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We’re Playing Basketball

This should get you in the mood to read this post.

I had never really been a basketball fan until I went to my first Mizzou basketball game. Everyone talked about how excited they were for basketball season, and that was just a foreign concept to me. In both professional and college sports, football is a much bigger deal than basketball. I’d gone to a few Hornets games to sing the national anthem in elementary school, but it was never an event like a Mizzou basketball game. I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited and alert than I was at the Mizzou vs. kU game in 2012 (just skip ahead to 0:44).  The atmosphere was absolutely insane, and I didn’t have a voice for a week afterwards.

Tonight I watched the end of ESPN documentaryThe Fab Five.” I thought I’d heard of them before, but I thought it was about a football draft until talking to my roommate.  I was skeptical at first, but it was such an emotional story and so well told. I was completely invested in not only the teams wins and losses, but their personal experiences of being thrust into the spotlight at such a young age. That’s why I love journalism. We get the opportunity to share amazing stories with the public, and, hopefully, leave people  feeling as good as that left me.