Football has it's days—the Super Bowl, a perfect season. Baseball has some nice things to offer—homerun derby, Johan Santana.
But basketball, namely college basketball, just brings warm fuzzies to all fans.
Here are three reasons why...
1) The Coaching
It is often said that in the NBA the players win the ship, but in college it's all on the coach. For a small-town kid in Minnesota, I need to look no further than the Golden Gophers. I was unfortunate enough to watch a team lead by Dan Monson play so uncompetitively that I could have walked on and played (5'10", 200 lbs, slowest person ever). But alas, Tubby Smith was hired and things have changed.
No, the Gophers aren't winning any more games, but damn it, they look like they know what they're doing. Just Tubby's presence makes the team better. All of a sudden good high school players want to play in Minnesota and other teams can't just overlook the Golden Gophers...All because of the coach.
2) The Atmosphere
I think this goes without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway because I don't have a fourth thing to talk about. The pride that college fans bring to the game is second to none. From the "Crazies" at Duke to the "Maniacs" of Winona State (best Div. 2 team three years running) fans come out to cheer on their own.
Do the fans who go to watch Lebron James play have to sit through a three hour lecture about photosynthesis? I don't think so. College fans can relate to their team—they're friends and classmates. Nothing compares to the college atmosphere...Nothing.
3) The Dunks
Have you ever seen a group of people so focused on a goal? It's ridiculous how many dunks are even attempted. It's what makes the dunk so fun—you're teased all game with drives and slashes through the lane that end with a player flying towards the rim only to be fouled, have the ball slip, or just end in a wussy layup.
Then it happens, and always out of the blue. You can only think to yourself, "Man that was an ugly shot." And then out of nowhere another player comes flying in from your peripheral and BAM, he throws it down with such force you literally can't stop smiling for the next three minutes. After the dunk, reason number two is uncontrollable and reason number one looks like a genius.
Next time you get the chance, go to college game. Take part in the stupid chants, try and listen to what the coach is yelling to his players, hell, leave at half time for a beer or two...or five. Soak it in, it's the only time you'll be able to get away with it.
Oh yeah, I do have another reason: It's pretty good basketball too.
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