Season Of The O'Quinn

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There are different types of raw emotion, although they are all emotions that have not been prepared in quite the way we're used to. There's a lot of happiness in Norfolk State's Kyle O'Quinn's brief, awesome and awesomely overwhelmed interview with Craig Sager after his team's upset of Missouri on Friday evening, which is not surprising seeing as (if you're just joining) O'Quinn's team just beat the third-ranked team in the country. But there are also some ingredients that aren't quite what you'd expect, including a giddy gratefulness that, of me, is the greater part of what makes it great. The video is courtesy of our friends at Sportsgrid.

Charles Barkley, who is never wrong unless he is asked to host Saturday Night Live, said on TNT that anyone who didn't enjoy O'Quinn's interview doesn't enjoy sports, which seems true enough but also seems to overly sportsify the heady happiness of the interview—I could've given the same interview myself, for instance, on my wedding day. It's the performance that makes it great.

And the performance—the unusual and compelling combination of extreme emotion and gonzo authenticity—that makes the interview so great is also what makes it so O'Quinn-ian. I've not yet been able to figure out exactly how Kyle and Terry O'Quinn are related, but it seems safe to say that this (widely) extended family really knows how to do drama. Although it does help somewhat when the O'Quinn in question has Donald Westlake writing the dialogue.

It's St. Patrick's Day. Just let the O'Quinns do what they do so well, and avoid the parade.

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