On most Saturdays during college basketball season, I can be found beside by TV set wearing my Duke Blue Devil shirt and hat. Yeah, I know it’s silly, but I’m firmly convinced they can’t win without me. You see, Coach K is really channeling for me during those time outs when he lays down the law and the Blue Devils return to the floor guns a’blazing.
Until recently, I’d never had cause on game day to don my circa 1980s gray Harding sweatshirt with the frayed, black and gold stitched letters. But last Saturday I had the opportunity to wear two different shirts on the same day as the Harding Bisons defeated longtime rival Henderson State 72-59 before a packed Rhodes Fieldhouse and a national audience on CSTV.
I was proud of the way they played, spreading the floor and sharing the ball with some good old fashioned back door cuts and give and gos, and most especially of the way my alma mater (and the Rowdies) got all gussied up for the occasion. The announcers were basically going ga-ga over the first class job the Rowdies and the entire university community did in making it a great experience for all. Well, all except the Reddies that is.
And as this picture of the Rowdies by Alumni Director Liz Howell clearly shows, there is a senior thesis for some enterprising psychology major at Harding just begging to be written.
Many thanks to the folks at CSTV for taking a chance on little ol’ Harding University–we may be small, but we pack a wallop. Let’s just make this a tradition, shall we?
I’ll even keep pulling out the circa 1980s gray Harding sweatshirt with the frayed, black and gold stitched letters.