Today I’m thankful for…COLLEGE BASKETBALL SEASON!!!!!!!!!! When I was a kid, my Dad used to only let us get cable during basketball season (which for those of you who don’t know, it’s from November to March). It was always extremely exciting to see the cable guy come and install the box above the tv, knowing another season was just about to start.
Tonight, my team, Duke, is playing Kentucky for the first time since 2001. It’s an intense matchup for so many reasons, but probably the greatest can be summed up in two words: the shot. And then two more words: Christian Laettner. So I’ll just instruct anyone who doesn’t know what I’m talking about to click here.
But also, please watch this:
I was actually at this historic game. I was nine. It is probably the most incredible memory I have as a Duke fan and no matter how many times I see the replay, it’s still just as exciting as the day it happened.
So as I digress into my deep Duke fandom, I want to touch upon why I am so grateful for basketball season. In truth: it provides me with comfort and reminds me of home. It makes me think of my Dad and all of the memories I have of sharing the Duke basketball experience with him throughout my life. It reminds me of my entire family and how many games we’ve attended together over the years. I can picture my 87-year-old grandmother watching games by herself in South Carolina and I look forward to dishing with her after the games about what she thought (she always has an opinion!).
I love the connection I feel to the sport. It’s by far my favorite sport, as I played it for many years growing up and have a deep respect for the athleticism and devotion it takes to be really good. I am amazed by the artful plays that take place on the court and I feel wrapped in camaraderie every time I enter Cameron Indoor.
That’s Bobby Hurley!
Feliz in her Duke cheerleading outfit
At the end of the day, I just purely love the game of basketball. So thank you, James Naismith!