Birth of a hoops meme: The Jacksonville stool tumble

Yes, the NCAA basketball tournament has arrived in Jacksonville. It’s going to leave behind memories of thrilling finishes, quality college basketball, and at least one stunning upset. And then… there’s a meme. As converged communicators in classes like DIG3286 (Assembling Digital Media) know, memes can spread fast – very fast. When Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter drained a game-winning three-point shot to oust heavily favored Baylor on the Veterans Memorial Arena court Thursday, he sent his father, Panthers head coach Ron Hunter, somewhere beyond the edge of his seat. The elder Hunter, confined to a stool after injuring his Achilles tendon celebrating Georgia State’s victory in the conference tournament, tumbled to the hardwood floor in full view of millions watching on TNT and online. Long after the games have left Jacksonville, this contest will live on in the minds of a huge audience.

As Sports Illustrated noted, Ron Hunter’s wild ride immediately caught the attention of the online world. SI’s Will Green compiled a few of the most humorous memes from the event. It wasn’t entirely a laughing matter for the Panthers’ coach, who aggravated his earlier injury in the fall. But at least he can claim a spot alongside 31 other elite college basketball programs in the third round of the national championship tournament.

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