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Destined To Lose?
I'm pretty sure Arizona is going to lose today. You see, I really want them to win. I've rooted for them before. Back in 1997, when the Cats won it all, Kim was even happy for Lute alongside me after watching Miles Simon and company dethrone the other Wildcats. This is the first time, though, that I've been really invested in a particular group of players. Maybe it's because I see my former student Jack, a team manager, on the bench next to the coaches during games. Maybe it's because I've sat next to the player's families for four years running now during the Cal Bears' annual plastering in Tucson. Maybe it's just because I'm finally feeling like this place is a "home." Whatever the reason, though, I fear that I'm about to be disappointed.
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siyeh From: siyeh Date: March 26th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like that what you said about the place feeling like "home."

I've thought a lot about what Ohio State means to me, and why I'm sure I'll never have a feeling like I did in the Horseshoe during a last second victory. So I went back and started sifting through some old pictures, and I realized that they are full of friends, family, and the simple pleasures of ritual, tradition, beer, chants, and most of all, the most intense feeling of home I've ever experienced. And it's not just me. It's looking out over the grassy oval, criss-crossed with the shadows of oak trees, and imagining my parents running across there with the victory bell ringing. It's knowing my brother will, too.

So I felt myself getting a little into Wildcats basketball, and it doesn't bring up quite the same memories, but it brings up something just a little different. Instead, I pictures good conversations with the people I care about in Tucson. I don't necessarily picture myself at a game (I've been to exactly two football games, no basketball games)--but I picture what has now come to mean home to me.

At Ohio State, I guess, it was much more of a metaphoric connection. Being at those football games represented community, tradition, family, simplicity. Here at UofA, I guess it's more of a metonymic connection.

But it's still a really strong connection.

It almost makes me want to sing "Bear Down, Arizona." But instead, I think I'd rather sing "Buckeye Battle Cry."
From: catfishvegas Date: March 27th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Now, I'd hate to place all the blame for that loss on you, but I couldn't help but notice the connection between this post and the one after it. The true nature of a fan is positivity before the big gam, not thoughts of doom (Cubs variety exempted, the only exist with thoughts of pre-doom). For my part I didn't even consider the prospect of a loss until the final buzzer, when it hit cruel and harsh, ruining the rest of my day, weekend and likely month.
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