Follow the bouncing ball?

February 23, 2013

Hi Folks, weekend guy Keith K. here, pondering the big game on the SU hill today.  Sports talk within the Galaxy family is usually saved for our sister stations that air the games and provide a place to talk about the games too.  But when it comes to SU basketball, I think we can talk here too. 

You know how I know?  My mom. 

When I spoke to her on the phone the other day, she asked me what I thought about the Orange this year, and if they have what it takes to go to the Final Four.  My mom is as far from a sports fan as you can imagine, but the SU basketball team has captured her attention, as it has the attention of tens of thousands of us.  At least 35-thousand plus will be at the Carrier Dome for the final home Big East contest against Georgetown. 

I can remember as a teen watching and listening to the games on the radio. Those games were played at Manley Field House, and everyone at school would be talking about the game the next day, so not watching, was not an option. 

Fast forward to 2013 and that conversation with my mom.  It hit me that as a city and community, we tie a lot to the local sports team.  When they do well and climb the polls, people here pay attention.  It gives us a reason to wear orange.  It gives us pride.  It gives us something to talk about at the water cooler.   It gives us a reason to feel good, a shared experience that is uniquely Central New York. 

And, it gives me the chance to talk sports, with my mom.