I'm pretty sure the phrase "did an Edinboro" means absolutely nothing to you. But my older brother Rob and I know exactly what it means.
On Feb. 16, 1987, the Gannon team that eventually advanced to the Division II championship game was locked in a classic battle at Edinboro's McComb Fieldhouse. My brother and I, along with about 4,000 other fans, were a bundle of nerves as the game came down to the final minute of regulation.
The Knights were at a disadvantage all evening. On the road in front of a frenzied crowd. Mitchell Smith was out sick. Shanghai Matthews fouled out of the game early -- and saluted some Edinboro fans with two his middle fingers before heading to the bench. Little-used Bruce Martin played extended minutes for the Knights.
I don't recall many other details about that game except with Gannon down 2 points in the closing seconds, Fighting Scot Tom Taylor secured the basketball and was fouled. That's when he became the first person who "did an Edinboro."
Taylor palmed the ball with his right hand and stretched his right arm over his head. He also extended his left arm high and raised his index finger (the one right next to what Shanghai showed everyone) and turned toward the Fighting Scot faithful. They ate it up as Taylor sauntered down the floor for his 1-and-1 free throws to put the game away.
But Taylor missed his first free throw attempt, the Knights rebounded, and fired the ball ahead to Mike MacDougall. The senior sharpshooter pulled up on the right wing and let the shot fly. It was well short. But out of nowhere came lightning fast Roland Shannonhouse to tip in the missed shot just before the buzzer.
We went crazy. The game was headed for overtime. Sparked by Shannonhouse's heroics, the Knights earned a 91-86 overtime victory, one of the greatest in the storied local rivalry.
When Rob and I see a team that celebrates too early and blows the game, one of us says "they did an Edinboro." We'll never forget that game. And neither will Tom Taylor.