A funny thing happened during my Tiger book signing Saturday. Everybody wanted to talk Michigan basketball.
I was at the West Bloomfield Barnes and Nobles Saturday afternoon signing my book 100 Things Tiger Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die and met a number of people. More than half of them wore the block M and they were giddy about the Wolverines improbable win over Kansas the night before. Most had given up on their team for dead when Michigan fell behind by 15 points late in the game. But they sure were happy when the rally resulted in an overtime victory.
I heard some great stories that involved hugs, kisses and toasts.
“I was totally surprised that they won,” one woman told me. “I kept praying but I did not think they would be answered. But they were.”
Michigan’s comeback was one of the best in NCAA tournament history. The 27-foot Trey Burke three-point shot was one of the most dramatic in Michigan basketball history. If he took that shot 100 times he’d probably miss it 85 times. But he hit it at the right time. Once he hit that shot the game became the Texas Trey Burke Massacre. It was fun to see.
The people I met in real life were better than the ones on twitter. Through out much of the game they were killing Trey Burke and John Belein. Then after the game they praised both men and attacked me for saying Kansas would win. Twitter is a strange world. But I love it.
As I signed my Tigers book I barely talked Tigers. It was Wolverines all the way. Michigan has not captivated this town like the Tigers or Pistons on a championship roll. But that could all change. Check back with me after the Florida game.