When UNC lost their game last weekend my Division I brackets blew up since I always put them down as the winners. But you see I didn’t care because my University had become the Division II Champions. That has kept me going until today when I realized I at least needed to finish off my updates on Men’s College Basketball. So as I say goodbye to my bracket, I still have a year of celebration as Western’s win is brought up at all my social gatherings this year, except maybe that wedding I am attending on April 21st. I know the bride doesn’t really give a fig about sports.
I just finished watching the most thrilling game. I was literally biting my nails for the last five minutes. Western Washington University managed to maintain at least a four point lead for the entire game coming out to win 71 to Stonehill’s 66. This will be Western’s first time playing in the Championship final game. I am so proud to be a Viking now, not that I was ever not proud. Western has a legacy of excellence in athletics and academics. Heck right now I don’t even care what is happening in Division 1. I know that very few of my friends here in NC care about the fact that a little school from the NW is going to the Final Game for the National Playoffs in Division II, but that is okay. Not everyone can love the little guys.
March Madness has arrived. Yes, I do mean the NCAA Playoffs for basketball. I have to wait until basketball season before anything good is happening at my school, sports wise that. I do enjoy the rivalry between schools and their alumni – they are very loyal here one of my friends even painted his pool room Clemson Orange. Not to mention, when I was working in an office with a large group of civil engineers I swear all the engineers had attended, what seemed like, a different engineering school in the US. All of these schools are NCAA Division I universities and they were all quite proud of their Alma Maters and would tell each other so especially on game days.
Me, however, I attended an NCAA Division II school out west so I have never felt a particular devotion to any school in Division I. Well that isn’t entirely true, I grew up cheering for the University of Washington Huskies because it was the town university and we were proud of Pac 10 status because it was really the only Division I athletic conference out on the West Coast, I was sure that all other schools just played each other because no one was as good as schools in the PAC 10 (now PAC 12). Heck until I moved to Charlotte I didn’t really know what I was getting into. During football season it is all about watching UNC or NC State beat the pants off Duke (well Basketball season is the same way).
North Carolina is very into their basketball. I guess that is to be expected when NBA greats like Michael Jordan graced their University basketball courts. I am excited about this year because you see my school, Western Washington University, just made it into the Division II Elite Eight! So while the Division I playoffs don’t start until this weekend I am already on a high knowing that this might be the year that Western makes it to the finals. I have my fingers crossed that Kentucky is very good to the Vikings this year. I won’t get to see them on TV like I will Division I, but I will still be cheering on my team on the 21st.
Now I just need to finish up my Division I brackets and submit them. I hope UNC wins this year, they always mess up my bracket.