On The Train To Georgia

No, they arent, I should think its safe to say they got there by plane, especially given there is no train station in Wichita nowadays, and hasnt been a passenger service since 1979, but there is an airport. Yes, I’m talking college basketball, the March Madness, and the craziness that is the rise, and rise, of the Wichita State Shockers team.

Seriously, if you’d told me that one of the 3 teams from Kansas would be in the final four, they’d have been the last one I expected to be there, but all the same…First time for very nearly 50 years, back in 1965 when they last reached it, and plane travel was a whole different world.

In fact, when they started out, they werent expected to get through the first round, being in the lower half of the seeding, if only just. And even winning their first game, all it meant was the number 1 seed, Gonzaga, next in their section. They won again, and kept winning, all the way through to the final four. What has to be remembered is that they arent from one of the big conferences, and were just meant to play their part, then leave it to the ‘big boys’ to win the title. Well, they might yet, as they have the powerhouse that is Louisville in the next round, the favourites from the very start, so that should be it. But, in a one off game, well, who knows…?

I know, Louise Brooks didnt really hide her dislike for Wichita folks in later years, but she lived there for a number of years, which is why they, and the other Kansas teams have a soft spot in my heart. Funnily enough, one of the other teams in the final four, Syracuse, are from the northern end of New York State, where of course, her life was lived to its end. As both are underdogs to make the final, they probably wont, but it would be fun to see it happen, all the same.

Anyway, given the finals are in Atlanta, Georgia, I couldnt resist using this as the video