Like a lot of sequels, this one didn’t hold a candle to the original, but it was cuter. It also did a triple salchow from script to screen.

“I was not told,” Mallory Farokhmanesh said firmly, “that I was going to have a speaking line.”

She has four, and they’re adorable. Almost as adorable as Mallory and Ali Farokhmanesh attempting to re-create one of the most bonkers moments in NCAA Tournament history with their three young children — Tai, 5; Mila, 2; and Liam, 1 — inside an empty Moby Arena.

The Dagger turned 10 on Friday. To commemorate the trey Ali Farokhmanesh drilled for Northern Iowa against Kansas, the No. 1 overall seed in the 2010 tourney, the CSU athletic department dropped a short video in which Ali, now 31 and a Rams assistant men’s hoops coach, tries to “help” his family replicate the defining shot of his basketball life.

As of early Saturday morning, the video had garnered almost 416,000 views on Twitter and more than 51,000 on Facebook. Shot last Thursday, it’s 75 seconds of pure gold, the perfect counterpoint to the mood of the moment, a little light at the end of a dark week.

Even the trolling punch line of the piece — stick around for Liam’s show-stealing moment at the end — comes with a bonus twist of the knife.

“Ted Owens gave us a (Jayhawks) jersey four years ago for Tai,” Ali said of the former Kansas basketball coach. “And it still fit (Liam).”

The Dagger’s aged well. It’s still Looney Tunes. It’s still an ill-advised shot, still a bicycle kick straight to conventional wisdom’s crown jewels.

As Ali’s Panthers led heavily favored Kansas by one with 36 seconds left, Farokhmanesh found himself all alone on the right wing, a step past the 3-point arc. Before anyone could press or foul, Ali let fly. Swish. Ninth-seeded UNI held on for a 69-67 victory. Bedlam in Bracketville.

The Dagger gets a little bit larger, a little bit sharper, with each passing year. Especially this year. Especially this weekend, when the Alis of the current college basketball landscape are supposed to be slaying dragons. When some other kid from some other small school — Tray Boyd III at East Tennessee State, Trevelin Queen at New Mexico State, Caleb Homesley at Liberty — should be busting Self’s chops.

“That’s what makes the tournament fun,” Ali said. “That’s what we’re missing right now. There would’ve been another situation like mine. You find out new names and different stories. And everyone can relate to them, to a certain extent.

“If the New York Giants are a 6 seed and they beat the Patriots, it’s like, well, they’re the Giants — they’re still professionals. East Tennessee State, if they beat Auburn, those moments are the ones your heart aches for. Because you know, at the midmajor level, how hard it is to get there.”

The Dagger changed his life. Got him on the cover of Sports Illustrated. The shot of Farokhmanesh cocking his head back and screaming to the Oklahoma City sky is forever stitched, along with Bryce Drew, Tyus Edney and Christian Laettner, into the pantheon of tourney legend.

“I don’t know if I’d be in this spot I’m in right now if we didn’t have that (NCAA) run,” Ali reflected. “But I changed, in a sense, too, in that it gave some validation to the fact that, the harder you work, that good things happen.

“I had a lot of lows before I hit that shot. I remember almost wanting to quit basketball. And I stayed with it. What March taught me was: ‘You’re going to face some adversity. No matter what, if you keep working and trusting yourself, something good is going to happen.’”

Like hand sanitizer, rampant optimism feels like something that flew off the shelves ages ago. That March trust is getting tested in Ali’s world, too. Dad’s working from home — any postseason destinations for the 20-12 Rams, along with recruiting travel, got kiboshed by coronavirus concerns.

Mallory is a pro re nata, or “as needed,” nurse in Fort Collins. She used to work with the critical care team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, headquarters of the biocontainment unit where some of the first Americans exposed to the virus were treated last month.

She has friends embedded on the front line of the fight. And she could be called in soon herself to help the afflicted in Larimer County.

“We’re a little worried,” Ali said, “just because it obviously sounds like a lot of these nurses have contracted it.”

Another concern: The lesions in Mila’s esophagus, which are sometimes a red flag that a child might have a more vulnerable immune system.

Although you wouldn’t know it from Friday morning, when Mila was precocious as ever, needling Ali to apply some fake makeup on her face while he was trying to break down some of the Rams’ game clips.

“All jokes aside, if anybody deserves a sports moment like (2010), it’s him,” Mallory said. “He worked so hard as a kid. He spent Christmas night every year in the gym. Him and his parents, they would go to the gym and shoot.

“Our kids, I hope they get my athletic ability. And I hope they get his work ethic and determination.”

Still, with three young’uns and three limited attention spans, Mallory worried at the start of their CSU video shoot that waiting for Ali to simulate his trey for the cameras would quickly test the little ones’ patience.

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