Play Angry wrote:A good read, thanks for sharing.
I will admit I got teary eyed today in the office reading this one...http://www.cbssports.com/college-basket ... them-heal/
Stickboy posted it on our site and it is a great, great, great read. Please take the time.
It's a long article but very well written and captures the lives of all seven on board and the surviving wives/fiances. ISU lost some good people and great supporters that April night.
An overlying feature that stuck out to me was how important the school is to the community as a whole, something I believe is true throughout the league. An identity is created from many facets from a town, however in most Valley communities, the town and the University are one if not the first thing an outsider thinks of and the role athletics, particularly the basketball team plays in that.
Finally, even though I wasn't alive in 1977 it was still jarring to see Evansville mentioned, something I suspect if/when another air, travel disaster hits the world of sports or almost does like it did with Michigan this week, it's a tough thing to read, to have come back to your mind, even if I wasn't alive yet to experience it. Wichita State is part of that family as well, it's a family no school wants to ever be a part of and sadly Illinois State joined with this tragedy.