For New Mexico Lobo fans, New Mexico’s trek through the NCAA tournament means much more than just watching their beloved Lobos compete for a national title. For many fans, the Lobos’ trek through the NCAA’s means being able to enjoy some things that are much more important than basketball.
For example, Albuquerque resident and Lobo fan Julian Anaya will use Thursday night’s game between New Mexico and Montana to spend some extra quality time with his son, David. Here’s how Julian explained what this game means for him:
“I hardly ever get to spend any extra time with my son because I’m always working or because his mother keeps him during the week.”
“Tonight, though, we’re gonna watch tonight’s game at my house. I can’t wait! We are both fans of the Lobos so tonight’s gonna be extra special!”
To me, this is 99.9% of the fun of March Madness! Families across the country will be just like David and Julian Anaya watching their favorite college basketball teams compete for a national title. They will get to spend quality time and enjoy themselves while watching some of the best athletes in the country show what they can do on a national stage.
If there’s a better example of spending quality time with your family, please tell me about it!
On the other hand, Lobo fans Scotty and Michelle Barque sees the Lobos’ trek through the NCAA’s as a chance to celebrate a successful season that featured a 29-4 record and the outright Mountain West Conference regular season championship.
Here’s how Michelle Barque explained it to me at her house:
“The Lobos have really done good this year! I want to celebrate it any way that I can! So we’re all gonna pitch in for some food, beers,sodas and stuff to really party!”
“I hope the Lobos can make it all the way to the championship game because if they did, all of Albuquerque will be one big, huge block party!”
Michelle’s statement really epitomizes how most Lobo fans feel about their men’s basketball team. Most Lobo fans want to enjoy the Lobo’s special season on the basketball court any way that they can. As a result, many people are finding special ways to celebrate and cheer on their Lobos.
Even more casual Lobo fans are getting into the act. For example, 30 year old Kerri West will be using Thursday night’s game against Montana to enjoy time with her family and neighbors who’ll be throwing a block party to watch the game in style.
Here’s her perspective about Thursday night’s game:
“…I don’t really care much for basketball but tonight’s going to be fun! I can spend time having fun with my friends, enjoy their company and have fun watching the game.”
As these example show, the New Mexico Lobos’ trek through the NCAA’s this year will mean much more than competing for a national title for their fans. It will also mean laughing, eating good food, and spending quality time with friends and family.
These things will mean much more for them than watching the Lobos win or lose because they are things that are truly more valuable than any national championship could ever be.
Hopefully, all of us college basketball fans will remember this as we watch are favorite teams compete for the national title this fortnight.
Anaya, Julian. Personal interview. 17 Mar. 2010.
Barque, Michelle. Personal interview. 16 Mar. 2010.
Barque, Scott. Personal inteview. 16 Mar. 2010.
West, Kerri. Personal interview. 17 Mar. 2010.