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Story contributed by: Jack Smith
Affiliation with GMU: faculty/staff
Contributed on: 23 April 2006

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What single moment stands out to you the most from the 2005-06 season?
The final shot of the UCONN game

Tell about your experiences during the Kryptonite Kids' magical run through the tournament:
As the manager of the bookstore at George Mason I have a rather unique perspective. On the day of the game against UCONN I was flying to Dallas for Barnes & Noble's annual trade show along with my merchandise manager, Karen. The timing couldn't be worse. We arrived in Dallas just as the game was getting under way. I was calling home to get score updates. Fortunately the hotel we were staying at was only 10 minutes away. That is if our bus driver didn't feel compelled to take us on a scenic tour. We got to the hotel and immediately went to the sports bar they had. We managed to catch the last few minutes of the first half. During half-time we checked in and went back to the bar. During the second half of the game the crowd in the bar grew larger and everyone was cheering for Mason. I was sitting on the edge my seat the whole time. Then we went into overtime and I didn't think I could take anymore. By this time I was late for my first meeting of the day but I wasn't about to leave the bar. Then came the final shot from UCONN and they missed. The crowd in the bar went nuts. Suddenly everyone Dallas was a Mason fan. After much celebration I ran to my first meeting which I was now 30 minutes late for. I'm sure what they were talking was important but I don't really remember. I had other things on my mind... like t-shirts. The next day I was on a plane back to Virginia and I went straight from the airport to Fairfax. I walked into the bookstore to what I can only describe as organized chaos. In the end we sold more then 25,000 Final Four shirts and in one week sold more clothing then we did all of last year. What a ride.

What do you think this moment means for George Mason University?
George Mason has finally received the national recognition it deserves. Now everyone knows who we are and not just Northern Virginia.

Cite as:

Jack Smith, Object #185, George Mason University Digital Memory Bank, 23 April 2006, <http://hoops.gmu.edu/detail_story.php?id=185>

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