I bleed purple and gold
As a child growing up in Friday Harbor, I can remember a high school stand out by the name of Andy Roberson, also from Friday Harbor, who dreamt of playing basketball for the Washington Huskies.
He was a three sport star, just like many athletic high schoolers, and he turned down a scholarship in baseball from Notre Dame to try his shot at walking on for the Huskies.
He did it, and gained notoriety as a Rudy-esque type of player, one who wouldn’t ever quit even though he was a five foot something white kid from an Island nobody had ever heard of.
And ever since that day he stole the ball from Jason Kidd, and dribbled down the court to make a layup, the Huskies have been in me.
Purple and gold till the day I die. Those are the colors of the Friday Harbor Wolverines, and those are the same color of my NCAA team, the Washington Huskies.
The pride of Seattle
Husky basketball has been a part of the city of Seattle for many many years now. Well before the Sonics ever landed, and now still after they departed.
Sure Seattle U gets to actually wear the name Seattle on their chests, but no other basketball team in the state of Washington compares to the product that the Huskies put on the court year after year.
Not only that, but just look at the NBA players that have come out of Washington too. A ton more than any of the other 3 big time NCAA programs in the state.
Hec-Ed gets filled to the rafters for each home game, unlike that of the cross city rival Redhawks who play at the Key Arena.
I don’t need the NBA to get my fix
With the departure of the Sonics, as noted above, it actually helped intensify my love for the Huskies. Gone are the days of listening in on Kevin Colabro, now, its the legend himself, Lenny Wilkens who gets my time.
Coach Lorenzo Romar, a Husky alum, has had this team at the top of the Pac-12 standings going on ten years now.
Since I have no NBA team to cheer for anymore, it is fun to watch my former Huskies players play in the NBA. Except when they land in Portland, like Roy did.
As much as I love the Huskies, I HATE the Cougars that much more. And what NCAA fan doesn’t love to see their team clobber the cross state rivals on a regular basis.
I guess it’s not the Cougars fault that nobody wants to go all the way out to BFE Pullman to play sports, but I’m not complaining one bit.
They can hang on to the past memories of Craig Ehlo all they want, while I look back on the one and only Detlef Schremp.
Basketball, like any other sport brings fans, families, and strangers together. For either love or hate, it is a bond that will stick with someone for the rest of their lives.
The Huskies have provided me with more than a few of these types of memories. But the one that stands out the most, is when my fellow Wolverine finally made his dream come true, and was a member of the University of Washington Huskies basketball team.