Mike Jensen: The greatest play in St. Joe’s history helped inspire the term ‘March Madness’ 40 years ago

PHILADELPHIA — Thinking about roads not taken, doors in your life that won’t open if not for a specific instance of luck. Maybe a wife you never meet, children never born … it can be breathtaking. John Smith has a sports version of that. If one man doesn’t walk in off Market Street to watch a basketball game between a local two-year college and Drexel’s junior varsity, then the greatest play in St. Joseph’s University basketball history can’t happen. No Fourth and Shunk layup? “If Frank Blatcher doesn’t walk in that door, you and I are not having this conversation,” Smith said over the phone f…

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