While his Louisville Cardinals were driving down the court last night to score points in an up-tempo championship game, Daniel Flynn was doing a different kind of driving.
The attorney with Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, who graduated from Louisville in 1977, was at a networking event last night, with plans to watch the game there. But the event started at 7 p.m. and by the time the game came on, most of the attorneys had left for the evening. Flynn had the game on the radio during his drive home, and with Michigan ahead, he was so intent on listening that he lost track of where he was on the road.
"I missed my exit," said Flynn. "Actually there were two options, and I missed both exits. I sort of woke up and realized, uh-oh, I have to go with Plan C."
By the time he got home and in front of the TV, Louisville had made a comeback that the Cardinals eventually parlayed into an 82-76 win, crowning Flynn the 2013 NJBIZ Brackets champion.
"It feels great," Flynn said of watching the Cardinals best Michigan alum and Duane Morris attorney Paul Josephson in the title game. "I can empathize with Michigan. We've been there, but this was our year."
"I thought Louisville had a good chance, and they were generally considered the favorite, but it was certainly not in the pocket by any means," he said. "It was pretty much an open game until the closing seconds, which felt like hours."
Flynn was impressed with this year's players, both on the court and off.
"They are a great bunch of kids," he said. "They're like brothers. You could tell last night."
Though the Final Four is over, Flynn's nail-biting isn't, with the Lady Cardinals going up against UConn for the national title tonight in New Orleans.
"Louisville was favored last night, but they're not tonight," he said. "They've got a big, big challenge."
It would be a huge deal for the school to have two national basketball champions in the same year, and Flynn is hoping to catch as much of the game as he can.
Still, "I may not stay up as late," he said. "I've got to make up for last night."