So after following UofA basketball for the better part of the past 20 years, the program has given me a series of firsts. Here are the highlights of that long, joyous journey.
1989 - Getting Steve Kerr's autograph at the Tucson Mall just after the Sun's had drafted him.
1997 - Actually having a team to cheer for in the National Championship Game
2000-2001 - Seeing the fans and players support for Lute and Bobbi during the toughest times of their lives
2001 - REALLY having a team to cheer for in the NC game (win it for Bobbi).
2002 - Meeting Channing and Luke Walton on campus. Seeing Lute in person for the first time.
2003 - Going to a sports bar to watch UofA against Gonzaga in the NCAA tournament. Somehow found the only bar in Arizona with 20 (no joke) Gonzaga Alums in it that day.
2005 - The unbelievable defeat at the hands of Illinois. Rest of the night I couldn't believe what I had just witnessed.
2006 - Sneaking into the lobby of MY wedding reception to watch some non-UofA tourney games .
2006 (next day) - Postponing my honeymoon so we wouldn't be traveling when UofA faced Villanova in the tourney.
2007 - Attending my first game at McKale.
So lots of ups and downs, and there are many, many more, but these are the ones that really stick out. Unfortunately 2008 will bring a whole new first for me. Watching the Selection Sunday show with some sort of anticipation. I have watched in the past, to see what seed we would be given, but this is the first time I will be watching to see if we are in at all....