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Luka’s Date Day – ACC Basketball Tournament


I have quite a dilemma on my shoulders. A really difficult question. And I’m scared that I made the wrong choice…

So I put it to you, dear reader:

Is it ethical to sign up your children for a life of misery, pain, and suffering?

Because today I took Luka to the ACC Basketball Tournament, and he became the most unfortunate of things… an NC State fan.

There was something to this year… new coach, unbelievable run during the season, beating Duke and Carolina. At one point, we were undefeated against teams ranked #2 in the country!

So I took the plunge. I found amazing tickets on StubHub for cheap. I grabbed Luka out of school. We decked out in all red and white State gear. And they did what all NC State teams do.

Underestimate an opponent. Let a few hot hands out play them for large stretches of the game. Pull off a heart attack inducing comeback. And then lose on a techncial foul because they ran out of timeouts, and called one anyway…

But we had so much fun. Barclays is a really great basketball arena (I’ve heard it’s horrible for hockey), and we were in an amazing spot. We had fun people around us. We got hot dogs, and sugary drinks. There were games set up from the sponsors, and we got to play the games. We were doing math puzzles with the score. It was amazing…

What a fun date day with my Luka… but now I’ve made him an NC State fan. He’ll feel the highest highs and the lowest lows in a spread of about 10 minutes. He’ll probably go bald in his twenties. And it’s all my fault.

But for his first NC State game, and my first ACC Tournament game, we had the time of our lives. There’s always next year in Charlotte.