Until today, I had never heard of “Hoopspeak U” and knew nothing of its existence. But if writing like this is a part of it, then I will be a returning visitor. Writer Danny Nowell is a North Carolina fan who made a trip to Lexington to sample the bourbon and basketball of our fine area. And while there, he attended the UK-UNC game, producing one of the more entertaining articles I have read this year. Nowell is clearly a very good writer, giving us gems like this:
As the game started, the atmosphere in the building became as electric as any I’ve seen. We in Chapel Hill are as passionate about our Heels, but we carve opponents’ psyches with our condescending dignity; Kentucky concusses you with blunt-force excitement.
A truer description of the two teams’ in-game experiences has never been written. Nowell proceeds to talk more about the game atmosphere and tell of his encounter with a friendly Lexington couple who invited him to dinner. It is definitely worth the read. My favorite paragraph was this one:
During the game itself, whose particulars I will not comment on except to say that it was an exhausting and elating stretch where every minute movement on the court seemed to draw a thrilled agony from the crowd, I noticed that the Kentucky fans are some of the smartest basketball watchers I have seen. They gasp when Anthony Davis gets missed rolling to the hoop, and they cheer pre-emptively when Doron Lamb curls around a second screen on the baseline. And although I was not exactly a shrinking violet in my support of Carolina, the only time anybody even thought about heckling us was when a 14-year-old in front of us made “three goggles” at me with the peculiar sort of turdishness which is the true domain of 14-year-old boys.