I keep getting questions about NKU and my ties to the school. First off, I got my second degree from Northern Kentucky University after I'd gotten married and had kids. BUT my first degree is from the University of Kentucky, which I LOVEEEEE that school too!
Jack, my youngest son, is the manager of the men's basketball team at NKU. He's got a lot of responsibilities and a full time student. We love watching him do his thing at all the games. I'm super proud he's also on the Dean's list and holding down a full time job. He is paid from this and he's learning a lot on how to be a great coach after he graduates.
As you can see, as a mother, I'm very involved. Eight years ago NKU (before us) was in a different league and they switched, making them a division one basketball team. By NCAA rules, they have to be in the league for five years, even if they do win their conference title, before they are eligible for the NCAA tournament, AKA the BIG DANCE! This is everyone's dream.
It's like the Oscars for basketball.
The first year, three years ago, when NKU had met its eligibility, we made it to the big dance. We played UK! No joke!! That put me in a horrible spot! I bleed blue, only. . .my baby comes first. So...now we root for both, but mostly NKU because now we have season tickets and we travel with the team.
NKU ended up winning their conference again this year, giving us an automatic bid to the big dance. I knew I had to go even though our chances were slim to winning. My mom, sister and I set out to Tulsa, Oklahoma on a road trip with our tickets in hand.
Yes we lost and I was so proud of them, but I have to say that my murderous mind was a foot!
Especially when the gentleman and his friends, who were in their 70's, were sitting behind me. He politely asked me about NKU and who was my son. I told him. He smiled and said that we were the underdog. He was right.
Here is when I played over and over in my head how I could kill him...
He tells me that he wasn't there for the team we were playing, but he was going to root for them anyways since I was pulling for the underdog! Then he rooted against us! I couldn't believe it.
Here is the scene, we played Texas Tech and they are closer to Tulsa than Kentucky! The arena was full of Texas Tech fans and only about FIFTY NKU fans. This man wasn't even there for Texas Tech and he was old enough to know better or at least be nice.
Yes...I will kill him in a book...maybe the next camper one!!
Needless to say, NKU was very excited we even got to the big dance and hopefully will go further next year. But it sure was fun even though we lost. I'm very proud of them!!
Spoken like a proud mama!
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