There’s a little Blue Devil in me during March
Marie Bakken

During March Madness I usually seem to find myself wearing more blue than maroon. Ever since I was introduced to college basketball by my dad and brothers I have been a Duke Blue Devils fan.

I love the program, I love Coach Krzyzewski (Coach K to us loyal fans), heck, I even love watching their mascot.

I’ve written in this space before about my bucket list of things I’d like to see and do. Recently I added going to Cameron Indoor Stadium to my list. My brother Chad wants to go too, but he wants it to be a Duke-North Carolina game. So if anyone can hook us up next season, let me know.

I loved watching Grant Hill, Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley. In my younger days I proudly told my dad I was going to marry Bobby Hurley. He reminded me I needed to meet him first. That still hasn’t happened. (I love you Buck.)

It was exciting to see Coach K snag his 900th career victory on Sunday with a 73-71 big dance win over Michigan. He is so deserving of it and I can’t wait to watch him coach in person.

College basketball is something I like to follow, but we don’t watch it much on the television at the Bakken household. Reason being, the hubby doesn’t like it when I scream at the referees knowing that they can’t talk back at me. It is really funny when my young children Bradley and Hannah come in the living room wanting to know why Mommy is yelling at the TV.

Watching sports was introduced to me at a very young age and it is in my blood. Whether it was on the TV or watching my four older siblings play sports, I have always been a fan.

I really do hope Duke can pull off another national title for Coach K this year, however, if I was a bettin’ girl, I’d have to put some money on another blue team, Kansas, to win it all. Gotta stick with the Big XII when you can.

BILLY CLYDE IS BACK— After a four year absence, Billy Clyde Gillispie is back courtside in the Big XII conference. The Abilene, Texas native inked a five year deal on Sunday with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He replaces Pat Knight who left after this season.

Gillispie took Texas A&M to back-to-back NCAA tourney appearance and as far as the Sweet 16 in 2007. After that season he left Aggieland to coach at the University of Kentucky.

Two unsuccessful season and a DWI later, Gillispie was fired in 2009.

I am thinking his return to Reed Arena in College Station next season will not be a warm welcome.

STARSTRUCK—A couple of weekend’s ago my 13-year-old neice Keely and I were in the College Station Walmart shopping. Now when I was a teenager I remember the feeling of getting “star struck” at seeing someone I thought was famous. It was just so cool.

She has been going to A&M games of all sports since she was born, so you’d think seeing Naismith Trophy finalist and Lady Aggie basketball player Danielle Adams at the grocery story wouldn’t be so exciting, but for my niece it was.

We caught a glimpse of her as she rounded the corner. Keely took off in almost a dead sprint to catch her. I don’t know what all was said, but the smile on Keely’s face said it all.

The 5ive

Five most exciting things about March Madness, in no particular order:

• Bracketology, it should be a sport of its own.

• The upsets/Cinderella stories.

• Having an excuse to stay up late because the games are running long.

• The crazy fans. You paint your whole body blue, really?

• Dick Vitale, yea baby.

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