A few weeks ago, I was sad to hear that Jeff Capel was fired at Oklahoma because a few months ago, I was flying from Indianapolis to Dallas and was seated next to Jeff on the flight. I am writing this tonight because one of the topics of our conversation on that flight was the 1994 One Shining Moment. Let me explain.
Call me a sports sap, but I have always enjoyed the One Shining Moment that CBS plays at the end of the tournament. In 1991, I started taping them on my VCR and used to re-watch them during the off-season to get my college basketball fix. Imagine my delight when in the mid 2000’s I was able to find a copy of the FIRST One Shining Moment (OSM) from Indiana’s last National Championship in 1987. The only time I had seen it was during the live telecast when I was 9, so it was amazing that I now had the full collection of OSM. (If you for some reason have not seen the 1987 OSM, enjoy it at the end of this post)
When CBS put all of the OSM’s up on iTunes in 2007, I bought the whole set.
(Side note, CBS – PLEASE CONTINUE TO SELL THESE ON iTUNES! I will gladly pay $1.99 each year for a high quality version of OSM. Don’t make me rip it off my DVR, like it’s my old VCR. And for some reason last year you took the OSM off YouTube? Why are you spending so much energy getting your stuff off YouTube while also not offering the consumer any outlet to purchase that same video?)
So, needing an icebreaker, I let him know that I was a fan of his way back to his days when he was dunking over Michigan State in the 1994 OSM. Then I showed him a clip of his dunk.
We ended up watching the entire OSM together, including another wicked dunk he had against Glenn Robinson and Purdue.
Jeff remembered each of those dunks and the game situations they happened in. He also joked that he wishes that he could still jump like that. He thanked me very much for showing it to him and it sparked up a great conversation that we had for the whole flight. He talked about how he grew up near UNC and was a huge Tarheel fan and going to UNC was going to be a no brainer for him. When I asked him how he then went to UNC’s rival Duke, he said, “Once Coach K came into my house and started talking, I knew that was the Coach I had to play for.” We also talked about Blake Griffin and he asked me my thoughts on Tom Crean. Finally, I asked for a picture, and sadly the guy who took the picture had NO talent with holding a camera steady, so here was the best picture I got.
Can’t say much about his coaching job at Oklahoma or VCU, although he did get OU a 1 seed and built the foundation for a VCU team that made it to the Final Four this year. But I can say that in the 2 hours we sat together he was a super nice guy and really enjoyed talking basketball.
When I heard about Capel and Oklahoma, I went back and re-watched the 1994 OSM and a few others, and realized something very sad for IU fans. For better or worse, OSM is a time capsule of that NCAA tournament. In 2002, IU was prominently featured in the OSM, as we were in the National Championship game. The last time we had a clip in the OSM? 1994.
In 1994 we had clips of Sherron Wilkerson breaking his leg and Bob Knight yelling at Todd Leary. (Knight was probably giving Todd advice on defensive positioning, but looking back maybe he should have been telling him that mortgage fraud isn’t a great idea and is something he should stay away from)
Getting onto OSM does not a successful season make. But when you are going on almost 20 years, only being on it twice is not a good place to be. Schools like Alabama, Western Kentucky & Sienna have been featured more that twice in that time. Not counting last year and this year, Butler was featured more on OSM in the same period. Hell, last year Jennifer Hudson had more airtime on One Shining Moment than IU has had in 20 years!
It is a very sad thought that in the time capsule for College Basketball from 1994-2011, Mississippi State is featured much more than Indiana University. Here’s hoping that changes in the years to come, as I’m getting tired of watching other teams in my One Shining Moment.
Now, since we will not be featured for another year on OSM, enjoy seeing us from 1987!