Thoughts on the Jayhawks’ NCAA Championship

by Eric Ecklund-Johnson

I will admit that I am a convert to Jayhawk basketball. I was once indifferent to their wins, losses, and frequent early exits from the NCAA tournament; however, the scales fell from my eyes shortly after I accepted a job at the University of Kansas Hospital and I have seen the light. I watched with the zeal of the converted as they advanced through the NCAA tournament, appeared to be the least likely of the Final Four participants to win it (based on having squeezed by Davidson to get in), and seemed to be hopelessly behind in the late moments of regulation during the title game. While my daughter fell asleep on the couch next to me, I watched their improbable overtime victory and enjoyed it thoroughly. Although I am now biased, I would guess that most would have to admit that it was one of the most exciting moments in NCAA championship history and, for the first time since the 1991 World Series, I was really cheering for champions (sorry Red Sox, Patriots, and Cornhuskers—while I certainly hoped you would win, you never quite seemed like “my” teams—I am sure that you will eventually get over this slight). I could get used to this.

Eric Ecklund-Johnson is a neuropsychologist at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

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