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57. Butler's heartbreak

Basketball, being an essentially geometric game, can play tricks on your perception. If you look at a shot taken from a certain spot on the court at the right angle just to the side, you can be certain a shot that is destined to miss will in fact go in. So it was where I was sitting for Gordon Hayward's ill-fated 60-foot heave against Duke in the 2010 national championship: From my angle, it looked good. It caromed off the backboard and hit the front rim and fell away. It was not good, and whatever highly paid screenwriter authored Butler's storybook run decided to settle on the sad ending.
-- Eamonn Brennan