Basketball isn't just a sport, it's mythological in much of rural America. By Dee Davis

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Dee Davis, Center for Rural Strategies president, writes in our Daily Yonder:

"In my part of rural Kentucky, the best day of the year is the Thursday that starts the NCAA basketball tournament. What a day. There are ten hours of games on the television, 64 teams full of possibility, and you don’t have to wrap any presents. But then there comes the inevitable, the day your team loses, your bracket goes bust, and the team you hate keeps winning. There, in that despair our relationship to the thing we love is tested."

"In the great American sports narrative, basketball has become the quintessential urban game. ... But before there were hard streets, there were hard packed dirt road."

Read Dee's column.