In an attempt to maintain sanity within the realm of college basketball, I thought it would be a fun venture to write about one of my passions! A quick back story as to why this even came to fruition:
Most would probably say that it makes sense I enjoy following college basketball, due to the glaring fact that I was born in Indiana. I find it goofy being born in a certain area allows for generalizations to be made. I own it though and have fully jumped into the lore that is college basketball.
Having said that, I was taken to numerous Butler men’s basketball games growing up in the mid-1990’s. I was fortunate to have been born in an area rich in basketball fanaticism and history. During my childhood, I found a fascination with taking on the role of the underdog. That role is something that the Butler Bulldogs are quite used to. I watched them accept and own that role of underdog as they began a quiet and calculated, yet exciting move into becoming a household name in the month of March.
My grandfather is the reason I love Butler basketball. He had been a season ticket holder for a while before he invited me to go to a game with him. As we spent time together at these games, I felt a shared connection with him that I have since felt with the rest of my family and close friends. I was privileged to watch Butler have success from the late 1990’s to present day — mostly sitting next to my grandfather.
There isn’t one exact moment I can point to and say, “That is when I began to love college basketball.” It was a love that developed over time. It was through the shared experience with my grandfather, family, friends, and relative strangers even! It was the smell of popcorn and the sound of live instruments from band playing during timeouts. The setting was an influence. There is nothing quite like watching a Butler game on an early Saturday afternoon with natural sunlight beaming through its large, cathedral-esque windows.
College basketball is what I look forward to most as the temperature drops and days grow shorter. So, that’s why I chose to write about college basketball. By no means am I the expert on the sport. It is something I enjoy watching and discussing. I love the detailed statistical analysis. Put numbers in front of me and I could look over them for hours. I love the conversation and playful banter that comes with watching the sport. In recent years, I enjoy the parity in the sport. It’s an exciting feeling to watch teams that weren’t given a chance at the beginning of a game walk off the court celebrating victory.
It was something I was born into — introduced by my parents and facilitated by my grandpa–I have come to love the game of college basketball and I want to share that passion.
So, you can expect updates every few weeks about the college basketball landscape. To be honest, that most likely means recognizable names of colleges. However, as the tournament in March draws near, I plan to look into teams that have a legitimate chance to receive a bid to the tournament. Naturally, there will be Butler specific posts as I have an allegiance to their program. The key for these updates is how much time I have on my hands to type up posts. Until the next post!