By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.com — It’s a tradition that dates back 35 years but almost didn’t come to be.
“One Shining Moment” was written by David Barrett, Barrett wrote the song in March of 1986.
After writing the song in March of 1986 David Barrett, a singer-songwriter from Ann Arbor, MI. recorded a demo of and sent the tape to a friend that worked at Sports Illustrated. Barrett’s friend then brought the demo to CBS, where an executive from CBS Sports fell in love with the song and received Barrett’s clearance to play it at the conclusion of Super Bowl 21 in 1987.
As Super Bowl 21 ran over airtime, the song was not played, prompting CBS to again ask Barrett for clearance to play “One Shining Moment” at the conclusion of the 1987 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Game.
The first-ever “One Shining Moment” montage featured highlights from the tournament and concluded with highlights of Indiana’s national championship win, resulting in overwhelmingly positive feedback.
From there, it became an annual tradition.
We’ll share our thoughts in this year’s NCAA Championship Game in tomorrow’s Coffee Club.