Origins of 'One Shining Moment'


David Barrett's inspiration for the song that has since become the anthem for the NCAA tournament was a beautiful waitress, a clumsy pick-up attempt and the dominance of Larry Bird in his prime.

A few minutes after he'd performed at the Varsity Inn in East Lansing, Mich., in spring 1986, Barrett ordered a beer when the most attractive waitress in the now-defunct bar sat down on the stool beside him. Barrett, then 31, was so nervous that the only subject the soft-spoken folk singer could think to talk about with her were the Boston Celtics highlights airing on TV at the bar, a poor attempt at making conversation that predictably went nowhere.

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Louisville Aims to Shock Kentucky

March 29, 2012

Mission Impossible. Can’t be done. Kentucky cannot be beaten – not by anyone in this Final Four, and certainly not by Louisville. That is the conventional wisdom, and it’s a well-attended convention. The... more »