As a sarcastic, skeptical dead-inside SOB, I never like listening to speeches. Speechifyiung, to me, is a lot of overblown hot air, masquerading as "true feelings."
And then there is Jimmy Valvano.
In honor of Jimmy V. Week at ESPN, I'd like to link to one of the best speeches I've ever heard by anyone, anywhere. To those of you who have never heard this, you are in for a treat. To those who have, I defy you not to listen to it again and not choke up.
Without further delay, Jimmy Valvano.