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I still can't watch

I stumbled upon another one of those 30 for 30 films produced by ESPN. 

It aired for the first time in 2013 but for some obvious reason I never watched it. It is "Survive and Advance" the story of the 1983 North Carolina St. basketball team and it's coach, the late Jim Valvano.

Given their title game win over Houston that season I never cared to suffer through the film. However, I started to watch a couple of days ago and I was hooked. How did I not know how magical their run was? How could I not root for such an underdog? The answers are simple. I didn't care and I didn't pay attention That was my fault and how could I not have seen their unreal last second win against the Coogs as "what else did we expect?"

Valvano's team had lost 10 times by the time they stumbled into the ACC tourney. They righted the ship and upset North Carolina and Virginia to get an NCAA bid. They ended up winning 9 in a row that were either overtime games or one point wins. The cast of characters was lovable. Valvano had one bed check. He said "all the beds were there". In the NCAA'S they almost lost to Pepperdine and then UNLV.  They then beat Virginia and Ralph Sampson again.

Those of us in Houston were too busy with PHI SLAMA JAMA to notice. After the Coogs ripped up Louisville in the semi I knew it was all over, but The Wolfpack got just what they wanted. I must admit at the point of the film where that final game starts, I shut it down. I saw it in person. Can't watch it again.