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By - June 19, 2007


Every Tuesday during the summer, I'm going to scour the salvage yard of user-generated content for the Web's best college basketball-related clips to help pass the time until the official start of practice on Oct. 15.

  • One of the more overlooked buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament lore occurred on Mar. 21, 1992, when seventh-seeded Georgia Tech stunned second-seeded Southern California -- led by future two-time Slam Dunk champ Harold Miner -- on a James Forrest three-pointer as time expired. Al McGuire's famous call of the play ("Holy mackerel! Holy mackerel!") still sends chills up the spines of Tech fans.

  • A personal favorite: A highlight reel of Allen Iverson's exploits on the gridiron from high school. As a junior, the future Georgetown cager earned All-State honors at the quarterback postion (also putting in time at running back, safety, punt returner and kick returner). The Answer would lead Bethel to a Virginia state championship in the fall -- before leading the basketball team to another state title in the winter. Don't miss his monster hit to break up a passing play at the 0:38 mark.

  • Here's an anecdote for the trivia file: David Barrett originally penned "One Shining Moment" -- the signature anthem of March Madness -- in a 20-minute rush of inspiration after watching a Larry Bird highlight reel. Once CBS Sports creative director Doug Towey got a hold of the tune through Armen Keteyian (a high school friend of Barrett's), the song was earmarked for the network's coverage of Superbowl XXI -- after the first line was altered from The ball is tipped to The ball is kicked. As it turned out, the game and subsequent player interviews ran long and the network had to rush to their post-game show at the expense of the song's debut. Rather than wait until the following January, CBS changed the opening lyric back and the rest is NCAA Tournament history. Here's the very first "One Shining Moment" which ran just minutes after Keith Smart's clutch jumper sunk Syracuse and brought Indiana its fifth national championship. (Check out the mullet on Florida's Dwayne Schintzius during the first 10 seconds. Yikes!)

Posted by at 09:48 AM on June 19, 2007
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