Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cheers to the Bulldogs

Fashion guru Carson Kressley performs cheer routines with the Butler Bulldog cheerleaders in downtown Indianapolis during the NCAA tournament. Now, that's not your typical sports photo, is it folks?


In March of 1992, I was a freshman in college. My wonderful school, the University of Kentucky, rallied to make a great comeback in college basketball with an amazing group of players (this was after a bout with a disgraceful coach who dragged our mighty program through the mud).

That year, UK made it to the Elite Eight to play that team from North Carolina who shall remain nameless. We were close to winning. It was a beautiful thing. My friends I were jumping up and down in front of the television. Then, that senior player with the foppy hair sunk a last-second shot and all was quiet. It sucked the air right out of the room. It was a devastating loss (And, CBS sports continues to show that shot in the opening credits for each game. Really, is that necessary?)

Well, that team won the NCAA title again last night. I was pulling so hard for their opponents, the Butler Bulldogs. One of my best friends from high school went to Butler. I have family in Indianapolis. It was like cheering for the home team. You so wanted these guys to pull off one of the greatest upsets of all time. And, they almost did. It would have been so poetic. Although, the fact that they made it to the championship game was poetic in itself.

Cheers to Butler. It was a great run, guys. You should take great pride in what you’ve accomplished. See you next year.
Image courtesy of indystar.com

7 comments:

Courtney said...

I'm with you - not for UK (though my dad is an alum too!) - but because i went to UNC! I was so sad to see that last shot just barely miss!

teresa-bug said...

We went in to overtime 2 years ago with a shot like that. And then won the tourney in OT. 20 years prior to that we won the championship, which was my freshman year. One of the best nights of my college career. But I have also been in Butler's shoes...too many times. It stinks.

Trish said...

What a great season for them. I was rooting for them, but like you said, NEXT YEAR!!! :)

Main Line Sportsman said...

I am not much of a B-Ball fan...but that was a great game to watch...
I also liked seeing Cornell get the upset earlier in the Tournament.

JMW said...

MLS - I, too, was quite happy over the Cornell loss. ;)

sara said...

I also thought Butler played an excellent game last night. As a UK grad and die-hard, True Blue fan, I was so sorry to see that team that shall remain nameless win the tournament. Love Carson cheering on Butler, he's the best!

bevy said...

My husband and I could not watch the game... too stressful. We just checked in every once in a while. Hate that Butler didn't win, but they are NOW ON THE MAP!