Beautiful pain. To understand the power and significance of this phrase, we must appreciate the journey that transpired, from beginning to end. Kyle Guy’s basketball career certainly didn’t begin last March, but one can imagine that represented a sort of beginning.
For those unfamiliar with the context, Guy’s University of Virginia entered the 2018 NCAA Tournament as the #1 overall seed out of 68 teams. The #68 seed? The University of Maryland - Baltimore County Retrievers. 135 times, a 1 seed had gone up against a 16 seed. 135 times, a 1 seed had prevailed. But UMBC pulled off an upset of historic proportions -- in the argument for the greatest upset in the history of sport.
Fast forward 386 days. Guy hits 3 free throws with 0.6 seconds left to lift Virginia to an improbable national semifinal victory and then two days later scores 24 points as the Cavaliers win the school’s first ever national title.
It’s a journey that begs a powerful question for anyone pursuing mastery in their field: Would this year’s championship have happened without last year’s epic loss? While I realize this is impossible to answer, I believe there’s value in the thought experiment.Read More