You always remember the comebacks in basketball. The moments when the impossible become a dream in a matter of seconds.
Think Reggie Miller vs. the Knicks. Or Mario Chalmers and Kansas vs. Memphis to win the NCAA Tournament title. Or this high school player who recently scored 11 points in 46 seconds http://deadspin.com/5160247/how-to-
The CBSSports.com Men's Basketball Team had one of those moments Tuesday night in our championship game at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, FL. While it wasn't as vital as any of those other games, it was a night we will never forget.
First, the players. From CBSSports.com we have coach Corey Guerrera, Ryan Simmons, Chris Woodruff, Adam Wayne and myself. There also are former employees David Gonos, Danny Kadoche and Brett Tresky and friends Jason Garcia and John Hett.
Our team has never played to its talent level, so we ended up in the "B" playoffs. Hett called our division the "WNBA" of the league while we were watching the "A" championship before our game. Woodruff said we were "more like the WNBA D-League."
Still, we won our first playoff game before advancing to the finals. We finished the regular season at 3-7, but in two seasons we are 3-1 in the playoffs, so we come up big when it matters most. That happened Tuesday.
We played Blue Chips, which had beaten us earlier in the year and re-defined poor sportsmanship. One of their players started a fight with Kadoche during the season, and Tuesday the same guy stuck his middle finger at our bench when he made a free throw.
Blue Chips was ahead 46-42 with under a minute when the magic started. Simmons hit a three-pointer -- his first of the season.
At halftime, Simmons was shooting threes and hit three in a row. Gonos said to him "save it" for the second half, and Simmons did.
After Simmons hit the shot, he ran back and stole the ball and passed it to Woodruff. Simmons yelled "shoot it, Woodruff, shoot it." Nothing but net.
You never know when something like is going to happen, and the other team was stunned. Our team went into total euphoria.
I know, it's kind of pathetic for grown men to get over-excited about winning the lower division of a rec league, but we have been parading the trophy around the office. Hey, we're entitled to our Al Bundy moment.
After all, this is what sports is all about.