Tennessee alum Candace Parker was all Volunteers fans watching Loyola-Chicago crush their dreams of a Sweet 16 appearance.
For the second time in three days, Loyola-Chicago ripped the heart out of a higher-seeded basketball with a last-second shot to win in the NCAA Tournament. They’re the Cinderella story of this year’s March Madness extravaganza.
Tennessee fought their way back into the game and took a late lead against Loyola-Chicago and it looked like they were going to avoid an opening weekend exit from the tournament. Then Clayton Custer threw up a hail mary of a shot with three seconds left that hit the front of the rim, then the backboard and then went in.
It was nothing short of miraculous and perhaps divine intervention. It was soul crushing for Tennessee fans who were already singing Rocky Top in their heads.
And someone was on hand to film Tennessee alum Candace Parker’s reaction, as she was on set for tournament coverage as an analyst.
The advent of social media has brought about wonderful and awful things, but capturing the agony of fans in defeat and the jubilation of others in triumph is one of the best aspects of this new smartphone era. It really adds a larger, human picture to sporting events.
One can’t help put picture many Tennessee fans reacting just like Parker.
And Parker took it in stride with a positive response on Twitter, even adding a #SisterJeanGotUs #ButSheWonMeOver pair of hashtags.
Vols fans shouldn’t be disappointed, I mean, they have God on their side after all.