Jack's Pop (my dad) went to Penn.
To be clear, he went to the University of Pennsylvania, which is an Ivy League university located in Philadelphia. Without any judgment whatsoever, it is not Penn State. (How's that, Brynn?)
My dad is also a die-hard college basketball fan. To Penn's credit, they have the coolest basketball arena in the country. It's The Palestra, and is the oldest basketball stadium in continuous use in the United States. It opened in 1927, and is still used by Penn and the rest of the Big Five today.
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I didn't realize it is also referred to as the Cathedral of College Basketball. Nice.
My dad and I used to go to Philly to see Penn games together. Afterward, we would go out to dinner, usually somewhere on South Street. Those evenings are some of my fondest memories. Quality time spent hanging out with my dad, seeing his pride for his alma mater, and learning about basketball from him. Good stuff, indeed.
Penn's basketball program is, well, filled with spirit if not with success. Penn's last trip to the Final Four was in 1979.
But, as we know, true fans never give up. And Pop knows that. And so does the next generation.
Hope you don't give up on anything today.