Imagine my surprise as I was handed my ticket for flight to Evansville seeing First Class Priority on my voucher. While initially surprised, is it really that stunning ? The Chico State men’s basketball team has been nothing but first class during this magical 2013-2014 season.
The Wildcats are making their first ever trip to the Division II Men’s Basketball Elite Eight in Evansville, Indiana where they hope to add to this record-setting run.
Chico State has had a week to let the magnificence of last Monday’s comeback win over Cal State Stanislaus marinate in their minds. To be honest, it never gets old, it will never get old and for as long as I have cognitive thought, it will be one of the greatest sports memories I will ever have.
Now, as this group embarks on “the next biggest game” in the history of Chico State University, we are reminded during the Madness of this month why we love sport, and why we love competition. The Wildcats will play South Carolina-Aiken Pacers on Wednesday night. The Pacers are 32-3 and figure to be a tough challenge for the Wildcats. We will have time to break down the Pacers, but at this rate, unless “these” Pacers are running out Paul George and Roy Hibbert, the Wildcats will fear no one. Why the heck should they ? They are playing basketball deeper into any season than any other club in school history. They have advanced deeper into the NCAA Tournament than any other hoops team in school history. They came back from 15 and 18 point deficits in the second half in the NCAA West Regional just so they could hop on this flight to the Elite Eight. What ? These Wildcats worry ?
So, as I sit in a First Class seat, with a First Class team covering a First rate program, flying at 30 thousand feet, why should I not believe they can continue to make history ? They have believed all along, it’s just taken the rest of us a little longer to hop on board. I have……FIRST CLASS, all the way !