April 8th, 2008

Astro-Jawhawk

What a game! Rock Chalk Jayhawks! *g*

So I think this is only the second or third basketball game I've ever watched all the way through, and what a game to have watched!

KU was behind for most of it, though they pulled ahead a few times. At about three seconds left in the game, they were still three seconds behind. Memphis was predicted to beat us. All seemed lost. The KU player who ran the ball down to the net slipped and fell before he could get off a shot, tossing it to a team-mate who jumped from outside the 3-point line... and made the basket!

Memphis made a crazy attempt to shoot from center court, but the game ended regulation time tied. Mind you, the enemy player who seemed to be their best defensive dude had fouled out shortly before this. As you can imagine, what with that big last-second swing and with Memphis handicapped defensively, KU walked away and won the NCAA championship! This is only KU's third championship ever, and the last one was 20 years ago.

About six of us boozed it up while watching the game at starstraf's house - replete with a kitty to sit on one's lap - and when that last-second 3-pointer tied things up, the hootin' and hollerin' caused kitty to launch from my, um, groinal region with great force. Only the adrenaline kept me from falling to my knees.

One of the things that made me laugh is that none of us would consider ourselves big b-ball fans, yet we had a blast. Oh, and then we watched the downtown Lawrence celebration on the local TV channel. Apparently something on the order of 40,000 people poured onto Mass. St. after the game, and on my way home jamer_31 and I drove along a parallel street where we could witness the insanity ourselves. Wow. A sizable percentage of town was on that street celebrating.

Whatta night!

Irritatingly, however, KU canceled classes tomorrow. This means my Tech Writing class loses an entire week, and this was to be a critical class. Now the students will have to work through some pretty challenging things on their own to complete and launch their websites by next week. I hope they do well!

Best,
Chris