There were a ton of upsets in this years NCAA mens basketball tournament. I love it. Who doesnt? But I wish they wouldnt call them Cinderella stories.
Because, lets be honest, Cinderella did little to help her cause. She was already a beauty, dressed in rags. All it took was a fairy godmother to doll her up. It was only in her beautiful gown that she was able to turn the princes head.
I have my doubts that he was that great of a catch. With Cinderella back in rags, and out of her fancy party dress, he didnt even recognize her. It took a shoe to convince him.
Sure, Cinderella was dealt a rotten hand and was probably a very nice person, but so are a lot of people. Most survive because they put in the hard work and effort to move forward. They dont rely on a man or fairy godmother to solve their problems or find success. They look within.
This situation of underdogs defeating higher-ranked teams has nothing to do with magic. Yes, the players have a coach or fairy godmother guiding them, but if they dont put in the sweat and hours of practice, if they dont believe in themselves ... then a magic wand certainly wont create an impossible victory.
Cant we instead call them Bethany stories in honor of pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, who survived and lost her left arm during a shark attack, but rallied and got back on the board?
Or maybe Dan stories, after speed skater Dan Jansen, who fell twice in the 1988 winter Olympics after learning that his sister, Jane, had died from leukemia while at the games. He didnt do well at the 1992 winter Olympics either, failing to medal. But Jansen didnt give up, and at the 1994 winter games he finally earned a gold in the 1000-meter. Jansen dedicated his medal to his late sister.
Its insulting to call them Cinderella stories.
Awe-inspiring moments that show how the human spirit can persevere and accomplish things no one thought possible shouldnt be compared to a lovely princess who did nothing more than put on a pretty dress.
Heather Gillis Harris is a reporter for the Country (Mass.) Gazette. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @heatherharrisWL.