Sports can make even the hardcore fan a little jaded at times with lockouts (NHL), scandals (Lance Armstrong) and controversies (Manti Te'o).
Every once in a while, though, along comes a heartwarming moment of purity that serves as a reminder about the real meaning of the games.
One of those special scenes played out late Wednesday afternoon in a middle-school gym in Rochester Hills, Mich., when a 13-year-old boy born with Down Syndrome got to live his basketball dream.
With about two minutes remaining in the first half of an eighth-grade game between Van Hoosen Middle School and an opponent from the nearby city of Troy, Owen Groesser walked to the scorer's table to check in.
The students from Van Hoosen immediately started to cheer and chant his name while holding up signs they'd made for him.
"Let's go Owen... Let's go Owen ... Let's go Owen."
Shortly after Groesser took the floor, his coach and teammates called for "The Owen," a play designed just for him.
A pick was set t...