Last night, the Midwest Regional FInal took place as the Lousiville Cardinals and Duke Blue Devils came to a head in an intense game to say the very least. It was not just intense in the game play that occurred last night, but even more so in an emotional manner. As Cardinals' guard, Kevin Ware came down, he landed on his leg on an awkward manner, and as he fell down, it was evident that something shocking just happened.A description
of this injury was given by medical correspondent Dr. LaPook. What viewers at home, those in attendance, fellow teammates, players, and coaches saw was almost too terrifying to put into words. What they saw was Kevin Ware's leg bone sticking 6 inches out from his leg. it is safe to say that many if not all of us would not know that unimaginable pain Ware must have been going through. A video
on what happened can be seen on ESPN's website.
For a moment, the crowd had gone silent in simple awe of what just transpired, and the players started to pour out onto the court searching for an answer on what just happened. Players from both the Lousiville Cardinals as well as the Duke Blue Devils could not help but express their concern over a fellow player who fell down with no signs of getting up anytime soon. No, Ware did not just lay on the ground screaming in pain or cry; instead, he encouraged his teammates in a reassuring manner.
"I'll be fine, win the game, win the game."
After Ware was taken away to a nearby hospital where he would have surgery
this to repair his leg; ABC news covers; his team would rally together and go on an incredible run that led to their victory over the Duke Blue Devils, as well as clinching the Regional FInals victory, and the trophy that followed. After the game, the team could not help it but express their emotional victory in tears as they had just won the Regional Finals, and they did so for their teammate. As Ware knew of the news that his team had just won the game,
"It was worth it,"
Ware said as he started to tear up. Hours after Ware's surgery, his coach, RIck Pitino showed up beside his hospital bed with the trophy in hand.
"We didn't cut down the net, but I left him the trophy."
Throughout this whole ordeal, Ware has remained the optimist, and this optimism has driven his team to a monumental win, and hopefully; it will propel him to a speedy recovery and come back home to a championship team.