This post was originally meant as a reply to oldcat'69, but since it got a little lengthy and I didn't really want to clutter Tru's excellent piece entitled "They Little Knew of Brotherhood", I decided to make a fanpost out of it. Hat tip to you, oldcat'69 for such a great comment in that feature post and for stirring up the following thoughts in me.
The ‘09/'10 dreamlike season is now behind us and as far as sports, college basketball in particular, as that is my main sports hobby, my main passion, I'm left with a feeling of what's next, what do I do now? There are no Tuesday or Saturday games to prepare for and plan life around, there are no players to try to get to know and read endlessly about, there are no teams to try to scout out to see how good they might be and what we have to do to win the games, nope, there is none of that to concentrate on. The avid baseball enthusiasts among us can look forward to that pastime in order to get their sports fix, but I'm not an avid baseball fan and I'm really not a faithful NBA fan until the playoffs roll around, so as far as sports hobbies go, neither of those sports are a viable option in order to occupy the mind of this fan for the immediate future.
I do however love, love, love spring, and I know that the majority of you are already immersed in the glory of all that Spring has to offer, but I'm a bit behind in that regard due to my current geographical location. I'm dying to be out in the yard everyday working and playing, I'm ready to paint my toenails, I'm ready to wear sandals everyday to go with those painted toenails, I'm ready to go shopping for and wear fun spring clothes, but while I love to do all of the aforementioned things, in a way, it's bittersweet because while I can hardly wait to do all those things, the fact that I'm able to do them means that our basketball season is over, and that makes me a bit cheerless as I write this.
I know that our season was going to come to an end eventually as realistically it couldn't go on forever, but for me it seemed to come to an abrupt and sudden halt and I was totally unprepared. The sudden stop has left me with a pretty nasty basketball hangover and it doesn't really feel that great. I haven't thrown up and my head doesn't really hurt per se, but nonetheless the hangover is still there. Although I don't feel all that jovial and cheery at present, I have to say that what I had to do to achieve such a hangover was well worth it and I wouldn't take back one single drink, nope, I'll take all 38 drinks/games again with no complaints whatsoever. What a marvelous season it was, huh?
There were the early heroics of John Wall, the amazing growth and extreme maturation of our freshman both on-the-court and personally, the evolution of Patrick Patterson's game to include amazing range, the little noogie given by Coach Cal to a frustrated-at-the-time DeMarcus Cousins, the spectacular on-the-court chemistry that was created by our remarkable band of brothers (thanks, Tru, I really like that one), the John Wall dance, the countless interviews given by coach and players, alike, and the list goes on and on to reflect what great things were witnessed by all members of the BBN this season.
The above is but a small minutiae of what actually transpired over the course of this past season as there are plenty more memories to be mentioned, the above are just a few that stuck out in my mind as I'm writing this and I'm hoping that ya'll can share some of your favorite basketball memories of this past season, as well. We can make this post our intentional time capsule of ‘09/'10 memories, if you will? Share some things that really stood out in your mind, because after all, the memories are what we have and although the record books won't have our name in as the National Champion for 2010, we will have our memories, no one can take them from us and they have been great.
Well, now that the majority of the sappy stuff is out of the way (sorry, sometimes I get carried away, you'll have to forgive me), the question of "What's Next", still remains? We will more than likely keep an eye on the HS recruits that are of interest to us and I suppose a good portion of our time could be spent speculating on who might make the jump to the NBA and what our team will look like for next year, what our strengths and weaknesses might be, and so on and so on.
I know that many more memories will be made next year, and the year after that, and all who don the blue-and-white are going to be special in one way or another and each team has that distinctive something about them, but now as we fans all go on our merry way and enjoy a lovely spring and then a summer, enjoy our families, other sports we follow, or other random hobbies that we love, I just want to give a tip of my cowgirl hat to the ‘09/'10 ‘Cats who are responsible for delivering us out of the past few years of wreckage or doldrums, if you will, for giving us countless wonderful memories to pull from for years to come and gracing us with their unique and incredibly awesome personalities. I'm sure it's partly due to living in the moment, and not to get too sentimental here, but at present I just can't imagine that we will have a group like this one again soon, and gosh, darn it, I'm sure going to miss them. Thanks for the memories, fellas.