The headline is simple. There’s no better way to describe it. Michigan’s student-manager-turned-walk-on freshman C.J. Baird put an exclamation point on the Wolverines’ blowout Sweet Sixteen victory over Texas A&M with a deep 3-pointer. And it was amazing.
The game was over. Michigan might have dribbled in circles for three minutes until the shot clock buzzed – it would’ve still won in dominant fashion.
The starters were out. The second-team was out. I’m pretty sure the third team was, too. Nonetheless, the lineup of kids no one knew much about absolutely erupted the country, from Ann Arbor to Los Angeles especially.
All with a shot.
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) March 23, 2018
How can you leave C.J. Baird that open?!
The easy-to-love story following the shot is what’s garnered the local attention of Baird’s friends and former classmates at Detroit Catholic Central.
— Anthony Paul (@ANTOGURIZZ) March 23, 2018
So many in-home reaction videos, you’d think it was a buzzer-beater. Nope, just a heat check to go up 27.
— DCC Student Office (@CCStudentOffice) March 23, 2018
Beyond the locals, the nation took notice to Baird’s story and his shot.
Shoutout to you CJ Baird from Michigan. Started as a manager, walked on, hit a 3 in the Sweet Sixteen and dribbled the clock out. That was dope. Go after your dreams folks.
— Steve Jones Jr. (@stevejones20) March 23, 2018
Even ‘Johnny Football’ Manziel – a Texas A&M alum that was at the game – tilted his cap to the walk-on sensation.
Cash money ????????????????
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) March 23, 2018
But there’s one thing about that walk-on, C.J. Baird, hitting that shot that made it special.
— CJ Baird (@baird_cj) March 23, 2018
#PutCJIn should surface on Twitter at some point during Michigan’s Elite Eight matchup against Florida State on Saturday.
Let the fun continue.
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