There's a burning couch in the middle of Euclid Avenue. That either means they couldn't find the cigarette, or the University of Kentucky basketball team did something incredibly big.
Our team is now one of only four still in the running for a national, big tourney title. Two more wins and the Wildcats will be the only Div. I team this year able to brag about winning their very last game. Nearly every kid studying at UK right now was in the single digit years of their life the last time that happened. So if anything is worthy of a good, old-fashioned, public couch burnin', this probably is.
Basketball is a near religious experience in Kentucky. During the season, wins (gratefulness) and losses (faith) make for perfect sermons. God is UK. Satan is the versus. Visiting evangelists are made aware. Church services are subject to game times from October to April. Like the crusaders, we conquer and rename cities, e.g. Catlanta, Big Blue Newark Nation, Blue Jersey, and whatever Houston ends up falling to. Restaurants are louder when we're winning. The people smile more. Benevolence increases. Jesus is thanked. And evidently, when we win the big, big games, we sacrifice furniture.
I try to be a live-and-let-live kinda guy, so I didn't give the flaming furniture a lot of scrutiny. If I'd been the parent who paid for it I might have, but otherwise I didn't think much about it. Except to wonder how the conversation went that led up to the moment of combustion.
TV Announcer Jim Nantz: "And that will do it. The Wildcats, going back to an old Kentucky home, the Final Four!
College student #1: "Yes! Yes!! YES BABY!!! We're going to Houston, baby!! Woo hoo!!! Oh my gosh!! Can you believe it?! We're going to the Final Four! We're going to Houstoooonnnn!!!"
Chest bump. High five. Chest bump. Tight hug. Awkward stare. Chest bump.
College student #2: "Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! We gotta celebrate, man! We gotta par-tay!!"
College student #1: "Oh my gosh, man! Everybody's going to the street! We gotta go!"
College student #2: "This is crazy, man! We-are-gon-na-par-tay!!"
College student #1: "Hey, man! Let's do something off the hook! Get the other end."
College student #2: "What?"
College student #1: "Get the other end, man!"
College student #2: "Why?"
College student #1: "We're gonna burn it, man! Woo hoo!!"
College student #2: "What?
College student #1: "Seriously, dude. Get the other end."
College student #2: "Dude. You sure? This is Kendall's couch."
College student #1: "Kendall shoulda been here to protect it."
College student #2: "Woo hoo!! We're going to Houston, man! We're gonna par-tay!!"
Local news announcer: "Worshippers took to the streets in Lexington tonight, celebrating the Kentucky Wildcats' first NCAA Final Four appearance in thirteen years. A couch was burned in honor of the occasion. No word yet on whether it was a virgin."