Oh, what a difference a year makes. Last year, the University of North Carolina was on the receiving end of a devastating, buzzer-beating three-pointer that had it losing the national championship game to Villanova in heartbreaking fashion. The Tar Heels' most famous alumnus, Michael Jordan, watching the game live and instantly getting his own MJ crying meme treatment only made the loss that much more painful to stomach.
Well, the Tar Heels did their part, clawing their way back to the national title game and this time they didn't disappoint, pulling out a 71-65 victory over Gonzaga last night for their sixth championship. (Ironically, Kris Jenkins, the Villanova player who hit the three-pointer to defeat UNC last year, was sitting behind the Tar Heels' bench, as he's the adopted brother of North Carolina guard Nate Britt).
Here's a bunch of reactions to UNC getting the MJ crying meme up off them. Sorry, Gonzaga, but you have to hold the L this year. Salute, champs!
When your most famous player is basketball's GOAT, you can do things like this. No crying meme for UNC this year.
When last year's pain turns into a champagne celebration.
UNC's coach is styling and profiling like he's Ric Flair. Woooo!
It's only right.
Too cool for school.
Damn, someone had to get this treatment.
When life hits you fast.
Yet another reason why the internet remains undefeated.
No chill whatsoever.
Yes, MJ's-then Chicago Bulls defeated John Stockton's-then Utah Jazz in back-to-back NBA Finals in 1997-98.
We're dead. Real tears over here.
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