…if we lose in the Final Four or even win the championship this year, that moment with my son, sitting in my lap, throwing his hands up, cheering as the Jayhawks took an even greater lead… that moment will be my One Shining Moment.
It was one of those moments that I wish I had a picture to prove it happened. A moment that will forever be etched in my memory. In a way, it was one of those moments that the month of March was made for… if you are a college basketball fan.
As the University of Kansas Jayhawks played for the championship of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament, there I was sitting on the floor. Not the couch because there is something about sitting on a couch that seems limiting when I want to cheer on my team. Ask my wife but the TV has to be eye level when it comes to major moments either in news or sporting events. I either have to stand if the TV is up on the mantel like our old house or sitting on the floor like now. It is my one thing that is strange when it comes to my viewing habit of sports, and I’m OK with admitting that.
There I was, sitting on the floor silently (not so silently) cheering on the Jayhawks when my son comes up and sits in my lap and asks, “Who do we want to win daddy?”
“We want the team in white to win, they are the Jayhawks bud.” I responded as I smiled with joy.
“Go Jayhawks! Rock Chalk Jayhawk!”
That is when my heart melted yet again and a tear started to roll down my cheek in pride. Sitting there with my son who was rooting for the same team I was, in my lap during what is an incredible run by the Kansas Jayhawks not only to win the Big 12 Tournament but to increase their chances to win it all. It in that moment that I flashed back to Marchs of old sitting with my dad, except on a couch, watching college basketball during what has become one of the best months on the calendar.
The Big 12 Tournament would end on Selection Sunday when I was a kid and after the championship game was over we would continue to sit there on that couch and watch the Selection Sunday Show (which was only an hour unlike the 2 hour monstrosity it was this year… but I digress). Afterword, we would discuss our brackets. I was such a Kansas fan back then that I would predict them to win it all each year through out my childhood despite my dad’s advice to pick someone else.
Sports was one of the few things that my father and I bonded over growing up. It still is today as a matter of fact. I realize that my son is only 5 and he might not understand the importance of the Kansas Jayhawks being the number 1 overall seed in this years tourney. What matters to me though is that we were able to share that one moment together sitting on the floor cheering when Wayne Seldon Jr. made a 3 point shot and we saw Uncle Anthony go crazy in the stands.
I wish that I had a picture of that moment. For me, it was THE moment of March… before the NCAA Tourney even starts.
No matter what happens in the next few weeks, if KU ends up being the first #1 seed to lose to a 16 seed, if we get stomped in the third round, if we lose in the Final Four or even win the championship this year, that moment with my son, sitting in my lap, throwing his hands up, cheering as the Jayhawks took an even greater lead… that moment will be my One Shining Moment.