so i'm pretty excited that the university of kentucky is getting ready to play their first game in the NCAA tournament. i grew up a huge UK fan because my dad was. growing up in kentucky i thought you either had to be a kentucky fan or a louisville fan. i never wanted to be a louisville fan. when i was younger i didn't really understand that basketball was a bigger thing here in kentucky than anywhere else on earth.
i remember one spring break, we went to alabama to visit my aunt and my dad couldn't go because of work. i don't remember how old i was, but i was old enough to be a UK fan without my dad telling me i should be. i was wearing my blue UK shirt with a pretty ferocious wildcat on it and i was ready to watch the game. UK was playing michigan in a pretty important game and i remember having to watch it by myself. my mom and aunt didn't really care about it and i was pretty upset. so i sat in a room by myself cheering my team on. it was the first time i'd ever really wanted them to win because i loved them, not because my dad loved them.
so to this day i'm still a pretty big UK fan. the only exception was when UK played WKU and western won! i wasn't turning my back on the cats, but at that point i had to root for my own school.
so my brothers and i spent some time a couple days ago filling out our bracket. as much as i'd love UK to win it all, i only have them going three games. hopefully they'll surprise me...i won't be losing any money. i have illinois, wake forest, north carolina, and duke in the final four. i guess we'll just have to see. i want to know your picks. who do you have in the final four, or who do you want to be the NCAA national champion?