The Racers are Playing and I’m Missing It

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We love Racer basketball and look forward to every game.

Tonight, Murray State University kicks off its basketball season. And I’m missing it. Granted its only an exhibition game against a small school from down the road. But still — I’m missing it.

I’ve waited six months for this season to begin. The Racers are coming off a national championship (no not that national championship) the College Insider Tournament (CIT). Winning the CIT was the icing on the cake, after a difficult season. The whole town is abuzz about this year’s potential. While other college basketball fans think of winning the NCAA tournament, Racer fans only want four things:

1) Beat Western KY University
2) Beat Austin Peay
3) Beat Belmont
4) Win the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) title back

Its not much, but to RacerNation, achieving those four things will make us all pretty darn happy. If we do win the OVC, then we’ll get to go back to the NCAA — that will be exciting. But I promise you, winning those three games mentioned above, will mean more than bringing home the NCAA title. Well, okay, probably not. I guess winning the NCAA would be nice, but beating the crap out of Belmont will feel much better. You see, life’s much simpler when you’re a mid-major basketball fan.

When you live in the Bluegrass State, everybody is a basketball fan. To be specific, we’re all college basketball fans. The NBA has never really held our attention. Babies born during basketball season come home from the hospital wearing UK or UofL gear. If its game day — their parents are dressed to match.

Kentuckians aren’t that concerned about college football. Its not that we don’t like the sport, but its just not the same. And besides isn’t the best part of a college football game really the half-time show? Our football teams might struggle, but we’ve got some amazing marching bands.

But I digress.

Instead of cheering the Racers to a victory tonight, I’m already in my pj’s. After I publish this post I’ll snuggle up with our fur babies and watch an episode of Ally McBeal on Netflix. Once I drift off to sleep, I’m sure I’ll dream about next week’s game against Houston.

Go Racers!

An Undefeated Feast with Friends

Our Undefeated Feast in the Enoch’s kitchen.
(Which is one of my favorite all-time kitchens!)
Photo by Larry Enoch

In case you’ve been living under a rock that doesn’t care about college basketball, our hometown team, the Murray State University Racers, are undefeated.  Currently at 18-0, they are one of three teams that are undefeated this season.  Right now, they are the darlings of college basketball media.  But then, we’ve always loved them, so we’re pretty excited that they are getting such well-deserved attention.  Since the tickets were sold out for yesterday’s game, we joined our dear friends Larry and Teresa Enoch to watch the game on ESPNU.  For an evening filled with sports, we needed a undefeated feast worthy of the our Racers.

The Undefeated Pie
Toppings:
1 c Sausage (pure guess, we used breakfast leftovers found in the freezer)
1/2 small yellow onion
1/2 c Green Peppers
1 can pieces and stems mushrooms
1/2 c tomato sauce (Roasted Tomato & Garlic Soup)
2 c mozzarella cheese

Roast Tomato & Garlic Soup by Mrs. Wheelbarrow
Mrs. Wheelbarrow is one of my favorite food/canning bloggers.  I’ve been a faithful follower since hearing her story on NPR’s Morning Edition.  This recipe is the amazing, called ‘soup’, its perfect for any tomato sauce/soup based recipe.  Each summer I can several dozen pints, which for us is just right amount.

Homemade Pizza Dough
Vince made homemade pizza dough using the Kitchenaid Recipe guide (under “Care and Support”).

Ingredients:
1 c warm water
2-1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp olive oil
2-1/2 to 3-1/2 c organic unbleached all-purpose flour
cornmeal

Warm mixing bowl with hot water, then dissolve yeast in warm water in bowl.  Add salt, olive oil, and 2-1/2 c flour.  Mix on low speed for about a minute.  Add flour in 1-tbsp doses until dough forms clinging to hook and cleaning sides of bowl.  Turn into a buttered bowl, rolling to coat all sides of dough ball.  Cover and let rise in a warm place (slightly warmed oven) until doubled in size, around an hour.

Meanwhile, coat a pizza pan, pizza stone, or other oven pan with olive oil.  Sprinkle with enough cornmeal to cover the bottom of the pizza (cornmeal gives the crust a nice texture).  When the dough has risen, punch it down and turn onto your cooking surface.  Spread by pressing out from the center to a 15-inch diameter.  Roll up the edges to hold your toppings.

Preheat oven to 450°.  Top pizza crust with a thin coat of olive oil.  Spread tomato sauce over entire pie.  Add toppings and finish with cheese.  Cook for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned to your preference.  Remove from oven, cool, cut, and enjoy!