VCU grad excited about Final Four

Published 9:03 am Saturday, April 2, 2011

Shhh … Don’t tell my boss, but I’ve been spending a bunch of time on the Internet this week when I should have been working.

I’ve been surfing the web, hanging out on Facebook and chatting with friends online. I know most bosses don’t like it when you do that kind of stuff on company time, but to be honest, I just couldn’t help myself. So let’s just keep this between us, OK?

You see, I went to VCU, and this weekend the Rams are playing in the Final Four, which is a pretty big deal. VCU has never been known as a big-time sports school. There have been some terrific successes with some of the less popular sports, and that’s great.

But it’s not the same experience as it is for a student that goes to one of those big schools with a great football team and a 90,000-seat stadium that alumni and fans plan their weddings and funerals around. You know, like Alabama or Ohio State or Virginia Tech.

Or basketball teams like the ones at Kentucky or Duke or North Carolina where, every year, a chance at a national title is part of your birthright. Those of you who went to a school like mine know what I’m talking about.

I’m proud of my accomplishments and the opportunities that my time at VCU has provided me. I studied accounting and received a degree from the school of business.

It’s a great university, and I’m proud to have attended Virginia Commonwealth University. We have a Nobel Prize winner, for crying out loud!

It’s just that wining a Nobel Prize doesn’t make you want to paint your face black and gold and buy a new T-shirt to commemorate the moment the way that knocking the second ranked team in the country out of the NCAA tournament to earn a spot in the Final Four does. Perhaps it should, but that’s another discussion entirely.

And because of all that, this week has been unlike any other I’ve ever experienced as a proud graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.

My school is everywhere — on television, the sports talk radio stations, the Internet — the Rams are everywhere! We’ve been the lead story on ESPN for a week.

I’m totally consumed with pride, and trying to soak up every minute of it. Because in the next three days it will be over, one way or another, and win or lose, I just want to enjoy the ride.

So I’ve spent a little more time at work on the Internet this week than the boss would be happy with. Following news coverage, watching videos, looking at some of the crazy pictures taken by people just like me who are deliriously excited and very proud of their school.

I know you understand. So let’s just keep it between us, OK? And GO RAMS!