There's a sweet story at annarbor.com about Michigan's basketball game tonight against NAIA team, Concordia University, Ann Arbor. Obviously, the Concordia team is vastly overmatched in ability, size, speed, etc., etc., etc. But what a thrill for those kids.
I remember what a thrill it was for me to play hoops in the CCRB against Gary Grant and Glenn Rice and Tim McCormick. I'll never forget guarding Rice (and being terrified I'd trip like a clutz and injure him in some way.) Or, being the 5th guy running pickup ball with some guys on the team and a couple others back for the summer from the NBA and CBA. I was totally gassed after several games, and humiliated they kept passing me the ball and shouting out, "shoot the ball, white boy." But those are great memories I'll always have.
No matter what the final score tonight, I can only imagine what it must be like for the team at Concordia to play at Crisler. And the wild thing is, they'll be back to their dorms down the road after the game tonight. I wish I was close enough to go to the game, such as it is.