Oh, man. This was good. I want more.
No. 16 seed Northern Kentucky (NKU) left it all on the court in a fantastic effort against No. 1 Houston during a 63-52 defeat in the first round of the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament, and at one point, it was looking like the Norse could pull off a major upset. That’s how good they were against the Cougars.
But the NKU players weren’t the only ones who stole America’s heart Thursday night: So did their pep band director, Will Redden, who went viral on social media after a video of him passionately directing the Norse musicians circulated online. And Lit’s 1999 hit, “My Own Worst Enemy,” made the whole thing even more fantastic.
Check out the pure glory:
Nothing but respect for Northern Kentucky’s band director pic.twitter.com/VOJdVlC4Xe
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 17, 2023
Just a kid from a small town in Pendleton County, Kentucky.. #blessed #NorseUpForever
— Will Redden (@will_redden) March 17, 2023
I, like most of America, was rooting for Northern Kentucky to pull off the upset, and for awhile there I thought they would do it. I even stayed up past my bedtime in order to watch the game before Houston ultimately pulled away for the win.
Cougars march on 💪
(1) Houston secures the victory against (16) NKU 63-52 to advance to the second round! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/Ptleg6yU5h
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 17, 2023
And that result became even more disappointing when I found out about Will Redden. Like, imagine the kind of content we could have had throughout March Madness if NKU pulled off the upset.
We would’ve gotten more gold like this — that’s what would’ve happened. (RELATED: Florida Panthers Score A Whopping Amount Of Record-Setting Goals In The 1st Period Alone)
So disappointing … just so, so disappointing.