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I should have booked plane tickets and a hotel room ahead of time, just in case. But honestly, some good old-fashioned superstition took hold — I just didn’t want to jump the gun and jinx their chances. So, perhaps a little like Bilbo, I scrambled to put this last-minute adventure together.
It may not be on your standard calendar, but March 25 is “Tolkien Reading Day,” a day dedicated to the fantasy works of J.R.R. Tolkien. I confess: I’ve never really read any of “The Lord of the Rings” books myself, but my wife is a big fan. So, in honor of the author’s first adventure in Middle Earth, I thought I’d share some unexpected journeys of my own. The first came almost exactly a year ago. The NCAA tournament was in full swing, and I was watching the proceedings with growing interest. Normally, I’m not one to make brackets or get too invested in the “madness,” but this year was different. This year, my team was winning. Basically, I was born into the Texas Tech fandom. My dad graduated from the school, and I remember rooting for the teams since I was a kid. This appreciation for the Red Raiders only deepened when I was accepted to the school myself. I wound up getting my undergrad and law degrees there, and I made it to almost every home game for our basketball team. Still, I never would have imagined we’d get as far as we did in 2019. Don’t get me wrong, Texas Tech has always had a strong basketball team, but compared to the national heavy hitters with massive athletic budgets, we seem eternally destined to be the underdog. This didn’t seem to matter last year, however, when the Raiders managed to win upset after upset, surprising even die-hard fans like me. When they reached the semifinals, I knew I had to go to Minneapolis to see the final game. March Madness and the Grand Canyon
I WAS GOING TO SEE THE TEAM I’D ROOTED FOR SINCE I WAS A BOY PLAY BASKETBALL AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL —THATWASWORTH RISKING SOME BED BUGS.
The plane tickets weren’t too much of an issue, but finding a place to stay the day of the finals was next to impossible. I wound up settling for a motel room that left much to be desired, but I didn’t care. I was going to see the team I’d rooted for since I was a boy play basketball at the highest level — that was worth risking some bed bugs. The sports fans reading this already know how this story ends. After a nail-biting game, Texas Tech ultimately lost in overtime, but I certainly didn’t regret the journey. Being in that stadium, I felt just like I did cheering on the Raiders in college, with one key difference: My work as a lawyer made their uphill battle feel very familiar. Being a defense attorney asked to square off against the government and all their resources can feel a lot like playing as the underdog. The fighting spirit Texas Tech brought to the entirety of that tournament was a testament to the kind of attitude that shapes great attorneys and athletes alike.
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