My blog is not a sports blog... nor do I plan to blog about sports much going forward - but I am just STILL so excited about the big win my alma mater pulled this past Saturday! Not only is it a huge deal that IU just beat the #1 ranked team in college basketball, but they also beat Kentucky - a school rival as well as a personal rival since all of my family members bleed blue! ESPN wrote about how the students reacted after the last 3 seconds of the game perfectly... and the videos are a must watch, they will make you wish you were back in college instantly! Personally, I love the videos so much because in 2001 I was in the middle of the madness just like the many students in these videos... and the excitement and loyalty at IU during basketball season (especially a good season) is something you can never describe to anyone!
When your once-elite program is down as long as Indiana has been down -- unranked for 1,372 days, the longest stretch in school history, with win totals of six, 10 and 12 games per season in each of the past three years -- and you upset the No. 1 team in the country in your own building, naturally, you, the fan, is going to be excited. Describing just how excited Indiana fans were after Saturday's win is, well, difficult. "Ecstatic" gets close. "Exuberant" is right there. But neither word, and none of their synonyms, can capture quite what the win touched off in Bloomington, Ind. Saturday night. For that, we go to the wonder of social media and homemade video. The first comes from inside Nick's, a classic college bar in Bloomington, where one Vimeo user had the foresight to get his camera-phone rolling just before Indiana forward Christian Watford hit the game-winning three.
The next comes from just outside Nick's -- you'll see the marquee in the video -- on Kirkwood Street in Bloomington, a batch of downtown bars and restaurants located just off Indiana's campus. Forget partying in the bars. Indiana students were on some next-level outdoor love-in swagger Saturday night:
Indiana students have been waiting a long time for something to celebrate (besides, you know, a home win over Illinois). On Saturday night, finally, they got it. And they certainly held up their end of the bargain.
....and so did the many Alumni across the country! We love our Hoosiers!!