Wisconsin Badger Basketball Fan
Posted: April 10, 2015
The past three weeks have been quite a ride for sports fans in Wisconsin. Even though the Milwaukee Brewers have gotten off to a slow start, baseball is back and the end of the Wisconsin Badger college basketball season was one to remember.
When I moved to Wisconsin in May, 1987, I did not know much about Wisconsin sports. I would follow the teams in the Big Ten Conference but I did not start out as a Green Bay Packer fan or Wisconsin Badger fan. However, after spending most of my adult life in Wisconsin, I can honestly say how proud I was to be a Wisconsin Badger basketball fan during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
The enormous success of this past season on the hardcourt reminded me how fun college athletics can be. Sure, the team is going to lose this year's crop of seniors and will likely see junior Sam Dekker take his talents to the next level. But the way the entire team handled the media news conferences and the way they played on the court exemplified true sportsmanship.
The place where I watched the basketball games during the tournament was fun as well. Some people played "On Wisconsin" on the jukebox or made sure to punch in a few quarters to hear "Jump Around", the song heard at Wisconsin Badger football games at the start of the fourth quarter.
I also had to remind myself that the word "fan" is short for fanatic. There were times where I caught myself getting a little too excited about a college basketball game. Although there were some questionable calls in the championship game against Duke, the officials did not cost the Badger basketball team an opportunity to win the title. The fact was that the Duke Blue Devils played better down the stretch.
It will be hard to match the excitement of this past year's season for Wisconsin Badger basketball. But it was a fun ride while it lasted.
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