Have any of the teams you root for in sports won the championship?
NFL: My Colts won Super Bowl XLI. I remember I had to work on the night of the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots, and we couldn’t watch it at Blockbuster for some reason. My mother called me every now and then to update me as to what was going on, as we made a miraculous comeback. I made sure to get off well in advance of Indianapolis’s first-ever trip to the Super Bowl.
MLB: My Nationals won the 2019 World Series in a comeback story for the ages after starting the season 19-31. They’re gonna make a movie about it, one of these days.
NBA: My Pacers got to the NBA Finals in 2000 but ran into the juggernaut Los Angeles Lakers, who won their first title with Shaq and Kobe.
College basketball: My Indiana Hoosiers made it to the national championship in 2002. The Butler Bulldogs, another rooting interest of mine, made it to back-to-back national title games.
College football: I don’t expect the Indiana Hoosiers or Kent State Golden Flashes to ever come anywhere close to winning a national championship in college football.
High school basketball: My North Central (Indianapolis, IN) Panthers won the state championship in 1999. I watched it at home in a chair, with my then-girlfriend in my lap.