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Moving On

Posted: March 19, 2013 in Sports
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UKThis was a very tough year and a tougher week for those of us who are die-hard University of Kentucky Wildcat basketball fans.  Coming off last year’s eighth national championship season, it was a bitter pill to swallow not making it into the field of 68 teams for the NCAA tournament.  I really had no desire to watch an NIT game Tuesday night in hopes of coming in as the 69th place team for the season, so it’s just as well that my bare bones basic cable package doesn’t include any ESPN channels.  We lost our opening game of the NIT to end the pain.

So how does a fan react to that?  UK fans are not accustomed to failing to make the NCAA tournament.  Anything less than a championship is a less-than-acceptable year for us.

Humble pie tastes like crap, but it’s occasionally good for us.  In fact, I wrote a blog post about it last year regarding a work-related matter.

The best thing to do is for coaches and players to learn from the experience and set their sights to next season.  Big Blue Madness is only 210 days away!  For fans, it’s time to stay loyal to the winningest program in all of college basketball, to be proud of our history, to believe in its future, to support the team and cheer them on to a better season next year.

It would be nice if my Facebook and Twitter feed wasn’t filled with UK haters that get their kicks from derogatory remarks about our bad year.  If the tables were turned, I know I would not be gloating or making fun of my team’s rivals if they had a bad year because I respect the feelings of my many friends in Louisville and elsewhere who have other loyalties.  I only wish they shared the same concern for my feelings.

What’s done is done.  It’s time to move on, whether the topic is sports or other more meaningful aspects of life.

When the Powerball lottery jackpot gets as high as it was today ($550 million), lots of people buy tickets that don’t normally buy them, myself included.  The common question is “What would you do if you won?”  Answers range from traveling the world to paying off debt to taking care of family, quitting our jobs, buying a new home and car, donating to charity, etc.  It’s fun to imagine what you might do if given the opportunity to decide what to do with that amount of cash.

For those brief hours or days before the drawing, you have a tiny bit of hope within – not an expectation of winning given the astronomical odds, but at least a small hope that it might happen.  For all but the very lucky few winners, that hope is dashed once the numbers are drawn and you go back to the reality that is and likely will remain your life.

There is nothing wrong with hope.  Hope is good.  But the best hope is that which is placed in people or circumstances not likely to disappoint.  Trustworthy family and friends, solid coworkers, the results of one’s own hard work over time – these are more deserving sources of hope.  For me, my Christian faith and confidence in what God has done and will do trump all other sources of hope.  In that sense, I’ve already won more than a lottery jackpot could ever provide.

I’m not saying to never buy lottery tickets (since I do it myself on rare occasion).  I’m just saying to remember not to put all your hope there.

Leap year lesson #332 is Place your hope in that which does not disappoint.