Pat Benson: The Best Shots In History

Sunday, April 4, 2021 - by Pat Benson
Pat Benson
Pat Benson

Last night when Jalen Suggs of Gonzaga banked in a three-point buzzer-beater against my beloved Bruins, it made me think of some of the best shots of all time.

-       Kris Jenkins of Villanova defeating North Carolina in the 2017 Finals

-       Christian Laettner of Duke burying Kentucky in the 1992 Elite Eight

-       Lorenzo Charles of North Carolina State beating Houston in the 1983 Finals

-       Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale winning the Women’s 2018 Finals against Mississippi State

But all those shots pale in comparison to the shot we are all now eligible to take. Actually, three shots. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. I’m not an epidemiologist; in fact, I had to get creative to pass my science classes throughout high school and college. Bill Nye, I am not.

Even though I don’t understand why Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, I have enough wisdom to listen to scientific experts on certain things. They can break down complex issues for me like “lethal viruses bad, vaccines good.”

You know what else would be good? Getting back to normal life. Ball games, restaurants, and most importantly saving lives, from preventable deaths. I got my second dose of the vaccine last Monday, and despite the sudden urge to buy Microsoft products, I feel fine.

There are plenty of available appointments on the Hamilton County Health Department website where you can sign up for your shot(s). If that doesn’t work for you, try vaccinefinder.org. Now is your chance to do something heroic, roll up your sleeve and help bank-shot this awful virus out of lives.

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Pat Benson is the author of 'Kobe Bryant's Sneaker History (1996-2020)' which was named a #1 New Release on Amazon. He has covered the NBA for Forbes.com and interviewed some of the biggest personalities in the sport. Tweet him @Pat_Benson_Jr.


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