NCAA College Basketball Fans
The NCAA Basketball Season is rapidly approaching. And I’m no sporty-pants. If you’re anything like me, you might need a little inspiration to get you through the “my husband is trying to live vicariously though college basketball” season.
The only time I was on a team that involved a ball was in 6th grade. It was a combined girls basketball team comprised of the two elementary schools that didn’t have enough players to form their own teams. It turned out we formed the worst team in the whole district, but we definitely had the most heart! And by that I mean my heart was so big that when I noticed that the other team wanted the ball more than I did, I just gave it to them. In high school I finally found my sport: swimming! There was no ball to hit me in the face, I couldn’t feel myself sweat, and I could get a tan in the meantime. Not to mention there was plenty of time to flirt with the boys swim team while waiting for my events at meets. OK, I digress. However, the boy situation is always a nice segway!
When I went to college, one of my best guy-friends was a super-stud in the intramural basketball circuit (BYU-Idaho had discontinued their inter-collegiate sports programs but their intramurals were awesome!) I faithfully stalked/supported my friend, attended almost all of his intramural games and finally convinced him that I was his biggest fan and that he should be my eternal flame/husband. And guess what? It
worked! And then the biggest letdown of his life happened after the wedding. Not only did he discover that I never wanted a log bed, he also discovered that I was not a big fan of watching sports on the telly, or watching HIM watch sports on the telly (no, I’m not British- it’s just more fun to say).
Soon after graduation, we moved to Utah and were in Cougar Country (go BYU!) and we got bitten by the Fredette bug. If you’re not familiar with Jimmer Fredette, just know that he’s this small-town wonder boy who played basketball for BYU and lead them to the Sweet 16 in 2011. And maybe watch this video to really grasp the awesomeness that was Jimmer Fredette. We were part of the community that got to see this guy bring his team into the limelight. And that’s when I really started to pay attention to college basketball in my post college-athlete-stalking days.
Even though we were no longer college students, it was fun to see the school spirit that was generated in our community as the BYU Cougar basketball team went soaring! Jimmer was getting so much attention that there were all these interviews with him. When we started learning about his background, his life goals and the way he conducted his life, I felt like I was cheering for a friend. Each game was like watching one of those feel-good, inspiring sport movies. So what I’m trying to say is, you don’t have to be a sporty-pants to enjoy/survive the NCAA Basketball season. All you need to do is move to a college town with a rising basketball team that’s currently being lead by a student athlete who will be honored as a National Player of the Year and drafted into an NBA team upon graduating. OR, you could just get to know more about the players on your friends/loved one’s/local college basketball team! You’ll feel like your watching your kid-brother or something! So now, when my husband becomes all twitterpated about a team, I’m like “What’s their story? What makes that kid so good?” He’ll find some You Tube video for me to watch, some real inspiring heart-string pulling clip about a college athlete, and I’m all of a sudden their biggest fan. Oh yeah, and making really good food to stuff my face with during games is always a fave! I’ll paint my daughter’s and my nails to get really into game day and when my husband falls asleep later on the couch, he’ll be sporting school spirit on his twinkle toes, too! Believe me- it’s happened!