DeMario’s game-winning long ball gets national exposure
By Michael T. Lyle, Jr.
February 29, 2008
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — “The Immaculate Reception”, “The Drive”, “The Music City Miracle”, “The Fumble”.
These are just a few terms created to quote some of the greatest moments in sports over the years. But after what happened at Central Connecticut State on Thursday night, perhaps there’s a new term Bobcats’ hoops fans may have in the works??
How about “The Shot…err…DA Shot?” No, not the shot Michael Jordan made against the Cleveland Cavaliers in that 1989 playoff game Bulls fans made famous.
Rather, for the private school located in Hamden, and to their fans, it’s now “DA Shot!” …just ask Quinnipiac Athletic Director Jack McDonald!
It’s catchy and it does have some meaning, and perhaps DeMario Anderson’s game-clinching, buzzer-beating, half-court heave that swished through the net gave Quinnipiac some much-needed momentum headed into their regular-season finale at Wagner.
But a couple of things are certain following Thursday’s big-time highlight – DeMario and the Bobcats finally got the better of their long-time nemesis after losing the previous eight meetings with the Blue Devils, and held on to fourth-place in the thick of a tight Northeast Conference playoff race, a spot they can solidify should they knock off the second-place Seahawks Saturday night. That would give Quinnipiac home-court advantage in the opening-round of the NEC tournament next week, more than likely against Mount Saint Mary’s.
“DA Shot” also propelled the senior captain and the Quinnipiac program into the national spotlight, as the final moments of the Bobcats win were replayed throughout the night and early Friday morning on various local and national cable networks, including ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and ESPN Radio. In fact, “The Worldwide Leader’s” flagship show led off with the final seconds of Quinnipiac’s dramatic victory on the Thursday night 11 o’clock edition, followed by ESPN Radio playing the final radio call of “DA Shot” from AM 1220 WQUN during its national “SportsCenter” radio update minutes later.
A late-night show on the national radio network, “AllNight With Jason Smith”, also ran with WQUN’s final call, but with some humor mixed in.
Indeed, Thursday night was truly a historic one for the Quinnipiac University men’s basketball team, their fans and the media that’s followed them through a memorable first-year in the “Tom Moore” era.
“DA Shot” is one that Bobcats fans will talk about for quite some time, and perhaps it’s the play that gets the Bobcats motivated for a final playoff push, and more fan support as they go about doing so. Who knows? Need I mention the New York Football Giants and their improbable run towards the Super Bowl, and how it all started?
Moments like the one that occurred at CCSU’s Detrick Gym are what makes sports likeable, enjoyable, and, sometimes, unimaginable, and not for the fainthearted!
(Eds. note: Video of DeMario Anderson’s game-winner can be found here: QuinnipiacBobcats.com)