Liking hoops

In my rather narrow world of sporting events, I got to watch the Shockers and the Jayhawks topple their opponents within a few days of one another and I think that is how the college basketball season ought to go every week. I don’t watch zombies, detectives, or talk shows, but I do enjoy basketball.

I have several favorite teams for a variety of reasons. I watch them as often as possible — as often as my cable television selection allows — and while you might not care, I think my six regular readers do. College hoops make winter bearable and I bet those six readers are just as thrilled as I when it is game time.

My favorite college basketball statistic is when Kansas teams are in the top whatever. I don’t care what category or what team is on the list. I cheer for them all. I even sympathize when the guy who proofs this column bleeds purple — which happens now and then, right?

I used to enjoy high school basketball just as much as the college games. Grandpa John Mellott and I usually sat together and loudly explained the finer points of the game to the referees. We sat together because no one else would sit with us. However, I figure we probably made a difference by helping the refs achieve a better understanding of their job requirements. I think I heard that fans are no longer encouraged to share their opinions at high school sporting events. That is probably a good rule, but I think Grandpa Mellott and I could still hold our own in a college cheering section.

I am pleased to have gotten to share my personal sporting preferences and history with you. I originally wrote a column about a fairly important upcoming event. However, as soon as I finished it I found out that by the time you get your paper, it will be too late for you to participate. How is that for having my finger on the community pulse?


Last modified Jan. 22, 2014