The Kansas Jayhawks are 8–0 for the first time since 1909

This has been a great year to be me, sports­wise. Of course, I’m going to curse it all now, but it may be that every­one needs a lit­tle hum­bling, right? (Nev­er­the­less, I’m knock­ing on all the wood I can find.)

I’m not what you would call a sports fan. I like the com­pe­ti­tion, I like root­ing for a team and see­ing them win. I grew up over­seas, and I remem­ber a Mundi­al between Argenti­na and Ger­many. As it became increas­ing­ly clear that the Ger­mans were hand­ing it to the Argen­tines, I got so upset I took my bike out and rode around the neigh­bor­hood. It was crush­ing, and I was… twelve, prob­a­bly. [And on doing research, I can’t find a game I would have watched between Argenti­na and Ger­many that Argenti­na lost… so, so much for mem­o­ry. Ed.] I used to watch some soc­cer, some bas­ket­ball, but I was nev­er a stats-track­ing, game-going, fan.

Then i came to the US, and went to col­lege in Rhode Island (a state that calls Boston teams home), and was steeped in New Eng­land sports. So I have been (and most cer­tain­ly am today) a Boston sports fan. Watch­ing the Patri­ots play unde­feat­ed foot­ball has been fun all sea­son. Not that I get many of the games here, but some make it through. It is dou­bly fun because we were in Min­neso­ta for the year of Randy Moss’ break­out, and it is good to see him back. Watch­ing the Red Sox last night was lots of fun, too, espe­cial­ly when it looked like the Rock­ies were going to spoil it. I used to watch a lot of base­ball (and even attend­ed some Paw­sox game dur­ing col­lege), and I have enjoyed the play­offs this year.

But I live in Kansas now, and watch­ing the unde­feat­ed Kansas Jay­hawks (KU’s col­lege foot­ball team) play foot­ball has been a blast. They played a pow­der-puff non-con­fer­ence sched­ule, but in the last three weeks have played tough road games and still won. Last year, our first col­lege foot­ball sea­son in Kansas, the team lost a large num­ber of games in the last quar­ter. This year, they are putting those games away. It actu­al­ly reminds me a lot of the years we spent in Iowa, when Kirk Fer­entz was just get­ting the Iowa foot­ball pro­gram back on its feet. Watch­ing this lit­tle team that could was great. The wife and I have fond mem­o­ries of week­ends spent work­ing on the house, or in the yard, with the game on the radio. And we’re build­ing that here, too.

[A note of con­do­lence for the Iowa foot­ball fans this year… sor­ry about your sea­son.]

And, of course, we have col­lege bas­ket­ball to look for­ward to, start­ing this next week! Would it be greedy to hope for their suc­cess, too?