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Crying 'Piccolo Girl' Is the Viral Talk of the NCAA Basketball Tournament


...igniting a hashtag and meme that washed across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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She is known to millions of social media users simply as "Piccolo Girl."

One of the hottest stories coming out of the NCAA's "March Madness" basketball tournament on Sunday had almost nothing to do with basketball.

After top-seeded Villanova lost to North Carolina State 71-68 on Saturday, CBS cameras caught a member of the Villanova band attempting to perform through the pain of losing.

Within minutes, the Internet reacted, dubbing the young lady "Piccolo Girl" and igniting a hashtag and meme that washed across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

She made cameo appearances in some classic images like this one from the movie "Titanic."

Vice President Joe Biden's image was enlisted to help comfort the upset band member.

Actor John Travolta was also photoshopped into a few images.

Twitter user "Pin Head" combined Biden and Travolta to offer "a double-dose of creepy consoling."

There were also arguments about the instrument she was playing. Was it a piccolo or a flute?

Turns out "Piccolo Girl" is Roxanne Chalifoux in real life, and she's apparently embraced her web celebrity status and seems none the worse for the wear.

On Sunday afternoon, Chalifoux changed her Facebook profile image:

And Chalifoux's sudden fame looks to be paying off, as Villanova alum Mike Maloney — owner of Maloney's Pub in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania — declared her "The best fan of all TIME!" and awarded Chalifoux free drinks for a year (if she's 21).

TheBlaze reached out to Chalifoux for comments on her newfound fame. We will update the post if she responds.


Follow Mike Opelka (@Stuntbrain) on Twitter.

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