Reflecting on GMU’s Shiniest Moment
The Fairfax Times just posted a solid retrospective on the 2006 run to the Final Four.Â Perfect timing as we sit refreshing news sources and the MasonHoops.com message boards for news out of the Athletic Department.Â Among the reflections and quotes were the usual ones, but there were a few that stood out illustrating just how long it’s been since those memories were forged and how much it does still mean to the students.
The Final Four remains a touchstone for George Mason University, but it is literally half a lifetime away from current freshman students.
One group of freshmen and sophomores sat in green-and-gold shirts taking in the game. They all had been in fourth or fifth grade for the 2006 NCAA tournament. Some had vague recollections of the Patriotsâ€™ improbable success, others none at all.
This yearâ€™s menâ€™s basketball team lost 67-51 to George Washington in its home finale, then a week later lost to Fordham in the Atlantic 10 tournament to end its season 9-22 overall.
Even among the students at the final home game, though, students who could barely remember when the Patriots enchanted the country in 2006, the Final Four magic remained.
â€śThe Final Four gave us a sense of pride,â€ť said Kailee Tanner, a freshman from Connecticut. â€śI just got here and I still feel it.â€ť
Yousef Mouchkelly, a sophomore from Loudoun County, agreed: â€śThe Final Four kind of woke people up – students and the whole country – to what George Mason could do.â€ť