College sports are silly and wonderful from the celebrations to the upsets to the team that sang "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" so frequently and loudly and online-ly that Shania Twain herself has become a fan.
I can't believe I didn't make any of that up. It's all true.
Please join the rest of society in falling in love with the Washington State Cougars:
Here is the Cougars' best player, Chanisse Leger-Walker, inviting "Auntie" Shania Twain to come watch their Pac-12 championship game and perform.
Unfortunately, Shania could not come to the game (she's in Switzerland), but she did give her support.
And ... it worked!?!?!
With a 19-10 record, the Cougars' place in the main tournament was in question prior to the start of the Pac-12 one. They'd won two games against ranked opponents (UCLA and Oregon), but had a pretty middling season overall; probably good enough to get in the tourney, but not as a very high seed.
Then the Shania Twain era began.
The Cougars upset three teams (No. 3 Utah, No. 20 Colorado & No. 19 UCLA) in a row as the No. 7 seed in the Pac-12 tournament to win the whole dang thing and earn an automatic bid to the big dance.
It was the first time in program history that a women's sports team won a championship in the Pac-12!
IT'S NOT HOW YOU START. IT'S HOW YOU FINISH!
Selection Sunday is on March 12. Let's see where our Shania Twain-loving Cougs are placed.