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Basketball- nice to meet you

I know you'll never believe it when I say it, but I've NEVER been to a basketball game and I've watched maybe a total of 12 minutes of the sport on TV. I have no idea what the logistics are... completely ignorant when it comes to basketball.

Well, that all ended last night. My client was sponsoring the WSU game against Creighton, so I thought I should go. Our agency has season tickets so I snagged a pair and took my valentine to the basketball game. I told him on the way there that we could skip out after the first half or something, I wasn't really interested in staying.

Well that changed about a minute after we got there. That place was sold out, packed to the gills. A sea of yellow in all directions and a roaring thunder of cheers and clapping that never stopped. It was like OU football games, whether you cared for the team or not, you could not help but get swept up in all the excitement.

We had really decent seats. Shelton and I both screaming and clapping and cheering right along with everyone else. I just stood their completely unsure of why I'd never gone to an OU basketball game the entire time I was there. What the hell was I thinking?! This was really fun!

I was really pretty clueless to the length of the game as well. I was positive it had to be 3 periods, 20 minutes each, for a total of an hour of play time... like football!. That's why I thought they were a bunch of pansies for going to the locker room for a break after the first period.

With just a couple minutes left in the second period, the place was absolutely on fire. Score was neck-and-neck and WSU needed this win to put them in the #1 seat. People started putting their coats on and grabbing their belongings and I was kicked back, relaxed, thinking about going to get another drink. I couldn't believe people were leaving with sooooo much game time left.

We finally worked up the nerve and asked the man next to us, he let us know that the game was in fact only 2 periods long. 40 minutes of play time? Ok, then maybe I should put my coat on too. In the last second the teams were tied and it goes in to overtime. They played their hearts out in those five minutes and won at the buzzer with a beautiful shot.

So the Shockers welcomed me in to the world of hardwood and hoops. I feel like I've let OU down. But I'm determined to make it to one of their games now. Just like everytime I try some new food that I'm POSITIVE I'll hate, I'm pleasantly surprised to learn that I've been missing out on something.

im so sad you missed out on sooner hoops... what a great time. Loyd Noble really rocks for a big game.

-jim

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