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Virginia Defeats Wake Forest on a Buzzer Beater: Some Final Thoughts


Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that was awful. I don't think I need to officially define what I'm referring to when I say "that." If you are a Wake Forest fan, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. Normally we have some additional reaction pieces in addition to the story recap. Truth be told, I didn't have the heart to write anything, and I don't think any other member of the staff did. I commend Bart for being able to write the recap. I was at a bar for a friend's birthday party on Tuesday night after the game, and without fail, every time I looked up I saw a replay of the gut wrenching moment. I needed some time off, because I couldn't write about it, and I imagine you all didn't want to read about it.

That's the kind of loss that sticks with you for a very long time, and might be one that you never forget. So many individual moments in that final minute and change were of relatively low probability, yet they all happened in succession. There were a lot of really positive things that happened in that game. If I was being 100% analytical then I'd say it was an "above average" outcome. Wake Forest played very strong defense for most of the game, and were very patient and efficient on the offensive end. If that final heave doesn't go in, then we all let out a big sigh of relief and celebrate. But in competition, one point can be the difference between despair and jubilation. It's impossible to be 100% analytical after that game. Hell, it's almost impossible for me to be even 1% analytical.

I'd even argue that what Jake did here was a natural and fair reaction after what he, and all of us, had just witnessed.

I've seen the crying Jordan memes. I've seen the replay of the heave and bank. I've seen the Twitter jokes and the sympathy tweets. Quite frankly, I just don't want to talk about it ever again, and I'm guessing a lot of you feel the same way.

What now? Well, the team has to play another game on Sunday, and it will be against another top 25 opponent. We'll never forget what happened on Tuesday, but it's in the past now, and there's nothing we can do. I've gotten some thoughts out, and I appreciate you all for reading them. I don't know if they were worthwhile or even made sense, but I had to finally get something out. If you feel like sharing your thoughts, please do so in the comments section below. If you still don't feel like talking about it, well that's a very normal reaction to what just happened.