I am a hardcore Michigan basketball fan, and have blogged about the team many times on this site. Michigan lost on Saturday to Oklahoma. For those who roll that way, here is a picture of what happened:
Yet, I am happy and highly satisfied. The last games of the season show why:
2007-Tommy Amaker is our coach. We choke away our two different games against Ohio State at the end of the season which potentially could have gotten us into the tournament, continuing our streak of futility. Our only question would be if he was fired yet. I skipped the NIT game because I just didn’t care. He was fired on St. Patrick’s Day. It was a great day.
2008-John Beilein is our new coach. I had lots of hope, but those hopes were bashed against the rocks when it came time for Big 10. I understood it was his first year with an absurdly young roster and an entirely new system, but that was horrible. The losing grated and I just didn’t care enough to go to the last home game. It took a lot to get to that point.
2009-I come into the season hoping for a tournament bid. My wildest hopes are exceeded when we beat both UCLA and Duke. Big 10 season was a little rough, but the team pulled together to have huge victories against Minnesota and Purdue to clinch a tournament spot. Once we got into the tournament, I was happy. To win that first game was amazing. To keep the game against Oklahoma close, against a team that was much better than us and had the national player of the year on it was extraordinary. The best part was how I watched it. I was at Dance Marathon at the time surrounded by a huge crowd of fans, living and dying on every shot, free throw, and rebound. Michigan Basketball had finally arrived. I proudly watched the last seconds tick away in our season, but I was happy. For once.