Monday, April 7, 2014

Go Big Blue!!











"I am more than just a serious basketball fan. Because I was born in Kentucky I learned early on that basketball is a way of life" Hunter S. Thompson

It is hard to describe to a non-Kentuckian just what basketball means to this state. In many ways, basketball is a way of life in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office "sick days" are used a lot at tournament time, birthday parties are planned around the games, and weddings are planned so as not to conflict with tip-off time :-) 

I know it sounds crazy, but anyone who lives here will tell you that these things are true. 

Tonight, our beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats play in the national championship game. This year's tournament has been the craziest NCAA tournament that I have ever followed, and I am hoping that tonight our team will be hoisting the championship trophy. 

GO BIG BLUE!!! 


Update: My beloved wildcats lost 60-54, but they had a helluva season and an amazing run. I'm very proud of them. 
Do sports play an important role in your state, province, or country?

103 comments:

  1. Like most countries, football plays a big role here. I think cricket might be higher up on the list though because we're better at that. Every time a major football tournament comes up we get excited. It inevitably ends in failure though. I don't know what would actually happen if we somehow won the world cup.

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  2. People are big into football and baseball here in Pennsylvania. The high school football team in my district gets more funding than most of the academic programs. To me, that seems like twisted values. :(

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  3. "GO BLUE" and not so much here, at least here on the farm:) hug B

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  4. I live in the Carolinas - they are insane for their college teams here.
    Good luck tonight.
    An my bracket fell apart by the second round this year...

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  5. In my community, yes. In my life, no.

    My husband is so excited. He's from Kentucky so you can imagine how thrilled he is right now. For me, my excitement for today is wrapped up in seeing last night's episode of Game of Thrones. :)

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  6. I grew up in Indiana-and basketball was huge there too-all the high school and college games were on the radio back then-or we were glued to the tv set-good stuff-

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  7. Good luck to the wildcats! Sports is very big in Toronto!

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  8. Yes!!! How do they know who to pass the ball to, dddddddddddddd.

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  9. Well, looking at it from the other side, we in Wisconsin were rooting for the Badgers & were disheartened at the result of the game.. We had such high hopes. However, in the end, the Badgers DID have a wonderful season. In the end, may the best team win! (And yes, people here are avid sports fans....my favorite team to follow is the Green Bay Packers!)

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  10. Oh for sure!! We are all about the UConn Huskies!!

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  11. I love reading the enthusiasm in your writing voice. I can picture you so happy and anticipating the game tonight :)
    Germany is like this when it comes to soccer, that's our national sport. I've never seen Germany as united and happy as it was when the Soccer World Cup took place here in 2006 - people were celebrating literally everywhere for weeks, they would wear the colors and even the cars were wearing Germany flags constantly (this never happens here ever at any other time).
    I'll keep my fingers crossed for Big Blue! :) :)

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    1. yes!!!! football!!!! we're like crazy hooligan when it comes to football here (still don't understand why american call it soccer, and call rugby football). i cried like a baby everytime germany lost in the final or quarter final since 2002,,

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  12. I am not the biggest sports fan ... however you mention my Yankees and I am all over it *wink* :)

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  13. Good luck to your team Keith!

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  14. The way you feel about basketball is how I feel about hockey. It's kind of funny because I live in St. Louis and obviously we are a baseball town...but I don't like baseball at all. :)

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  15. Mexicans and soccer man! I am not much into sports year round but I do watch the Olympics and the Soccer World cup.

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  16. No one cares a lot here, except maybe hockey. But i think that's just a canada thing, some go nuts of curling hahaha not sure how though

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  17. I had no idea of the importance of basketball in Ky. This is all news to me. Thanks for the enlightenment.

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  18. I guess for Canada it's probably hockey.....I'm not interested in sports one little bit but you can't miss the hype over the hockey and now that summer is coming we have baseball. Sheesh. Every time I want to watch something on TV I'm informed that there is some game or other on and it simply can't be missed.

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  19. Great knowing about that’s state’s passion for basketball! Even hockey is our national game, cricket is celebrated here and it also unites us.

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    1. Cricket indeed is almost a religion here in India.

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  20. Sports do play a BIG role where I live. You know, Keith :)

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  21. We don't have any pro teams in New Mexico, but there are plenty of Lobo fans, our basketball team. I am not a sports fan, though.

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  22. i'm rooting for UK just because the team 'wasn't supposed to get this far.' :)

    here in texas, it is ALL football. so i understand the rabidity of the fans.

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  23. I live in football country! I had Kentucky in my final bracket, but had Duke as the winner. They messed me up first round.

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  24. Basketball is big in Altavista because we usually have a really good high school team. I've followed U. of Virginia basketball since I was a teenager, but they don't consistently have great teams. Now with Tony Bennett as their coach, there's more hope for some consistency. I was heartbroken when they lost in the Sweet 16, but anyway . . . I will be cheering for Kentucky tonight. One of my co-workers is from Kentucky and is a HUGE fan. :-)

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  25. I've loved basketball since I was in high school! While we don't have tickets for UT sports, that is certainly of great importance in this town! We do enjoy watching the games on TV, and I will be tuned in tonight! Sending good wishes for Kentucky's victory!

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  26. I feel the same way about football. But, for me, Big Blue is the New York Giants. C'mon football season…I got the NFL Ticket for free this year. W00t W00t!!!

    Elsie
    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

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  27. I guess football is taken seriously here, and tennis when Wimbledon is on. But the biggest interest came when we hosted the olympics. A nation of sofa dwellers suddenly were talking passionately about canoeing and beach volleyball. It was good.

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  28. I feel a connection now because of you, Keith!

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  29. Being from a state without any major league...well, anything...no, it means very little to me.

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  30. I'm sure they do, but we don't care for sports so we don't watch anything. Just not our thing.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  31. My bracket went to crap early on, so I really stopped paying attention. I have been to several women's final fours and they are a lot of fun. Sports is a big deal here in Denver. In Jan 2013 the Broncos were in the playoffs and it was our daughters 2nd birthday party. We didn't know that when we planned her party, but we pretty much let the kids play and we had cake and ice cream really quickly during half time and then let the kids play again while the adults watch the game all over the house!

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  32. Oh, yes. The San Diego Padres baseball team plays consistently well. The Chargers---inconsistently, altho we live in hope that they will break out of the dumps.

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  33. Our small town has a collegiate wood-bat baseball team, The Walla Walla Sweets, that plays in the West Coast League. There also seems to be a big following for the Mariners in Seattle. Other than that I don't know. My family and I are not big followers of anything on a regular basis. I do like watching the Apple Cup between my alma mater the U of WA and WA State and I go to a few Sweets games. My sports interests are confined mostly to my grand daughter's soccer matches and their track season.

    Good luck to your team Keith.

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  34. Nebraska is known for their collage football Cornhusker team. It's crazy how big people get into it here. I'm not a fan. It drives me nuts. My husband on the other hand loves it. Things might be different if I grew up in a house that loved football. My dad never liked it, and I had all sisters. My husband keeps trying to get our boys to like it, but they would much rather go play with toys.

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  35. Good luck for your team! As a German I obviously love Fussball!

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  36. I'm not a sports fan at all so don't even know.

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  37. It sounds like that's a great way to be a community!

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  38. "Go big blue" makes me think of "Go Dodger blue!" - a slogan I grew up with. In LA, we were all about the Dodgers.

    Go blue! Hope your team wins.

    xoRobyn

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  39. The ginger guy in the middle is cute!

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  40. Awesome. Basketball is pretty big in Utah too, where I grew up, but my hubby never got into playing. I did. I used to bike off to the nearest Elementary school and meet on the courts with kids of all ages and organize a game. We had 4 year old on teams with 16 year olds, and we just laughed when the youngest players ran with the ball rather than dribbling. Good memories.

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  41. I'm happy for you and your team! Good Luck! We are paying for the Twins and Vikings new stadiums and I'll leave it at that.

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  42. Ours is a Cricket crazy nation. We love the game like anything :D

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  43. Denver is a sports crazed city. We follow the Broncos, the Rockies, the Nuggets and the Avalanche whether they win or not! I like to follow college sports as well.
    Go Kentucky, I have you in my ESPN NCAA bracket to win it all!!!!

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  44. Well, the Gators were in there just a day ago... :(

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  45. Wishing you and your state luck tonight! I can understand the passion and fervor - We love our Seattle Seahawks and we just came out of a fantastic season! There was so much team spirit - it was a joy to see. Something to bring everyone together...... xo Karen

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  46. Congrats... (But The Badgers were close, eh!)
    If I were to tell you what Argentinians do for soccer, you would conclude that you are not such a big basketball fan after all. I'll spare you the details.

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  47. Will be pulling for Big Blue for sure. The Hogs beat Ky in Feb so in essence, if a team we once beat wins it all, then maybe we weren't all that bad. Weird logic but I am sticking to it.
    GO BIG BLUE.

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  48. I am the complete opposite. I don't like sports at all...at all. Thankfully my hubby feels the same way I do. We do watch the occasional Nascar race though.

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  49. College sports aren't that big up here. It must be exciting to live in an area that gets into it like that. Best of luck!

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  50. That's hilarious!!!! Sports aren't big like that here that I know of.. Except I'm in WA state and we have the Seahawks.. That was a HUGE deal...

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  51. I grew up in Baltimore City, with the Orioles baseball team. When they were good, with players like Jim Palmer, Boog Powell and Frank Robinson.. And we also had the Baltimore Colts with the famous Johnny Unitas, later they were stolen away in the night by owner Irsay.. Now we have the Ravens..who have won the superbowl. We also have a professional indoor Hockey team called the Blast and we are proud of our Maryland State women's and men's basketball team..In Annapolis we have the Navy football team. So sports in Maryland is a big thing. After all this, I am just not big into sports.

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  52. I hope your team wins Keith... I live in a pretty small city.. it is the biggest city on the east coast but it really is small compared to some of the major places across the country... so we don't have any major teams... Although, anything hockey gets this city going.. (not for me though.. lol)

    Have a great week and thank you for the comment today :)

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  53. Go big blue!

    Mind you, I have no idea what that means.

    Here it’s the footie, or football, or soccer to you. Cricket too, of course, although I don’t understand cricket rules either.

    Bit of a sportie dunce, me.

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  54. You know, basketball is pretty big in Indiana too. I never could get into it though and I do not allow my husband to watch it in the main living area. Now, football is a whole other story.

    Good luck to your team!

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  55. smiles...i am excited for big blue...my brother in law is a fan...
    i am a tarheel fan since i was a kid...though i live an hour from UVA
    we do like to go us for games as my son is a UVA fan....and i like
    to go to baseball games...we only have minor leagues here...

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  56. I've been following the games. I am a bit of a basketball fan sadly my bracket is shot along with so many other people. Wishing your team luck as this year has been crazy with upsets.

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  57. I grew up in Pittsburgh - Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt Panthers... Though the sports bug did not inflict me, except when the Steelers are headed to the Super Bowl. That seems to be the only time my sports dna kicks in.

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  58. In the State and on a local level, but NOT in our household. At all...well, except for the Tour de France...

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  59. We have some major New Mexico Lobos and Aggies fans. I never was one for college sports. I prefer professional sports.

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  60. Have never been much of a sports fan but they are everywhere

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  61. Congrats to your team, smiles ~ Not a big sports fan but I do watch some games from our local Toronto team ~ The energy of the fans are just amazing to watch ~ Good luck ~

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  62. I have no idea.
    I follow tennis, drum and bugle corps and the wild horse roundups.
    Go Kentucky!!!

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  63. Wishing you and your team all the best! LSU baseball, football and basketball is like religion around here. They take LSU sports VERY seriously!

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  64. Good action shot! Ice hockey is big in Sweden, but people don't take time off unless Sweden is playing in the some World Championship...

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  65. I have to admit that I am not a sports fan...well, except for watching the professional bowlers!

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  66. Soccer is big in Europe ... I am a 1000 m long distance nut

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  67. Here in Utah? Big time… my whole family are HUGE sports fans… we do the whole March Madness/brackets/tournament thing and everything. Yeah. We're cool. ;-)

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  68. Ah me and my country is obsessed with cricket! Our team colour is BLUE :P

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    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2014/04/tuesdays-sites-to-see_8.html

    P.S.: I also wanted Kentucky to win, but if the UConn women also win, they can sweep again, which is pretty cool to me.

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  70. I prefer to contemplate sport from the comfort of my armchair...
    Not a sports fan myself - but will root for your team Keith.
    I guess football is the most followed sport in the UK.
    Anna :o]

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  71. Yes, to my dismay, sports do occupy a disproportionate importance in my city. Our mayor, Kevin Johnson, has dedicated a large part of our beloved city to a new indoor arena for the Sacramento Kings. We will soon join the ranks of other California cities with no parking places. Help!

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  72. Go Hogs- oh yeah..football and basketball- pretty big time in my state. I like football, but if I had to choose a sport to go crazy over it would be hockey- which I fell in love with in Canada.

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  73. Scotland is big on football (soccer) and rugby. I'm only interested in tennis.

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  74. Keith you have to watch this video
    http://digg.com/video/students-pull-off-perfect-april-fools-prank-on-teacher-who-hates-phone-calls-in-class

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  75. sorry dude, i was for florida, and i'm northern by birth so i was happy to see uconn take it - but look at UK with all those Freshman! look out for them in the next year or 3!
    and wasn't it awesome to see 2 lower ranked teams in the finals! some really great basketball this year! amazing futures!

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  76. darn I was pulling for you!!! I LOVE the Texas Rangers...love love love them. Mike Hargrove, rookie of the year in 1976, now of Cleveland grew up here and I've been a fan ever since he started playing. I love love love the Rangers...Ian Kinsler! BUT...I don't wear any t-shirts these days!

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  77. I try to follow just enough sports to set my understand what my husband is occasionally swearing about, and sometimes hooraying about.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  78. sorry for the loss----our vcu rams have hit the national scene in the last few years ---my husband being an alumni was and is very into it but then again he likes most sports---i don't care much for sports unless my grand-kids are playing :)

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  79. sorry for the loss but they were still great...we (mostly my husband) watched the game and yes, football is very big for us though we follow pretty much all sports with the exception of golf....

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  80. Aw bummer...I didn't have a dog in the race, but my 14 year old was rooting for UConn. Football is, of course, very big around here, especially with the Seahawks winning the Superbowl. We're big baseball fans as a family too.

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  81. Yes, we are sports crazy in the Bay Area. Many are Sharks or A's fans. I'm not. My teams are the Niners and SF Giants.

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  82. I know people around here and San Antonio wear lots of Spurs clothes but I'm not into sports so I don't know if they are good or bad.

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  83. It sounds like Kentucky has a lot of spirit in basketball. That must have been exciting for you that they played in the championship game. Here is California, the Sacramento Kings are a good basketball team. And you might be familiar with the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders in football.

    ~Sheri

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  84. I have never been into sports, but your enthusiasm was contagious. I was hoping your team would win.

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  85. IN CANADA, THE ONE THE ONLY : HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANAD, but they also love the Olympics, baseball, football, you know ...\I say they 'cause the only sport I've ever loved if you can call it a sport is swimming oh and high school basketball

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  86. It does - and too such an extent that cricketers and Australian football players make there way onto citizenship tests and Nobel prize winners languish in obscurity. And I think you can tell what I think of that situation.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  87. Yes...in here in UK we are big on footie and cricket.
    But I am heavily into F1...am a huge fan of Sergio Perez (Checo)...and Heikki Kovalainen!

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  88. Sounds like WI during football season!

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  89. You got further than we did. Big congrats to you!

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  90. Rugby is big in my area, but not quite like that.

    Sorry your team lost. :-(

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  91. Great photo! If the Sacramento Kings included such vigorous leaping and hugging in their games, we might be more supportive of them.

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  92. My husband has his beloved Lakers, and my aunt is the Anaheim Angels' biggest fan, I think. Sorry your team didn't make it, but I'm sure they're still champions in their fans' eyes.

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  93. i too love basket ball and i am a player too!

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  94. Upon moving to KY, I had no idea basketball was such a passion. It is interesting to observe such dedicated fans - bluebloods and redbloods alike, :) As a transplant from NJ whose favorite sport is hockey, well, it was initially a bit of a culture shock I suppose. (Not many here seemed to even know what hockey was!) For my KY friends and neighbors, though, I am happy Big Blue did as well as they did. It'll be interesting to see how they fare next year.

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  95. I love this shot! and I love basketball, my dad was a basketball ballcoach so I saw a lot of basketball.
    But this country is crazy by football that you called soccer (I think) soccer and tennis is the most important here!!

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  96. Oklahoma is the same. Football has always been the sport to rally round, but I hear the OKC basketball team is the new thing happening. However, I forget their name. I guess this means I am not part of the in crowd.

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  97. Even though I'm not a sports fan, my husband, son and daughter always have been. Sports is big in Hawaii and it was really big in Illinois. I can still remember the euphoria of the Bulls and Bears. The Cubs? Well... maybe next year.

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  98. Hi Keith! I can't believe I missed this post! It was right in the middle of my move, so that's probably why...I missed a lot!

    I loved reading all these comments...people try, but they have no idea, LOL! The brainwashing starts IN THE WOMB, and Kentucky Basketball IS OUR LIFE. They think they know, but they don't really know. :)

    The twins are coming back! I'm saving up for the SEC Tourney next year, I'm going!!!

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