After last weeks interminable boredom, this has been a pretty great week to be a UK/sports fan. The coverage the Cats are getting at the Draft is tremendous, Rick Pitino admits that he loses everything (including his sanity) to Kentucky, the “Two Escobars” documentary was potentially the best since “Hoop Dreams” and today, the United States soccer team produced one of the most exciting moments in recent sports. I know that is a bold statement, but why not? If you watched the match, you saw the Americans miss chance after chance and be screwed out of a goal by a referee who continues the FIFA “anyone can call a match, so long as they are blind” tradition. But the USA overcame and kept going, scoring in injury time on a goal that produced my highest jump since the 2000 Transylvania Intramural basketball semifinal game vs the KAs (I hit the winning shot at the buzzer, producing tears that Brent Gilfedder, Craig Miller, Kevin Staton and the others still feel to this day). It was a special sports moment and probably my favorite “USA” sports event in history.
When it comes to sports, I root for Kentucky first…then way down the list is a tie for second between the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Bears. But besides that, my rooting interests are purely for great stories. Until today. There is something wonderful about being able to pull for your country, and since I was too young for Lake Placid and the “Miracle on Ice” in 1980, I really have had few chances to do it. Today was one of those moments and if you missed it, go and see it. I know its soccer, but it was a sports all-timer for me.