The current world series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets reminded me of this story. When I went to school in KC, a friend of mine at a Royals home game met a Yankees player’s wife. In conversation she said “we like to come to Kansas City when we want to get out of the city.” 🙂 Even so, go Royals!
March means college basketball, and I’ve watched a lot of basketball over the years. Since my earliest memories only go back to about 1980, here are the best college teams I remember watching (the year is the “spring date” of the season):
2) 1996 Kentucky Wildcats: Rick Patino never gathered a more talented and disciplined group.
3) 1984 Georgetown Hoyas: Patrick Ewing led team was dominating in every way.
4) 1990 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels: It was hard to see Dallas native Larry Johnson play outside of Texas, but the pure talent on this team may be unmatched by any other team.
6) 1994 Arkansas Razorbacks: A solid team led by Corliss Williamson, and cheered on by President Clinton. This was a fun era for the state of Arkansas.
7) 2007 Florida Gators: The most under-appreciated back-t0-back champions in NCAA history.
8) 1993 North Carolina Tar Heels: This incredibly talented team helped Dean Smith seal a legendary career, and quiet Michigan’s “Fab Five.”
9) 1983 Houston Cougars: The only team on my list that didn’t win it all. Akeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler led a team that should have never lost to NC State. However, the dominance of the Cougars made the NC States upset win more meaningful.
10) 2008 Kansas Jayhawks: This team could run, as they upheld the KU tradition of winning with Coach Bill Self’s first championships.
in no particular order:
Dominance in sprinting by Michael Johnson in 1996. This fellow Texan made his hometown of Dallas proud!
Flo Jo. Just a fun name to say.
The 1984 Men’s Gymnastic team gold medal. A few weeks later I met the team members when they toured the Irving Mall (Irving, TX).
The 1984 basketball team, which was the last college team to win a gold in basketball, before the pros started competing. My favorite player at the time, John Koncak of SMU, was on that team. A young guy named Michael Jordan was pretty good, too (you may have heard of him).
By far, the 1984 Olympics in Los Angelas made the most impression to me. I was nine years old, and had never seen the Olympics (the US boycotted the 1980 games in Moscow). It’s fun 28 years later seeing my 8 and 10 year old boys discover the Olympics.
Tommorrow night begins the College Football season. Instead of boring you with the same top 5 list everyone has for the 2009 college football season (i.e. 1. Florida 2. Texas 3. Oklahoma), I want to give some less obvious predictions:
– Tennessee’s quarterback Jonathan Crompton will have an all-conference season.
– Someone besides Ohio St or Penn St. will win the Big Ten. Look for Iowa or Illinois to surprise that conference.
– Vanderbilt will scare LSU to death in Death Valley on September 12th. I can’t predict a win, but it very will could be.
– Oklahoma State will beat either Texas or Oklahoma. The Cowboys are really good.
– Baylor will beat Texas A&M and Texas Tech, and return to a bowl for the first time in years. Go Baptist! I mean Bears!
– Kentucky will take a step back, but Rich Brooks is still a great coach.
– This will be the last year Gary Patterson will coach TCU – my childhood team. TCU will have another strong season, and some major conference, state school would be silly not to hire him away from Ft. Worth.