Wonder how underdog Davidson was able to slay Goliath Georgetown for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen? Was it Stephen Curry’s 25 points in the 2nd half? Was it the Wildcats’ D clamping down and causing the Hoyas to committ 20 turnovers?
Could be. And it could also be a little good luck song the SoCon school’s fans has been singing this season, borrowed from the playlist of a certain baseball team in Massachusetts.
As the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER observed:
As the final seconds ticked down, the baby-faced Curry jumped at midcourt, did a chest bump with Richards and was mobbed by the rest of his teammates.
Then, the team gathered in front of the band and sang Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” which had become the theme song during Davidson’s memorable season.
Yes, the same sappy tune sung by the Fenway Park faithful during Red Sox games. Exhibit A:
And here’s Exhibit B - the Davidson fans caroling along to “Caroline” during the Wildcats’ first-round win over Gonzaga:
The Diamond-penned melody may just be bringing the same fortune to Davidson as it did to Boston. The Red Sox began officially playing the song at home games in 2002. After an 86-year World Series drought, the Sawx now have two championships in the past four years.
And since the Wildcats adopted the tune this year, they’ve won two NCAA Tournament games this season, after suffering a 39-year drought of even one post-season victory.
Even more coincidental - both teams wear red! (At least in the home uniform lettering.)
And who’s the real winner in all this? Mr. Diamond, who’s bound to make some more money - from iTunes sales to North Carolina customers, to royalties from CBS who’ll start playing his tune if Davidson continues its remarkable run.
Maybe Davidson boosters should try to get Neil to Detroit next weekend for the Wildcats’ showdown against Wisconsin - just for a little extra luck.