Championship: North Carolina vs Michigan State
The night before and the day of the national championship game, it snowed heavily. At least what I would call heavily for April!! There were free concerts downtown, but who would want to be outside in that weather? Well, once again I got to see the Tar Heels win the national championship. The worst part was that it was never a good game. UNC jumped out ahead pretty easily and early on and Michigan State couldn't buy a basket at times. That took the crowd out of it early. We were hoping the home crowd would energize the place like in the UConn game. Jeff and I even bought Michigan State t-shirts to help cheer with them.
The only highlight for me was the announcement of the 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame class at halftime. On to the court walked Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton and C. Vivian Stringer (go Rutgers!). What a class! Larry Bird was also in attendance with Magic Johnson to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Michigan State-Indiana State. Former players were everywhere that weekend. Jeff actually flew with Christian Laettner from Jacksonville to Detroit. When we were in the airport to fly back, we saw Bill Russell walking down the hall. All in all, we had a good time despite another UNC title.