Matt Pulls It Off In the Last Second

January 1, 2018

So get this. Matt and I are playing NBA Jam on SNES Classic at a friend’s house.

Matt’s never played before, but I played when I was 10 and I was GOOD. He’s picking it up quickly, but we still lose two games in a row. But the second game we only lost by a couple points.

We’re tired at this point and it’s getting late, but Travis talks us into playing one final game.

So we start a third game, and we play well. By the third quarter, we pull ahead, we’re feeling good.

But in the fourth quarter the opposing team starts catching up. Tied. A few points ahead.

I’m sweating because I can taste victory. It’s right there. Matt and I are both laser-focused, we’re gonna win this game. We’ve come too far to lose now.

The other team just scored. Shit. I pass Matt the ball and start heading down the court. Matt’s still in our paint when the other team knocks the ball loose.

It doesn’t look good. But he gets it back! I’m way down the court, ready to dunk.


But he freezes. Both of the guys from the other team are on him. He starts throwing elbows. He shakes them off.


It’s at this moment that I notice there are only 5 seconds left on the clock.


But he freezes. The seconds are ticking down.

I’m freaking out. He tells me later that his controller was frozen, but I didn’t know this at the time.

He lugs the basketball (one hand, underhanded) up the court. A full 3/4 court shot.

And he’s not even a good shooter. He’s a dunker. There is no chance that shot is going to go in.

I can’t breathe.

It bounces on the rim once… then goes in right before the buzzer. Score! Three pointer!

I’m dying laughing because it’s the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen. NO WAY that should have worked, but it did.


That impossible shot won the game by one.

I’m laughing so hard I start crying. I haven’t laughed that hard since the gasoline fight accident in Zoolander, which I saw in theaters when I was 16.


Oh and then we went home, turned on Eye of the Tiger and Disturbed, and finished doing our 100 pushups for the day (we both had 40 left to do).

Happy New Year everyone. I hope 2017 was good for you, and I hope 2018 is even better.

Aaron Dowd