Knowing how much I love University of Louisville basketball and that George and I used to watch every game together, two lovely couples from church each invited me to watch the Louisville/Wichita State game with them on Saturday. I do have wonderful friends and want to express my deep appreciation to Rhonda and Drew, Karen and Bob. However, I turned both couples down.
I’m a terrible person to watch basketball with. Much of this comes from my father who was a huge University of Kansas fan. He took me to nearly every KU basketball and football game from the time I was three or four until I left for college and Kansas State. He was the most pessimistic fan I’ve ever known. When the Jayhawks were thirty points ahead and the opponents hit a basket, he’d say,”Oh, we’re going to lose this one. We’ve blown it.” Heredity or nurture, I don’t know but I’m the same way. I don’t know why I want my Cards to do well because the better they do, the farther they go in a tournament, the more miserable I am during the game. Close games are nerve wracking. There are no leads big enough to calm me. I go outside. I move to another room. I play computer games or do crossword puzzles. I change channels and watch House Hunters International for ten minutes before going back to check the score. And, when Payton steals a ball or Russ drives, I will rewind and replay that, even four or five times so I can see how the play happened.
No one wants to spend a few hours with a person like me. And, to tell you the truth, I don’t want to watch with anyone because then I’d have to behave. When George and I watched together, I did behave. Oh, I still moved around and did crossword puzzles, but he held on the the remote so I couldn’t watch a play over and over . He did NOT allow me to change channels.
So, again, thank you, dear friends. I hope you’ll watch and cheer for Louisville but you truly do not want me around.