All right, welcome back to sports week.  If you missed yesterday, then we’re talking sports all week.  If you’re not interested, that’s okay.  Next week we will be returning to our regularly scheduled programming.

So today is basketball.  Basketball is awesome.  To watch.  I prefer to watch college over pro.  And March Madness is one of my favorite times of the year.  But out of due diligence, let’s still start with pro.  They’ve been at it longer and deserve our attention.

I’m a Mavs fan.  What did you expect?  I live in Texas and I’m originally from Dallas.  I grew up with Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman.  I remember when Jason Kidd played for us the first time.  I’m a huge Dirk fan.  And so of course I was thrilled last year.  We were driving to camp in New Mexico, with the ESPNradio app on my phone plugged into the radio in the van, as the Mavericks won the NBA championship.  Brian, Cody, and I driving down the road, screaming in the van, hoping to find a truck stop where we could see the end of the game.  Great time.  Not so great this year.  But that is a good segue to…

My second team is the OKC Thunder.  And before you cry “bandwagon”, you need to know 2 things.  1) Kevin Durant played for the Texas Longhorns.  And 2) I was a Seattle Sonics fan before they moved to Oklahoma.  I have my old Gary Payton Sonics jersey hanging in the closet right now.  And since I wasn’t from Seattle, it didn’t hurt my feelings that they moved.  In fact, they came closer.  And I even went to college in Oklahoma.  Well, for one year.  But still it is a small connection.  Anyway, I loved the Sonics.  Payton, Shawn Kemp, Nate McMillan, Hersey Hawkins, Sam Perkins.  Loved those guys.  They are also some of my first basketball videogame memories, playing NBA Live and NBA Jam in the early 90’s.  So I’m glad they moved south.  I’m glad they turned into the Thunder.  I had my doubts both about Oklahoma and the name, but it seems to have worked out.  They’re young.  They play hard.  I like them.

Now I told you, I’m a college fan first.  I cheer for four teams: Texas, Arizona, Memphis, and whoever is playing Duke.  Seriously, I pick Duke to go out in the second round of the tournament every year.  No matter what.  It’s just on principle.  Now I don’t have any problem with Duke fan.  Whoever you are.  I’m glad you enjoy the team.  I just enjoy cheering against them.

Texas again is pretty obvious.  Home team.  Good basketball.  Coach Barnes goes to my church.  Didn’t have a great year this year, but I’m hoping with all our young players that we will be much more solid next year.

Arizona is a different story.  I have been an Arizona fan for a long time.  I loved Lute Olsen.  I loved how he coached, fundamentals and defense, and I loved how his teams played.  I think Sean Miller has done a great job stepping into this program.  They have a great recruiting class this year and should be really good.

Memphis is another hometown team.  I lived there for 7 years, and so I like to cheer for them.  That’s it.  Oh and they gave me an old Memphis State Basketball shirt from the old days.  Very cool.

I also like to play basketball.  Unfortunately I’m terrible.  No really, terrible.  But we have fun as long as we don’t have any angry serious players on the court.