Kevin Harlan Said Syracuse ‘Came Back From the Dead’ on Easter and Twitter Had Another Freakout

Bradley Whitaker
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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.”

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.

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.