March 21, 2010 by Post Team
Ali Farokhmanesh:Just few hours after the Egyptian Kid pulled off the first upset in the 2nd round of March Madness, we get a Persian Kid leading the Northern Iowa Panthers into the tournament’s biggest upset, period. The Panthers ousted the number 1 overall seed, Kansas Jayhawks.
Ali “Long Name” Farokhmanesh led his team in scoring, including a picture-perfect three-pointer that sealed the deal, when common wisdom calls for running the clock and not take chances that could result in mistakes and turnovers. But his gutsy play earned the glory, and placed Kansas in a deeper whole than they could dig out of in 30 seconds.
Here is what I don’t understand though, what does his mom really mean by this quote?
There are 35 seconds left, 30 on the shot clock, and Farokhmanesh’s Northern Iowa team is up one. It’s a split-second decision that will rock the NCAA Tournament.
“I always want him to shoot it,” [his mom] says. “Always. His dad yells the same thing, but he’s Iranian, so you can’t always understand it.”
What is the implication being Iranian here? Is it that he’s hard-headed and never listens? Is he a ball-hogger? Does he resort to the ‘nuclear option’? You let me know if you do…
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