“If you don’t like it, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit, children’s book illustrator.Many in the Cyclone fan base are probably heartbroken after Sunday’s last-second loss to Ohio State. This one, unfortunately, has the finality of ending the season. As you continue to reflect, don’t lose sight of the resiliency and character shown by Fred Hoiberg’s senior-laden club. The Cyclones battled all season and brought great joy. You can’t change the fact that, to win, the second-seeded Buckeyes benefitted from…
· a three-point shot at the buzzer from a 29% shooter, who averaged less than one made 3 per game;
· a boost from a late call that required clarification from the NCAA Officials Chief (CBS analyst Charles Barkley said: “The ref just missed the call, plain and simple.”);
· and an ankle injury to ISU’s best defender and second-best three-point shooter (Chris Babb), which shelved him for the entire second half.
We can lament what could have been. We can also celebrate what was.
The seniors, especially, who brought this program back to life deserve your appreciation. It was a magical season and the foundation for a spectacular future for Cyclone basketball with the Mayor in charge.
You can change the way you think about the game result by applauding a terrific effort in a fun-and-memory-filled season.
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