Mid October is a college basketball fanatic’s greatest joy, besides rumbling in the Final Four in early April. The squeak of high tops on the hardwood floors and the clank of the ball hitting the rim are welcome sounds after a long summer hiatus.
On certain years, my birthday falls on the eve of Duke basketball’s coined matchup called “Countdown to Craziness”. This event is the first time raging fans get a glimpse of the new team and all the preseason conditioning is put to the test.
We showcase our new blue and white gear, along with fresh kicks ready to cheer on the boys through the ups and downs over the next 5 month schedule grind.
While most fans revel in an explosive dunk or wild fast break, I love picking apart all the offensive sets and dissecting the defensive formations. A former point guard’s mindset never changes.
Then you just have to buckle up for the wild ride while teams learn how to play together, the freshmen grow into their roles, injuries plague certain squads, coaches push the superstars to elevate and team loyalty runs at an all time high.
While it is just a game, the contagious school spirit is so invigorating and addictive. Fall is easily my favorite time of year!