(BLOG) -- For those of you who do not know me personally, I am a hardcore University of Kentucky fan. My morning toast is branded with the team logo, I played the fight song at my wedding reception and my dog wears a Kentucky collar. I despise all things UofL, especially when it comes to football and basketball. My favorite college teams are UK and anyone who is playing UofL. I loathe Louisville so much so; I was even ready to cheer for Duke (who makes me puke) over the Cards. On Easter Sunday however, my heart changed in an instant.
When Louisville’s Kevin Ware went down Sunday everyone held his or her breath. It was the most gruesome injury I had ever seen in basketball. It was so devastating and I have no desire to ever watch the replay again. Suddenly the all-important red versus blue rivalry that I live by didn’t matter. The rivalry is supposed to be fun…this was serious. All that mattered in that moment was the well being of Kevin Ware.
My true blue heart had to be with this athlete. I couldn’t imagine how the coaches and players on both sides could finish the game. When play resumed I knew one thing for sure, I wanted Louisville to win. The team somehow came together and won for Ware.
Sunday also put everything back in perspective. That injured Cards player is a student athlete, playing the game that he loves. We put so much of our identity into these young athletes. We cry when our teams lose and we even cry when we win (at least I do). I thought that was the extent of emotion in sports but the real feelings, the human side of sports, was felt on Sunday.
Now back to the all-important rivalry. As much as it pains me to say, this is Louisville’s tournament to lose. So go ahead Louisville, win the big dance this year. As my dad tried to explain to me, it’s good for business when both Louisville and Kentucky succeed. So here it goes, I will NEVER write these words again but…Go Cards! Can’t wait to face you next season!
And Kevin Ware, I truly wish you the best! Big Blue Nation, and frankly the rest of the nation, is behind you 100 percent! #WinforWare
About me: I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Communications. I’ve worked with ESPNU, UK Student News Network, LEX18 and now I'm a web producer at WHAS11. I’m a loyal Kentucky Wildcats, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Lakers fan. Follow me on twitter @NickiSueNews.