Mason Pride", even from here under the Equator :-)

What do you think this moment means for George Mason University?
A boost to the University's reputation nationwide and a rare oportunity to make GMU a first-brand name among Universities in the US

Cite as:

Paulo CG Costa, Object #163, George Mason University Digital Memory Bank, 9 April 2006, <http://hoops.gmu.edu/detail_story.php?id=163>

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