Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Bold Basketball

Last night's national college men's (NCAA) championship was a contest in which neither side backed down or got rattled or gave less than a terrific performance.

An underdog team went up against a school that has won the title several times, but not in quite a few years.

An aging super-star coach competed against a young rising star coach.

Duke versus Butler reached mythic proportions.

Duke won, (my alma mater, as it happens) but only by a two-point basket and the game was still undecided in the last 13 seconds. And all involved played their parts with gumption (which is to say, a combo of dignity and fire.)

It was exciting and lovely to see, if you like basketball, as most people in my home state of North Carolina do.

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mamie said...

I believe it was the most exciting basketball game I've ever seen. I too admired the young upstart team that held its own until the buzzer sounded. I'm not one of those NC people who hate Duke, but I have to admit that I really wanted to see Butler win, and find myself saying today, "If only that shot had gone in...."

Anonymous said...

Hiya Peggy! Personally speaking, I am not much of a sports fan. However, I do tune in for the "big" events, like last night's game. I figured I had to take a side...and even though I am an NC resident...I rooted for the underdog. That's usually the side I take, when there are sides to be taken. Although Butler didn't win, it's still an amazing victory to get as far as they did, and that they played such an awesome game against Duke. They should be super proud of themselves!!


Peggy Payne said...

Hiya Allison and Mamie, if I weren't a totally loyal and devoted and thrilled Duke fan, I'd probably have been pulling for Butler too. But I was quite happy with the outcome.