- Villanova beat basketball legend Michael Jordan's alma mater on Monday night in the NCAA March Madness championship game
- The Internet waited at the ready to unleash the crying Michael Jordan meme
- The meme was born from Jordan's 2009 basketball's hall of fame induction when he gave a tear-stained speech
- Years later, when the Internet got a hold of it, the image went viral
- On Monday night a massive amount of crying Jordan memes inundated Twitter
By Kalhan Rosenblatt For Dailymail.com
Published: 05:59 GMT, 5 April 2016 | Updated: 08:40 GMT, 5 April 2016
Twitter users waited on baited breath to see who would be victorious in the NCAA March Madness championship game between Villanova and University of North Carolina on Monday night.
Not to see who would walk away on top - but so they could unleash crying Micheal Jordan memes.
On Monday night Jordan, who was at the game in Houston, Texas, watched his alma mater come up short in a buzzer beater win by Villanova, 77-74.
Within seconds, Twitter was having a field day posting the infamous Michael Jordan crying meme.
The crying Michael Jordan meme had a slam dunk night after the basketball star's alma mater University of North Carolina lost to Villanova in the NCAA championship game
Twitter users were prepared to unleash the hilarious memes on to the Internet if UNC failed to claim the title
No one is safe: Within seconds of UNC's buzzer beater loss to Villanova, 77-74, the memes began appearing
Nike desp-Air Jordan: Even Jordan's shirt, bearing the Air Jordan logo, wasn't safe from becoming a crying Jordan
The meme (left) was born from a snapshot taken during Jordan's 2009 basketball's hall of fame induction speech, which went viral a few years later. Jordan had a few moments of happiness before his team lost on Monday (right)
The meme was born from Jordan's 2009 basketball's hall of fame induction when he gave a tear-stained speech.
A few years later, at the hands of the Internet, the meme rose to fame.
And on Monday night Twitter was at the ready to unleash the Space Jam star's meme as soon as UNC lost.
'UNLEASH YOUR CRYING JORDANS,' one Twitter user wrote.
Another said: 'Gonna be a record-setting night for Jordan cry faces.'
For a moment it looked like UNC might snatch victory away from Villanova as they tied with a three-pointer
But in the last 4.7 seconds of the game, Villanova clinched a three-point buzzer beater to take home the win
Hundreds of varieties of the meme inundated Twitter. This one features the 'crying piccolo girl', a band member for Villanova last year, who became a meme in her own right
Jordan was transformed into the 'crying Michael Jordan' over and over on Monday night following the loss
Even UNC's men's basketball coach couldn't hide from being transformed by the crying Michael Jordan meme
Immediately the image of Jordan's crying face superimposed on to the heads of the UNC team was tweeted out.
Another showed Jordan in the crowd, with the weeping face photoshopped on to his head.
One Tweet showed the 'crying piccolo girl', a band member from Villanova who became a meme in her own right last year, juxtaposed with Jordan's tearful face.
'The tournament didn't decide this matchup. Fate did,' the user wrote.
An interview shot with Jordan showed his crying face as the top of the reporter's microphone.
It was during the interview used by that meme that Jordan discussed how his win with UNC made him the star he is today.
Jordan scored the late jumper in 1982 that helped UNC beat Georgetown in the national championship game and give the late Dean Smith his first title as Tar Heels' coach.
Jordan described his game-winning shot as 'where it all started' for him.
'That was birth of Michael Jordan,' he told Craig Sager. 'Before that I was Mike. All of a sudden I make that shot and I'm Michael.'
A shot from the half-time interview, in which Jordan said his 1982 championship win with UNC made him into the all-star he is today, was given a crying Jordan makeover
The real MVP: The Internet and the Michael Jordan crying memes were the real winners on Monday night
Some clever Twitter users even photoshopped the Villanova piccolo player's face on to an image of Jordan sitting in the crowd.
Another picture showed the Wikipedia page for UNC with Jordan's crying head in the center of the university's logo.
Even though Villanova claimed the championship over UNC, the real winner of the night was the Internet thanks to the Jordan meme.
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