Monday, February 28, 2011

Today is a dreadful day. Today is a sad day. Today is a bittersweet day. Today is an exciting day. Today is a happy day. Today is a great day.

Today is HER day.

It might not be the last time we see her play, it might not be the last time she plays on the court at Gampel, it might not be the last time she hits an amazing shot in front of 10,000 plus screaming UConn fans, it might not be the last time she high-fives her teammates after a win, but that does not mean that this extraordinary, young woman and phenomenal basketball player, should not be the center of attention of the entire basketball world, tonight, this her Senior Night!!

Her talents defy explanation, her attributes defy reasoning, her character and qualities defy questioning - she is by far - the most spectular person to don a Connecticut Huskies uniform. She may not have the vocal leadership of Sue Bird or the killer instinct of Diana Taurasi or the dominating, physical presence of Tina Charles or the emotional energy of Shea Ralph or the bad assness of Jennifer Rizzotti, but instead she has a piece of all of them. And that, my fellow readers & UConn fans alike, is exactly what makes her the best player in the history of the UConn program - men's or women's.

It's not the amount of points or the tons of clutch shots in big games or the numerous individual awards or the record number of wins that makes her the best, it is how she carried herself as a daughter, teammate, friend, student, and woman through all of it. She makes the game seem so effortless, yet at the same time shows it great dignity with all the hard work and dedication she puts into it. More players will come (some even just as talented) and more players will go, but none will ever match the legacy she leaves behind. She is a legend.

She makes me proud to call myself a UConn women's basketball fan, a UConn alumni, a former UConn cheerleader,  and even more amazingly, a former Connecticut resident!!! I am in awe of this woman and athlete. She will be with out a single doubt in my mind be the #1 draft pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft this coming April and a member of the U.S. Senior National Team in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. And she will no doubt go on to accomplish bigger and greater things will a member of the Minnesota Lynx and USA squad. Some day, we will mostly likely even hear her name being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

But no matter what she goes on to accomplish, she will always and forever be a UConn Husky. Tied at the very top with Dee as my favorite Husky.

She IS Magnificant.
She IS Amazing.
She IS Youthful.
She IS Awesome.

She IS a UConn Legend.

She IS Maya. Maya Moore.

UConn All-Everything Sr. Maya Moore!

Thank You, Maya for an outstanding, exiciting, and delightful four years!!

Tonight is not goodbye and farewell, but rather good luck and best wishes on your bright future as well as  many, many thanks for everything you have done for our team, program, school, and state!!!

We will never forget you!!!!

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