Daily Distraction: Relive the Richmond Spiders' glorious 2004 victory over Kansas

The Spiders will take on Iowa today in the first round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Mar 12, 2022; Washington, D.C., USA; Richmond Spiders head coach Chris Mooney (R) celebrates on the bench in the final seconds against the Dayton Flyers in the second half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The pessimistic part of me thinks that by the time you read this, the Richmond Spiders will have already lost to Iowa in the first round of NCAA March Madness men's basketball games. (The game airs at 3:10 p.m. today.) 

But the Ted Lasso part of me believes that anything is possible for my alma mater. In fact, a very long time ago (2004), when I was about to graduate from the University of Richmond with a journalism major, ready to make my mark on this booming industry, Tony Dobbins and Mike Skrocki led the unranked Spiders to a 69-68 victory over No. 12 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.

I remember everyone running outside screaming, banging on pots and pans. It could be that an adult beverage or two were also consumed. 

Relive the glorious moment below (the game-winning shot occurs around the 4-minute mark), and wish the Spiders luck today.