It’s insane to consider the thought, but it’s quite possible Mykal Riley saved lives by making a shot in a basketball game. Yes, that’s correct, with one basket, Mykal Riley could have changed the fate of thousands of people. On Friday night in Atlanta, Alabama was trailing Mississippi State by three points at the end of the game. Riley hit a three-pointer to tie the ballgame and send it to overtime. Three minutes later, the game was delayed over an hour because of a tornado that ripped through the area. But it wasn’t until David Stein pointed it out to me at Sporting News Radio that I realized Riley’s shot altered the course of history for several fans in attendance. The situation was full of what-ifs.
What if Riley hadn’t made the shot? Would all the fans have poured out into the streets and been exposed to the powers of mother nature that tore portions of the Georgia Dome roof off? Seems like that would have been the case. After the game, Riley’s comments seemed to indicate he understood the magnitude of his literally life-altering shot: