It's a little bit rainy and yucky outside today, which means it must be a perfect day for some . . .
Yep, this is the perfect day to get me a big tall glass of iced tea, a bag of chips and other assorted snacks, and turn on the television for some Non-Stop College Basketball!!
Of course, Scout will have to either watch basketball with me or entertain herself somehow (LOL), because this Momma is watching her some basketball!
I am a huge sports nut (as all of you know by now, I believe!), and I love the time during the NCAA college basketball tournament more than anytime of the year (although my mind changes when it comes to the beginning of football season and then I'm ALL ABOUT the football!). But for now . . . There is just something about the sheer amount of basketball on television; all the games on at the same time; all the teams with the chance of pulling the upset; all the stories; all the buzzer beaters and both the joy and the despair that comes along with them!
This year, my Bama team had a complete breakdown near the end of the season and they didn't even make it into the tournament this year (and this was a team that was predicted by many at the beginning of the year as an Elite Eight team, so the downslide has been VERY depressing!). But even without my Crimson Tide taking part in the tourney, I'm still very excited! I just can't resist the pull of it all!
I have done the brackets for the tournament for as long as I can remember (I probably actually did them for the first time when I was nine or ten; my Dad and I always did them together and I continue it today!). This year I've found a great place online to do my brackets; I put in my choices and it will automatically update for me when games are over. If you're interested, go to Fox Sports and then click on "Free College Backet Challenge" to sign up for your own. If you want to see my brackets, go HERE.
Also, go check out Phats' blog. He is doing a fun challenge with some of his favorite blog-readers (including little ole me! lol). You can check back and see if I win!
Btw, my Final Four predictions are Florida, North Carolina, Texas A &M, and UCLA. I've got two #1 seeds picked and a #2 and #3, so I don't have a real Cinderella story in there at the end (although I do have some low seeds going pretty far). It's fun to see how I do as the tournament goes along!
I got to thinking earlier about the Good & Bad things about all of this March Madness and came up with a couple of insights . . .
The Good-- I should get a lot of clothes washed, dried, and folded. This is one of the few chores that can actually get done while I sit on a couch watching television. (It also helps that I probably have the equivalent of about 8 loads of clothes that need to get caught up on! lol)
The Bad-- Not much other work will get done!
The Good-- I won't be out spending money--on fast food, dollar tree finds, scrapbook stuff--because I'm not LEAVING the house!
The Bad-- Too bad if McKenna or Delaney forget to take something to school. No lunchbox? Forget your homework? Remember--I'm not leaving the house!
The Good-- I get to jump up and down, scream at a television that can't scream back at me, and basically have a ton of FUN watching sports (one of my favorite things in the world!)
The Bad-- My family laughs at me incessantly about how crazy I get about it all!
The Good--I get to show off to Gary about how smart I am about sports. I brag about the teams' records, their big wins during the season, the back stories of the players and their familes, even the stories behind their mascots. Yes, I am the Anti-Girl and I actually KNOW about the sport and the teams and the strategy.
The Bad-- Gary will end up beating me in our bracket challenge anyway!
So . .. are any of you into the NCAA Tourney like I am? Are you doing a bracket? Who do you think might win it all? Could you care less? (LOL)
If you are into basketball, I hope you enjoy the next two weeks. And have fun today watching some of the first-round games! If you aren't into it, just indulge the rest of us who are. I promise that it won't last forever!
Now, I'm off to eat a late breakfast, answer some emails, and then sit down in front of the television!!