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The craptacular, early version of "One Shining Moment"

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The year is 1983, college basketball is peaking and March Madness had just begun taking off as the best sporting event in the country.  CBS began broadcasting the tournament the year before and much like the tournament itself the network was still honing its style. 


There was no Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg combo.  The #1 broadcast team was Gary Bender and Billy Packer.  And CBS didn't call it "The Road To The Final Four", instead it was "The Road To Albuquerque."  But one staple of CBS's NCAA Tournament coverage was in place: the montage of highlights to close out the championship broadcast. 


Everyone knows now that CBS uses the song "One Shining Moment" underneath the montage but that song didn't exist until 1987.  Somebody (who we can only assume got caught between the moon and New York City) decided that nothing screams March Madness more than Christopher Cross.  So click here, scroll ahead to 41:00 (unless you really want to watch the entire second half of NC State-Houston), and watch a younger Brent Musburger introduce a montage of highlights and lowlights set to the awesomely bad sounds of Christopher Cross.

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