I try not to show emotion when I’m at a game.
I do everything I can to simply watch the action and soak it all in. After all, I don’t have a rooting interest.
Sometimes, however, I can’t contain myself, and Tuesday was one of those nights.
After Copperas Cove fell into a late 15-point hole against Ellison, I assumed the outcome was certain. The Lady Eagles were going to cruise to victory, keeping their undefeated District 8-5A record intact.
Then, with less than three minutes remaining in the game, Lady Bulldawgs senior guard Xylina Carlisle made a 3-pointer. Moments later, Copperas Cove junior Kenya Haynes connected from deep followed by teammate Brittany Gamble, who added another, making the score 68-62 with 1 minute, 56 seconds showing on the clock.
As Gamble’s shot dropped through the net, I just about jumped out of my seat.
It had nothing to do with any loyalty I have toward Copperas Cove or any dislike I have for Ellison. It was simply a series of unbelievable shots that caused the side of the building cheering for the Lady Bulldawgs to erupt.
Copperas Cove’s torrid shooting continued as Carlisle and Gamble each drained another 3-pointer as the Lady Bulldawgs connected on five consecutive 3-pointers to tie the score 70-70 before they eventually lost by two points, 72-70.
Regardless of who emerged victorious, the series of shots will stick with me.
It was just one of those moments in time when it is hard to comprehend exactly what is happening right in front of your eyes.
It was one of those moments when the job title was removed and I reverted back to a fan.
It was one of those moments when players and coaches can’t even explain exactly what was going on because, somehow, it just happened.
As a professional, I’m expected to know what is going on. In fact, I’m often expected to predict what is going to happen, but rarely do I ever claim to know and it is because of moments like what occurred Tuesday.
There is a reason teams play games, and it is because nobody, and I mean nobody, knows what is going to happen. Some people might act like they know or even truly believe they know, but they don’t.
It is impossible to predict the implausible.
Nobody ever thought Mike Tyson would get knocked out or the New York Giants would end the New England Patriots’ bid at the first undefeated season in NFL history in the 2007 Super Bowl. Few thought the No. 8 seed Denver Nuggets could beat the Seattle Supersonics in the 1994 NBA playoffs and even fewer predicted George Mason would reach the Final Four in 2006.
It all happened though, and I was bouncing off the walls for every bit of it.
I love sports, especially the unpredictability. If everything happened exactly as expected, there would be no reason to watch.
I live for the wild and crazy moments, just like the ones I witnessed Tuesday evening.
Contact Clay Whittington at firstname.lastname@example.org