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17 March 2017 Views From The Booth Sports


Greetings from the Booth!

As I write this week’s blog, it is St. Patrick’s Day, the day we use bad Irish accents, eat corned beef and cabbage, put an “O-apostrophe” in front of our last name, and drink green beverages. Today, there is also the perfect storm, as St Patty’s Day & March Madness converge, so the watering holes should be pretty jammed.

At the risk of annoying those trying to watch  basketball at the bar, here is my effort to make you sound like know-it-all Cliff Claven from the classic TV show “Cheers”, with some St. Patrick’s factoids that maybe you didn’t know:

St. Patrick wasn’t Irish at all, but British…

St Patrick probably didn’t drive the snakes out of Ireland, as they likely didn’t have any. It’s probably just a euphemism for Patrick converting the druids to Christianity…

The thing about four leaf clovers is also wrong, as St. Patrick actually used a 3-leaf clover to teach the Christian belief of the holy trinity…

And, as for the green-clad leprechauns, the earliest descriptions of them had them wearing red…

Now, on to March Madness, where men are men, and the buffalo wings run scared…

How’s your bracket look after day one? Mine is now in utter ruin, as I only went 10-6. If you still have the perfect tournament bracket, do keep in mind that your chances of perfection are one on 9.2 quintillion!  According to Wallethub, you actually have a better chance of winning the lottery, getting struck by lightning. and having a boa constrictor coming up through your pipes into your toilet all on the same day, than you do of filling out a perfect bracket.  I wish you luck…

Usually there is a bevy of buzzer-beating upsets in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but most of my upset picks did not come to fruition on day one.  The “sexy” upset pick yesterday seemed to be Middle Tennessee State beating Minnesota, and I did jump on that bandwagon. That was the highlight of my bracket.  My apologies to UVA Nation, as I had the Cavs falling in the first round, and that looked good for awhile. Virginia eventually came from behind and advanced to round two.

Amazingly, 15 of my Sweet 16 teams are still alive, so there is the hope of recovery.

Then there’s my team. Watching the West Virginia Mountaineers is like having root canal. It is painful at times. Yesterday, the Mounties avoided another Stephen F. Austin fiasco and got past Bucknell 86-80, following a familiar script: Get a double digit lead, lose double digit lead, repeat, and hang on for dear life at the end, clanking a few free-throws in the process.  But as we know, it is all about surviving and advancing, which WVU did.

Their next opponent: Notre Dame. That’s right, the Fighting Irish on St. Patrick’s weekend.  Are you kidding me? For the fan like me who looks for omens, this does not appear to be a good one.  But I’m not worried. Should the basketball gods saunter up to me tomorrow at the bar, I will simply remind them,

St. Patrick wasn’t really Irish…

That’s it from the Booth! Embrace the Madness, and may the Road to the Final Four rise up to meet you. Until next time,

GO HORNETS!

RW

 

 

 

 


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