What a fabulous time we had last night kicking off the regular season for
High School BULLDOG BASKETBALL!
Basketball season in Van Buren has always been a pretty big deal. And that’s putting it mildly. We are a little Ozark town, nestled in the hills, that LOVE our Bulldogs. Especially basketball. Being a summertime tourist town, we have always said that “there’s nothing else to do here in the winter except play basketball.” And there’s a lot of truth to that. And this has led to a legacy of Bulldog pride, fun rivalries, and passionate fans.
And boy did we have all three present last night!
This year’s regular season kicked off with the annual Yellow Sucker Game, a game rich in tradition here in Carter County between the two schools in the county, Van Buren and Ellsinore. The “county basketball championship” so to speak, features a traveling plaque adorned with the aforementioned fish and representing all the glory of the county title.
It is always one of the biggest and most fun games of the year, with packed gymnasiums full of passionate fans. [And yes, I’m a little scared to know that there is a camera on me at a basketball game. Yikes!]
And yes, I about died when I saw these pictures this morning. I thought, “OMGosh. We are THOSE parents.” Luckily our kids laughed right along with us and didn’t slink away in total humiliation.
But when your KID is on the floor, and especially LAST night when he’s having such a bang-out game, it’s SO HARD to sit still!!! My right leg was actually sore last night from jumping up and down on it all evening!
Have I ever mentioned that #40 is my favorite number?
For good reason [circa 1994]
And have I mentioned that my kid has skills?!
He scores… [ahem, 32 points last night]
And whether or not we win, he makes us very proud.
Yes, even with a Nike symbol and his number shaved into the sides of his head (and colored with black eyeliner so you could see it in his white-blond hair). BTW- can we be compensated for using his head as a billboard??
AND with the Varsity victory, the FiSH stays with Van Buren for the 8th straight year!
Way to go, Bulldogs!
Cheer loudly, smile big, and enjoy every moment, friends.