And this is the time of the year we’re we are heavily involved and invested in KU basketball. This is the big event of the week for me and my family. I sit there in my chair and cuss up a storm at times. Before this season started, I said this will be a down year for KU, but still should win 25-27 games. They have surprised me by winning the Big 12 title for the 8th year in a row. They lack depth and concentration at times and are darn good when they are on their game.
A side-note first: We hit the jackpot the other day. I bought four tickets for $12 apiece and add in tax, the total cost was $60.00. Oh, these tickets were to the KU woman’s game against # Baylor -to make a long story short, the seats were right behind the KU bench. We could see the coach diagram plays and see the players up close. At one point in the game, Thomas Robinson and his entourage sat down a few seats from us, but I couldn’t get a good picture since I was boxed in pretty good. Baylor has a gal named Brittany Griner who is all-everything and is destined for stardom in the woman’s pro league. She is all that and more. We are couch tators, but ventured out into the world to see her play. Baylor beat KU pretty bad. Angel Goodrich of KU, who is part Indian and went to an Indian school in Oklahoma did well in the game. She is fast and can shoot the 3-pointers. Sitting behind the KU bench made me feel like somebody and some one saw us on television, so for a few seconds I was a star. Just kidding!
The next day we had some religious obligations to take care of and made it home in time to watch KU men play Missouri. This game had the hype and Missouri is good as they come. They are an excellent team. Some hate Missouri with a passion. I don't. They are good, but so is KU. Yet, I sat in disbelief when KU fell behind by 19 points. I thought "not in our house." They missed so many free throws and showed the bench is lacking but they fought and fought and start doing things right. I called it a miracle but it's our right as a jayhawk nation.But I did indulge in selfish prayer when KU was behind by 19 points I said "please, please let my KU come back and win because that Merle guy will never let me live it down" Merle is a guy who lives on the Kickapoo Reservation whose claim to fame is that he’s a KSU fan. I don’t know why. It’s hard to explain, kinda like the lack of snow we have received. And Taylor decided to be the hero and make those 2 free throws at the end. He was due for this break. Taylor plays so hard and his hard work paid off! Coach Self said it was the 2nd greatest game he was involved in, the other was the Memphis State game! KU rose in the national polls as a result of this game, getting up to 3rd in the AP poll and could be looking at a #1 seed now. We have seen this movie before and it hasn't ended well when KU is a #1 seed, but this could be the year that changes.