It is 1979, a basketball game in the Brandeis gym. The team is doing well, and the student section begins a chant, “We’re number one! We’re number one!” Morrie is sitting nearby. He is puzzled by the cheer. At one point, in the midst of “We’re number one!” he rises and yells, “What’s wrong with being number two?“
The students look at him. They stop chanting. He sits down, smiling and triumphant.
(Mitch Albom, Tuesday With Morrie)