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More than a game

In Fever Pitch, the under-appreciated love letter to the Boston Red Sox, super fan Ben (Jimmy Fallon) tries to explain his single-minded devotion to the team to his workaholic girlfriend Sarah (Drew Barrymore):

fever pitch“Clearly, it’s not just a game! If it was, then obviously I wouldn’t care about it this much.

Twenty-three years.

Do you still care about anything you cared about years ago? How about–how about five? Name me a single thing that you’ve cared about for five years.”

That scene always spoke to me.  Even though Ben was talking baseball — a sport I personally never bonded with — I had that passion.  But mine was for…

KENTUCKY WILDCATS BASKETBALL

Harrison shotI’m a proud UK alum.  Years ago, I camped out for those hard-to-come-by tickets at Rupp Arena.

Now in New York City, I  watch very game that the networks allow, and have suffered every negative comment slung at the team this season by the media, haters and ‘fans’ alike.

And I never stopped believing.

The 2014 NCAA tourney has been an incredible, heart-stopping, unbelievable ride.  Kudos to our young team for putting their heads down, playing their hearts out and showing what they are made off when it mattered the most.

Now, let’s all enjoy our FINAL FOUR experience!!

 

 

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Sporting chance

I grew up in a small town and attended an even smaller school.  The only organized team sports offered were baseball and basketball.

I played neither in an organized fashion.

Television helped me discover the universe of sports that lie outside my direct experience.  Inspired a too-tall girl to tumble when Nadia hit her perfect 10’s in gymnastics. Created a passion for ice skating in a Southern gal who didn’t often see snow.  Made an avid golf and tennis fan out of a someone with no obvious hand-eye coordination.

Took a non-athlete…and gave them a passion for sport.

Despite all its evils, its shortcomings, its failings — today I celebrate television for bringing me athletics in all its many forms….and showing me the world outside my small town at the same time.

The Olympics Opening Ceremonies are tonight, baby!

Can. Not. Wait.

Bring it, London.