If you missed Sunday’s Elite Eight thriller between Syracuse and Virginia, you don’t deserve sports.
The Orange finished on a 25-4 run to stun the Cavaliers in the final minutes, riding high with the clutch shooting of freshman guard Malachi Richardson, who led all scorers with 23 points.
Thursday through Sunday was a pretty lame stack of games, with mostly blowouts in the Sweet 16 and just a pair of solid games in the Elite Eight. But Syracuse finally gave us something to root for and nobody was more excited than play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan.
As the final seconds ticked off, Harlan delivered a preplanned line to convey the excitement of Syracuse’s comeback, while capturing that Easter spirit.
“Syracuse came back from the dead on Easter Sunday.”
Kevin Harlan’s final call: "Back from the dead on Easter Sunday" pic.twitter.com/RQ5akmGzDS
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) March 28, 2016
I can just imagine Kevin thinking with two minutes left, “I have a great line if Syracuse completes this comeback. It’s so clever!”
Little did he know the Twitter outrage machine would send out the tanks.
Did he just say "back from the dead on Easter Sunday?" Wow.
— Michael Kay (@RealMichaelKay) March 28, 2016
If I were Kevin Harlan, I'd be getting my apology ready. Quick.
— Mike Vaccaro (@MikeVacc) March 28, 2016
Kevin Harlan "Jim Boeheim and Syracuse back from the dead on Easter Sunday". Wow, a bit offensive for my taste.
— Tom Frederick (@tfredmuggs) March 28, 2016
"Back from the dead on Easter Sunday" ranks really high on my sacrilege-in-sports meter
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) March 28, 2016
I'm MAD about Kevin Harlan saying "back from the dead" on Easter. I'm also mad about Beyonce's Super Bowl outfit and don't vaccinate my kid.
— Davides of Marchzo (@davelozo) March 28, 2016
Okay, those last two are sarcastic.
You have to be very careful these days. Personally, my first thought was that it was nice for Harlan to educate the folks a little bit because most people have no idea what Easter is even about. Maybe next time just go with a rabbit reference.
“Syracuse will hop its way to the Final Four.”
Nevermind, that’s stupid.