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The Jimmy V speech

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by tapintoamerica, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Couple of things came to mind as I watched it tonight:
    1) Amazing energy throughout a 15-minute speech from a man who would be dead in a matter of a few months.
    2) Joe Theismann doing his best to get into view of the cameras to help Valvano back to his seat when Vitale and Krzyzewski were clearly capable of doing the job themselves.
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah, we're all crying here.
    Hell of a speech.
    Go read Gary Smith's story on Valvano as he was running out of time.
  3. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    It always reminds me how sullen the campus was the day Jim Valvano did actually die. Dark, dark, dark ...
  4. PopeDirkBenedict

    PopeDirkBenedict Active Member

    Re: The Jimmy V speech

    My goosebumps get chills whenever I see that speech.
  5. I'd like to know another speech so brilliantly conveyed in the face of death.
  6. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    You have a link to that story?
  7. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Watched the snippet before WVU-Davidson and it was tough to hold back tears.
  8. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    I met Valvano on a Caribbean cruise that my mom and I took in 1990. The guy couldn't have been more personable to me or her and would talk your ear off.

    By sheer coincidence, he and his family (mother included) wound up taking the same beach tour that we did. We were bused from the dock to a remote beach to spend the day slapping around in the sun, then bused back.

    Our bus driver in on the return trip was a bit of a character. He said over the intercom system that there wasn't enough love in the world and, on the count of three, he wanted everyone to look at the person next to them and say, "I care about you." A couple of seconds after the three count and the sentiments were shared, Valvano's voice boomed, "I don't even KNOW this guy!" The entire bus lost it.

    Valvano gave me his address and said toss him a letter sometime. I did and I guess I had a celebrity pen pal for about a year and a half. He always wrote back, on his own stationary, in his own handwriting. We planned on taking another cruise the following summer (I swear my mother was slinging crack in the 1990s) but plans changed when she got wind that the high school I attended was sponsoring a 10 day trip to the Soviet Union in 1991.

    Being a brat, irresponsible kid, I sent Valvano a letter, thinking, Here's a guy that's been on a fucking cruise. He'll get where I'm coming from. "Can you believe this person wants me to go to friggin Russia?" Two weeks later I received a reply. "Take the Russia trip. It's something you'll never forget." With each passing year that statement gets more accurate.

    I believe it was summer, 1992 that ESPN broke the story that he had cancer. Well shit, people get cancer all the time and come out fine (ahh, the joys of being 15). Either way, I sent another letter down. Again I received a reply in about two weeks. Although the writing was funny on the envelope this time. It was from one of his daughters, who thanked more for my sentiments for her father, but said he was being overwhelmed with cards of support and wasn't able to answer them all personally.

    A few months later Valvano was dead, and it's been the only time I've been choked up over celebrity passing away. I still have those letters in a place of safe keeping. Pretty sure I want them buried with me. What the hell, anyone going through my stuff after I'm gone would never understand the significance.
  9. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Do you still have those letters? You should write a story about it.
  10. PopeDirkBenedict

    PopeDirkBenedict Active Member

    Re: The Jimmy V speech

    That's a great story BYM
  11. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    I have two of them back home. I wish to God I still had the one his daughter sent. But being a moron teenager I probably thought, "She's not famous. Who cares?" and tossed the Goddam thing.
  12. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    Go to YouTube and type in "Randy Pausch."

    Absolutely brilliant, courageous, etc. Just like Valvano.
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