Since 1975 & from game 1, I've had a love affair with #TexasTech Basketball. From the Bubble days to the Arenas days, in good times & in bad. And the last few years have been very good.
And over the years, the players & coaches won our hearts. And social media has let us all get to know them better & care more about them. I'll go out on a limb & say every Tech fan wants every one of them to reach their stars.
Things have changed over the years. Kids come out of high school so talented & we've all given up the expectation of them playing for 4 years. It happens but its getting more rare. They get their chance to show their stuff on a national stage & hope for the NBA to come calling. And that's their dream, so I get it.
And social media has let us all get to know them better & care more about them. I'll go out on a limb & say every Tech fan wants every one of them to reach their stars. And some kids tranfer to schools where they can get more playing time. And I get both things. They have a limited window to show their wares & they have to do what's best for them.
Few schools have benefitted from the transfer portal more than Tech has over the past few years. We have to exciting tranfers that committed over the past 2 days. I can't wait to see what happens, as usual.
But every one of our players in the portal makes me sad. Some are being evaluated by NBA & that's the end game I want for them. And some are so talented but find it hard to break into the lineup & have the ability to start & shine other places. But a couple were starters & were loved & who I thought loved us like we loved them. And I know it's a bigger picture but part of me wonders why they don't like us anymore. It breaks my heart just a little & will make it hard for me to buy all in from now on. I know I'm selfish because I want the best for them. But I do get attached & I'm not ashamed of that.
If you cut me, I bleed Red & Black. I will always root for every Red Raider on every level, no matter what they are doing. But it may never again be the same.