Being that my favorite sports team, the University of New Mexico men’s basketball Lobos, is seen by many of its fans to be “cursed,” I have always found long championship sports droughts to be interesting. Of course, the Lobo basketball team’s troubles could hardly be seen as a “drought,” as the position the fans hope for has never actually been reached by them. Basically, the Lobo basketball team has a long history of regular season success and conference championships, but they have never made it to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament. For the Lobo fan, a trip to the Sweet Sixteen would be a cause to celebrate similar to winning the national championship, even though it is not a feat that means a whole lot in the grand scheme of things.
I am certainly not a very big fan of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, but my heart definitely goes out to a city that has had such a long championship drought in any sport. While I was rooting for the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA Finals, there is a bit of a consolation in the fact that this city, which has had numerous struggles in areas other than just sports, finally got something in athletics to celebrate. Of course, I might also be lying if I were to tell you that I was not somewhat jealous of their celebration.
One of the great things about sports is the fact that it can bring people together who might otherwise have nothing in common. When I attend a Lobo basketball game, I meet a number of people from all walks of life who have one common goal: cheering on their favorite team. Hopefully my city and state will one day be able to celebrate the way they did in Cleveland.