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This is the time of the year where basketball shines, you wake up everyday and check your bracket and curse to yourself because honestly how did that #12 seed beat that #5 seed? North Dakota State, I’m looking at you.
So far as of today I already got 3 picks wrong:
North Dakota State
Come on the state of Ohio, can you be nicer to a girl?
And you might not think this bracket means anything but when you do brackets with family, they mean everything. Weeks of pride and glory will continue. So far, I’m tied in first with my father, but if my father is reading this, I’m coming for you!
As a kid, I loved basketball. I played on basketball teams of all types, elementary, middle school, high school and AAU. I wore the sneakers and the head band, I watched every game that was on TV and my room was covered in Startling Line Up Dolls from all my favorite basketball players. Actually, want to know what my first website ever was? It was a “Pamela2323” website dedicated to my favorite person, Michael Jordan. I wish I could still find that website, I’m sure it’s a marvel to look at! Just today we were cleaning out the loft and I came across a big book of basketball cards that I collected as a kid, all organized by player and rookie season. Of course the first page is all special Michael Jordan cards.
Basketball has continued to be a love although I don’t play often anymore. We still occasionally play a pickup game at the playground where sometimes people watch us play and I get super embarrassed about. Fact: Matthew has never beaten me in a game of HORSE. I would like to state on that record. I am undefeated throughout 11 years. Girl’s got a shot. And now that we live in a big city, we have access to many basketball games we can go to. That’s why that when the New Jersey Nets became the Brooklyn Nets, we had to have season tickets. This is the 2nd year they’ve been here and we’ve had season tickets for both years, it still blows my mind that we walk to a NBA basketball game from our house. Speaking of, there’s a game tonight we’ll be heading to. GO NETS.
Let’s take a quick look back.
Here’s me in the early years, my number was always 23. I like how I paired my jersey with Chicago Bulls shorts.
And here’s when I won a shooting award and needed to wear my full Bulls warm up suit for the post celebratory picture.
The weirdest thing about this picture is that my style pretty much never changed after this. I need to find this hat again. And that cardigan.
And then there’s AAU basketball, with my headband and giant Nike AIR sneakers. Look at my massive muscles too. I think this picture was taken at Princeton, it was pretty cool to get to play there, even if I had to be number 14 that year due to sizing.
But what was my college team of choice? That was easy.
The love was strong for Michael Jordan so The University or North Carolina (UNC) Tarheels was always my team. How much? Check out my birthday cake when I was 13.
And my UNC t-shirt. All I wore for a large part of my youth was basketball clothes. I still love those sneakers by the way.
So I love basketball, but as a viewer, there’s something extra special that comes along with this time of the year. SNACKS!
Thanks to #DRMunchMadness and #CollectiveBias I headed over to my local Duane Reade to pick up some Munch Madness snacks for the upcoming games. I had a few things in mind:
First, I was able to get the “Sweets” part pretty quick. These cookies are called Dunkers, can they be more perfect?
Then for snacks I got some Kettle Chips and my new obsession Honey Wheat Braid pretzels. Have you tasted these? They are so good.
For finger foods, I browsed the frozen food section and found both mini hot dogs and bbq chicken wings. For the wings I got a few boxes because as a wing lover I knew I’d be back for more and more.
I wanted to do something cute with the finger food, so I set them up on a board or plate with basketball themed cards in front of them. You can do this for all your snacks! It’s fun coming up with names. I thought Slam Dunk Dogs and Pass The Wings were perfect for these finger foods.
See you on the court!
Tell me do you follow basketball? What’s your team you root for?