Ohhhhh, I do so love sports. I came to the U of A the semester after the basketball team won the national championship, and I breathed basketball as an undergraduate. Then I slowly shifted to be more of a football fan, but I never lost my love for basketball. However, the Razorbacks seemed to--there was a stratch of years when no one was talking about what was happening in Bud Walton.
We just beat 2 top 10 teams in 1 week, with a game thrown in between them for good measure. We have some extraordinary players, led by a charismatic coach that has made it exciting to watch Razorback basketball again. Plus, my daughter's boyfriend, (or at least that what she tells everyone) Marcus Monk is back from NFL-land and whipping up on the court.
The energy is great. I feel like I'm 19 again, screaming for Scotty Thurman and Big Nasty, camping out to sit (stand) in the front row of the student section, yelling "Nice Hair!" when they introduce the visiting head coach, and staring at every tall guy I passed on the way to class to see if he was a player. Of course, back then I didn't have to find a babysitter to go to games or stifle a yawn between cheers because the game has me up past 10. But then, I don't have a lit final in the morning either, so I figure it all pans out :)
**If you have not read/commented on my American Idol entry below, get with the program!