I just finished watching the Florida Gators completely dominate UCLA to win the NCAA men's basketball national title. It was by far the best basketball game I've ever watched. It wasn't so much that it was a flawless game, or that there was any particular standout player, or notable pyrotechnics, so much as it was an extraordinary team effort from a bunch of guys who have skills that fit well together. Taurean Green handles the ball like few others, Corey Brewer is everywhere and always on the ball, Joachim Noah is the CHAMPEEN shot-blocker (7 blocks tonight, a championship record)...outstanding efforts also came from Al Horford and Lee Humphrey.
I know next to nothing about basketball, despite having grown up Hoosier, but the Gators were a great team tonight. I remember well watching games at my high school and college and witnessing the team crumble and re-form as possession of the game changed hands; this was nothing like that. It's not that it was a flawless game, it's more that when mistakes were made, they were acknowledged and then they proceeded to attack the game again with the confidence of victors.
Congratulations, Gators. And thanks; I doubt I'll ever see a better game of basketball. Looks as if ESPN agrees; UCLA was way overmatched.