3.23.2008

March Madness squared

This weekend brought a whole new meaning to the term March Madness …

Toward the end of last week we were hearing wild predictions of a major snowstorm sweeping through the region …

Riiiiiiiiiiight, I said.

Then Friday came … As I was setting out the garbage and leaving for work, the wind was whipping, the temperature had dropped and little white flurries were falling from the sky … And by the time I had arrived at the office, the storm was in full force. The white stuff really was accumulating …

And it snowed all … day … long.

From the tornadoes to multiple blizzards, this winter has been so crazy, I’ve run out of ways to describe it.

By Friday night, I was calling this storm the worst of the year … The roads were as treacherous as ever. I barely made it out of downtown Friday night because the intersections were barricaded with snow (at one point I had to drive in the opposite direction of my route and then make a U-turn and head down a different route because my usual way was blocked …). Then I nearly got my car stuck turning on to our street too …

Saturday morning I dragged myself outside to shovel. The snow was so wet and heavy it felt like it was taking me hours to move any of it. Thankfully one of our neighbors snowplowed our sidewalks, and I didn’t even bother shoveling one side of our driveway because I was betting all the snow on that side would melt by the end of the weekend …

The newspaper reported this morning that we got 15 inches of snow on Friday, putting us at 101 inches for the entire winter and breaking the 90 inches we got during the 1978-79 winter.

Good stories to tell our baby, I guess.

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So I’ve been watching the basketball games all weekend …

Kates and I watched the Friday night games while playing and putting away our collection of baby toys … And -- aside from Stanford’s nail-biter over Marquette -- I had a pretty easy Saturday. As I suspected, Wisconsin and Kansas won pretty handily

Until this afternoon, I was unimpressed by the number of games that held that quintessential March Madness magic …

Then came the Tennessee-Butler matchup… and the Davidson-Georgetown matchup …

Finally, there I was standing in front of our TV, arms folded, watching the action intently as CBS switched from game-to-game … In my own bracket, I had Butler knocking off Tennessee and Davidson beating Georgetown. A couple of my cohorts thought I was all wrong, but I believed …

It turned out Tennessee nipped Butler in overtime (which was OK by me because Baby’s bracket has Tennessee in the Final Four) … But, man, when the final seconds ticked away and Davison took out Georgetown, I was skipping and clapping and whooping all over the house -- Not only did I call the Davidson upset, it’ll be an easier matchup for Wisconsin next weekend in the Sweet Sixteen.

Then … Kansas and Wisconsin in the Midwest regional final? Now that’s magic.

1 comment:

Matt and Lynne said...

Kansas sucks.