It was all over. Seriously. It was done. Once CBS’s Seth Davis sends out the Sharpie tweet it’s officially all she wrote and you can book your ticket for the next round.
Northern Iowa. Sharpie.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 21, 2016
And who can blame him? Northern Iowa had a 69-57 lead with 38 seconds to go. Nobody can blow that lead, right? At least, nobody had before in the history of college basketball.
ICYMI, Texas A&M's rally from 12 down w/less than 1:00 to play is the largest last-minute deficit overcome to win in college hoops history.
— David Worlock (@DavidWorlock) March 21, 2016
Somehow the Panthers did find a way to blow it thanks to a complete inability to inbound the basketball. A&M forced 4 turnovers in the final 30 seconds and ended the game on a 14-2 run to tie the game 71-71 and force overtime. Amazingly, UNI collected their sanity to make it into a second overtime, but the Aggies eventually emerged triumphant with a 92-88 victory.
This is why they play the games in real life and not on Twitter. Because it wasn’t just Seth Davis that was guilty of some premature tweeting, plenty of other media members were way too quick to call the game over. Getting jinxed is bad enough. But getting jinxed by Skip Bayless and others? Yikes.
As always, these are Real Tweets from Real People….
Down goes my longshot Final Four pick – and President Obama's. Down goes A&M. Northern Iowa is so much better than I thought. March Badness.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) March 21, 2016
Northern Iowa advances to face Oklahoma in Anaheim. Texas A&M was a popular pick for Final Four. SEC with 0 teams in Sweet 16.
— NBADraft.net (@nbadraftnet) March 21, 2016
Northern Iowa's magic moves on to the Sweet 16 for 2nd time. This is a really good team. Keep in mind, UNI beat UNC this year.
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) March 21, 2016
— Clark Kellogg (@ClarkKelloggCBS) March 21, 2016
So Ben Jacobsen has beaten Kansas, Texas and Texas A&M to get to his two Sweet 16s. This makes him @DanBeebe’s favorite person alive.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 21, 2016
The SEC is done. Texas A&M soils itself vs Northern Iowa. Danuel House, great season for the Aggies … 0-9 FG in his final college game
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) March 21, 2016
You would think that you would never take any sporting outcome for granted, especially when it comes to March Madness. Why some people are so willing to call games early is beyond me. Maybe Billy Packer has inspired an entire generation of sports media when he infamously called a game over after just 13 minutes.