Every year around this time, Husband becomes obsessed with the NCAA Tournament. The first year we dated, he took total advantage of my ridiculously competitive nature and suggested I fill out my own bracket. The result was that we watched each and every tournament game and comments like, "Oooh if Duke beats Alabama then Villanova is so going down in the next round," were coming out of my mouth at an alarmingly increasing rate.
Since that first year, I've been agreeable to watching some of the tournament games, but not all of them. Husband, on the other hand, continues to watch most, if not all of the tournament games, and is particularly excited this year because rather than just broadcasting the "hot" game on CBS, every single tournament game will be broadcast in its entirety on one of four channels.
I fear I'm in for more college basketball than I've ever thought possible.
this blog entry on the New York Times website which randomly references Star Trek: The Next Generation!
5:15 P.M. The CBS broadcast crew opens a window within a window within a window, causing a quantum singularity. The Enterprise-C flies through it, bringing Tasha Yar back to life.
Muppet Madness where folks can fill out their own brackets to determine which muppet is best. Personally my money's on Super Grover, a personal favorite of mine! Too bad he's matched up against Reporter Kermit in the first round - talk about a tough bracket!
Oh and click here if you want to vote for Queen in ESPN's Herd Rock Band Bracket! (Seriously, everyone go vote for Queen. Dr. May is asking you to!)
My biggest problem with filling out a real bracket is that I don't know anything about the other teams. Husband closely follows UCONN during the regular season so I can probably name three or four guys on that team, but other than that, I can barely even name the other schools involved in the tournament let alone the players! How the heck am I supposed to predict who is going to win in the big Clemson-West Virginia match-up later in the week? (Although according to the random guy on my local radio station, a #12 seed has beaten a #5 seed in 23 of 26 tournaments so his money's on Clemson.)
I do ultimately fill out a bracket every year. And every year I pick Duke to win it all. Husband has an irrational hatred of Duke. Some would compare it to his hatred of the Yankees, but I would disagree: the Yankees are awful. Duke, on the other hand, has done nothing wrong!
Every year when he sees my bracket, he gets ridiculously upset and it amuses me greatly. You see, my hometown is not terribly far from Duke's campus and several years ago, a local boy was one of the stars of Duke's team. I also like that all evidence points to the fact that the members of the Duke basketball team can all actually read and graduate at rates ridiculously higher than most other competitive schools in the tournament.
All of this is lost on Husband and he just ends up ranting and raving about Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) is horrible and awful and how the Duke team, despite participating in 11 Final Fours (tied for the second most in history), is overrated and terrible.
It makes me laugh...a lot.
I do always choose UCONN for the Final Four too and between these two picks, my bracket is typically shot by the third round. Husband ends up choosing a team like Kentucky to win it all and I yell at him for having no loyalty for the team he supported all year...and then I pay him for winning our bracket.
Despite my lack of interest in the tournament, I do ultimately find it amusing and at least it's better than football! Or NBA basketball! *shudders*