Although my memories do not run as deep as some the are just as strong none the less.
I was raised in a bleed blue family and did the same for a good part of my life. That change when I started at UofL to pursue my degree. I came in at then end of the Denny Crum years. Although I followed UK for the most part how could you not follow the home team of UofL. Once I got on campus and everyone made me feel like family it was very easy to bond and attach myself to the school.
Some of my first memories are going to a couple of Derby Classics and the State Fair as a youngster. My favorite memory is the first time I took my now wife to her first UofL game in the hall. Although I had been to a few this is truly the start of prominent ones. You have to understand my wife is a theatre major and knew very little about sports until myself. I spent most of the time explaining the game and how the strategy was playing out. We had ice cream from Erlyer's and carmel corn. In the second half, some how, my wife found herself on the jumbo tron. It made her week. She could not stop talking about for the longest time. Every game since she has made on the jumbo tron as well making it one of the best memories for me. Her face lights up like no other time and the "family" around us always enjoy it as well. I'll never forget the game where she actually made national television from the crowd.
I would love sports and my wife separately no matter what but the hall brought the two together in a way I'll never forget. Although I catch a hassle from my legal family every time I go home it's so worth it to be apart of the card family. To hear some of the memories that you all have shared brings a tear to my eye. It makes me so happy that while I could I got a small piece of something great. The Hall was definitely a big part of what makes me a fanatical Card fan. Thank you the all fans that were always there when we were and thank you Freedom Hall for giving a home to my cardinal family.