Friday, March 30, 2012

NCAA Final Four – Dancing On Bourbon Street: A Short Message To The Players




Ahh, the smooth sounds of jazz in the air, not followed far behind by the tempting scent of fresh seafood and the chatter of the locals just eager to share a story.

This, my friends, is New Orleans.

If you have ever had the chance to visit, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And why I, in my opinion, and that’s the only one that matters, right?, believe the remaining teams have already won the top prize.

Oh sure, they would love to cut down the nets, heck; who wouldn’t? But I say, let basketball escape you for just a moment and enjoy your surroundings.

With all the pressure put on kids nowadays in high profile sports, it seems they don’t even have the chance to experience what they have actually accomplished.

A once in a lifetime opportunity.

The Final Four teams ‘Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Kansas’ shouldn’t so much be worried about winning the game(s) in New Orleans, they should be worried about living.

Wins. They come and go. But an experience such as New Orleans, might be a once in a lifetime occurrence.

Now of course winning the national title might be the same once in a lifetime chance, but this is college, not business. These KIDS should be out there enjoying every last drop of a culture they might never get the chance to experience ever again; at least not in this first class way.

Basketball will always be there in some way, shape or from. Life experiences can’t be taken for granted.

So Wildcats, Cardinals, Buckeyes and Jayhawks, take a tip from me: Enjoy this. You have earned it. Don’t look back saying the only part of New Orleans you saw was the Superdome. Yeah, it’s cool, but in the end, all basketball courts are the same.

New Orleans? It’s a whole other world.



3 comments :

  1. I'm pretty sure a NCAA championship would trump any sort of experience the players would ever have on Bourban street and enjoying the sights. A good majority of these kids will either be playing in the NBA or for a team oversees, I'm sure they will all have plenty of chances to "see and experience" the world! You're a joke and this site loses validity when you write.

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  2. Most of these kids are going to be in the NBA? I doubt that. The ratio of kids going to the NBA and staying, are very, very low. I just think we overlook the fact that they are kids. Basketball isn't life. Sports isn't life. No matter how much you believe it is because you probably don't have a girlfriend, so sports and internet porn are really all you have. I just think these kids need to get more out of the experience than just winning or not winning. And, if like you said, these kids are going to be in the NBA, should they really put the weight of the world on their shoulders for these games? No, they never should. They should take this time and spend it with their friends and teammates. Just enjoy the whole experience. Sure I said in the title "bourbon street" but it's New Orleans in general. And it this was being played in Bum F$*k Egypt, I would say the same. Wins come and go man.

    It's fine if you don't like my write ups. Doesn't hurt my feelings at all. If everyone loved everything about everyone this would be one boring ass world. So I thank you for your harsh comments. Made my day. Thanks my friend.

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  3. Ken - 1 vs. Anonymous guy who likes ripping other people's work and taking it way too seriously to the point that he takes time out of his obviously not so busy day to write a comment and take a personal shot at the writer of a light hearted story - 0

    Even if Ken didn't eviscerate your lame take Anonymous he won the fight the second you didn't put even a fake name to your dumb ass comment. Tell you what, if you don't like Ken's writing we don't give a flying f and if what you are going to add to this site when you do come is stupid crap like that comment we'd rather you stick to reading box scores where it will be easy for you to get your "Who done won da game..derrr?" question answered. Peace!

    Oh yeah thanks for reading... ;)

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