• One Shining Moment

That. Damn. Song. – March Madness 2017

That. Damn. Song.

In pure NCAA tradition there is this one song they always use for the official recap video. Sung by Luther Vandross “One Shining Moment” has been the official March Madness anthem for many many years now and once you have seen the video, watching basketball in slow motion may never be the same again. While March Madness is just starting in the next couple of days there are some of us who can’t wait for it to be over just so that we can see the 2017 version.

Even though college basketball fans are among the most fanatic in the world and rooting for their team about a million times harder as “normal” NBA fans do, after the game everyone puts away their differences, shuts up and watches the three minute montage that makes the annual “One shining moment” video.

The song itself is as corny and 80s as it gets, but once you see it put together with the often times brilliant editing of March Madness highlights it will never leave your head again. And if you find yourself shedding a tear or two that is totally okay, too. After all some of these players are playing the last games of their college careers. Some of these players might never touch a ball again. And they know it when the final buzzer sounds, you can see it in their faces. If that does not move you, you don’t have a (basketball) heart. Of course there are also some, that move on to play in the NBA which makes watching old “One Shining Moment” montages so special. You are essentially going back in time seeing Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose & Russell Westbrook and dozens of others at the very beginning of their careers.

And now, enjoy all the “One Shining Moment” videos we collected for you here and remember it’s okay to cry…

One Shining Moment 2017
Champion: North Carolina

One Shining Moment 2016
Champion: Villanova

One Shining Moment 2015
Champion: Duke

One Shining Moment 2014
Champion: Connecticut

One Shining Moment 2013
Champion: Louisville

One Shining Moment 2012
Champion: Kentucky

One Shining Moment 2011
Champion: Connecticut

One Shining Moment 2010

Champion: Duke

One Shining Moment 2009
Champion: North Carolina

One Shining Moment 2008
Champion: Kansas

One Shining Moment 2007
Champion: Florida

One Shining Moment 2006
Champion: Florida

One Shining Moment 2005
Champion: North Carolina

One Shining Moment 2004
Champion: Connecticut

One Shining Moment 2003
Champion: Syracuse

One Shining Moment 2002
Champion: Maryland

One Shining Moment 2001
Champion: Duke

One Shining Moment 2000
Champion: Michigan State

One Shining Moment 1999
Champion: Connecticut

One Shining Moment 1998
Champion: Kentucky

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One Shining Moment

Composed by David Barrett
Performed by Luther Vandross

The ball is tipped
And there you are
You’re running for your life
You’re a shooting star
And all the years
No one knows
Just how hard you worked
But now it shows…
In one shining moment, it’s all on the line
In one shining moment, there frozen in time

But time is short
And the road is long
In the blinking of an eye
That moment’s gone
And when it’s done
Win or lose
You always did your best
Cuz inside you knew…
That in one shining moment you reached deep inside
One shining moment, you knew you were alive

Feel the beat of your heart
Feel the wind in your face
It’s more than a contest
It’s more than a race…

And when it’s done
Win or lose
You always did your best
Cuz inside you knew…
In one shining moment, you reached for the sky
In one shining moment, you knew
In one shining moment, you were willing to try
In one shining moment, you knew
One shining moment

By the way, Charles Barkley’s version is NOT how it’s supposed to sound like

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