Posts Tagged ‘college basketball’

Method(ology) to My March Madness

UPDATE:  Sunday, April 7, 2013

Two weeks of March Madness comes to a climatic finish Monday night as the Louisville Cardinals take on the Michigan Wolverines for the national championship.

And, check out this brackets!

NCAA Finals

For the first time since I’ve been filling out brackets, I picked the final two teams for the championship!!!   And, after seeing how Louisville played in most of the semi-final game against Wichita State and how Michigan struggled in the second half against Syracuse, I’m lucky both teams survived!

If my calculations are correct, I may have won the office pool.  If so, I’ll use the money I won to host a party this summer for my work Peeps.  (If any of them read my blog, they will know first hand!) 🙂

And, I entered this bracket for a local newspaper’s bracket contest and as of Sunday morning, I’m in first place out of more than 500 entries!!!!!!!!!  If Louisville wins Monday night, I might win a big screen television!

Although I’m a die-hard Kentucky Wildcats fan, I’m rooting for Louisville so I can win the contests!


ORIGINAL POST:  Sunday, March 24, 2013

Kids are too honest and funny.  Last night, our internet went out around 9 p.m. and was out until this morning (Mediacom, this is becoming too common!).

So, instead of just watching the NCAA Men’s basketball scores update online, I had to turn on the television to watch the end of the Marquette-Butler game.  (Hey Brad Stevens!)


Sadly, for Butler fans, they lost.  That’s good news for me because I picked Marquette to go to the Final Four and they had to struggle in the first round to come back in the last two minutes to beat Davidson by one point and they were down 1o points to Butler and barely held on to win, 74-72!

Okay, so I’m getting all riled up watching the last few minutes of the game, and Gretel pulls herself away from her Kindle and says, “when did you start liking sports?”  I didn’t want to tell her that I’m a fair-weather basketball fan that turns into a die-hard NCAA basketball fan when March Madness comes around.  It would have taken too long to explain what “fair-weather” and “die-hard” means. 🙂

What I wanted to say is that “yes, I follow some sports.  It’s not all about Madonna, Lady Gaga, Reba,  Britney, and Helen Reddy.  I mean, seriously, have you seen some of those coaches and players!”

Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg

Kidding aside, I love basketball.  My only regret in life is not having the self-confidence, as a teenager, that I have now to try out for our small high school basketball team.  I was pretty good in the ‘hood with my jump shot!

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I entered the basketball pool at work just for fun.  In the past, I’ve never won, but my goal was to beat the sports department.

Since I hadn’t followed basketball all season long (I didn’t know Murray State and Kentucky were doing so poorly), here’s how I made my picks.  The method to my March madness was to look at the last five games of the season for each team and I based my picks on that!!!!!!!!!!!

I have heard that two people at work picked Gonzaga to win it all.  That’s two people out-of-the-way.  However, I had Gonzaga in the Final Four, so I won’t be getting any points from them.  Oh yeah, they lost to Wichita State.  First, the “Shockers” beat Pitt in the first round and then “shocked” the #1 seed Gonzaga.

I was more concerned with Marquette, another Final Four pick for me, struggling in the first two games!  I never thought for a minute that Gonzaga would fall that quickly.

If I had to pick three upsets that I’d love to see happen today, it would be for Temple to stun and eliminate Indiana, North Carolina to knock off Kansas, and for Iowa State to send the Buckeyes packing in that order!

If those things happened and Louisville marches on, life would be sweet! 🙂

I love college basketball!


Random Friday Thoughts — February 8, 2013

Happy Friday. I hope you had a great week and that you are looking forward to the weekend.

My blog this morning is coming to you from Des Moines, Iowa. Ray is speaking at a conference in Kansas City, Missouri Saturday and since my schedule was open, I took advantage of the road trip. He’s also going to Washington D.C. in April and I really want to go, but I plan on being back to work, in some capacity, by then. Here are my random thoughts for today.


Now that the Super Bowl is over and the more gay-friendly Baltimore Ravens won and Beyonce blew out the lights with her dazzling dancing, smiling, and all around sexiness (oh, she did sing some), I’m ready to start following college basketball again just in time for “March Madness”. I guess if there’s any consolation of not being at the station, I won’t lose $5 in the annual basketball brackets contest!

Real life usually prevents me from keeping up with basketball until just before the conference tournaments. And, as I glanced at the AP and USA Today polls, I was shocked to see that neither Kentucky or my alma mater, Murray State, are in the Top 25 until I saw their records.


Here are some of the things on Facebook I saw recently that made me smile or take a second look. One Direction, it’s good to see that most of you guys are close and get along rather well! And, Justin, I really know very little about you, but it was still funny!

February Zombie HellHow Gay One Direction! Justin Bieber


Justin Timberlake has scored 11 Top 40 hits and has been featured on 8 more hits since he started his solo career after ‘N Sync. While I love “Sexy Back”, I really don’t care for “Suit & Tie”, his new song with Jay-Z and the first release from his upcoming album, “The 20/20 Experience”.

I also don’t care for the new Destiny’s Child song, “Nuclear” from their January 29th release, “Love Songs”.

My favorite songs out now are still Chris Wallace’s “Remember When”, which strangely enough was released July 10, 2012, and it’s still slowly gaining popularity. Another song that I still love right now is “C’mon” by Ke$ha, which is approaching the Top Ten!

I bought the album, “Our Version of Events” from Scottish singer Emeli Sande this week. She’s already has six hits from the album in the U.K., where it was released in February 2012! Four of those songs have hit the Top Ten. In addition to her own album hits, she’s been featured on five other Top Ten hits in the U.K. and two of those have topped the charts.

Her new release in the United States is “Next To Me”. It’s already in the Top 20 on the AC chart, it’s been released to Top 40 radio this week.

She already being compared to Adele. What’s really bizarre is that her real first name is, you guessed it, Adele!


I’m still waiting for season seven of “Dexter”, the third season of “The Walking Dead” (which returns to AMC this weekend) and the second season of “American Horror Story” to arrive on DVD this summer or fall.

In the meantime, I absolutely love “Elementary” on CBS with the beautiful and sexy Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu. It’s the story of Sherlock Holmes and JANE Watson story set in New York City instead of London.


“The Following” on Fox is incredibly addictive and gruesomely creepy awesome.


It stars Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent that captured serial killer Dr. Joe Carroll, a college professor and writer that is obsessed with the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, played by James Purefoy. Carroll escaped from prison in the premiere, but was captured. However, he now has a Charles Manson-like “following”, or cult, that are now carrying on his sadistic brutality.

If you haven’t started “following”, I mean, watching the show, you’ve only missed three episodes and they are available on the Fox website and itunes.

I’m still loving “The New Normal”. Although it won the People’s Choice Award (the real one, not my award) for “Favorite New TV Comedy”, I’m afraid the show may get cancelled since last week’s episode was only watched by 3.1 million people!

“Nashville” on ABC is still on my viewing list on Wednesday night and I’m still barely hanging on to “Malibu Country” on ABC, which stars my idol, Reba. Sorry, Red!


The English trio, The Police, was one of the biggest hit makers in the 1980s. They scored their first hit, “Roxanne”, which peaked at #32, in 1978.

But, in the 1980s, they scored eight more Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with songs from their four Top Ten albums, “Zenyatta Mondatta (1980, double platinum), “Ghost In The Machine” (1981, triple platinum), and their career album, “Synchronicity” (1983, 8 times platinum). In 1986, their greatest hits album “Every Breath You Take: The Singles” reached #7 and went 5 times platinum. Remember, platinum means one million units shipped to stores!

The band’s first Top Ten hit was “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” from 1980. That and their next song, “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” both peaked at #10. With “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”, they moved closer to #1, reached #3.

In 1983, they topped the charts with “Every Breath You Take”, which spent eight weeks at #1.


Two years ago, 2/11/2011, we were eating pizza and playing games at Incredible Pizza in Davenport, Iowa. RIP! I guess we were “Wanted”, too, with a reward offering of one million dollars! We must have been bad!

February 10 2011

Three years ago, we were preparing for Valentine’s Day. I made steak and lobster and Miss ABBA was peaking around the corner to make sure I didn’t forget her and if I dropped something. she wanted to be there to pick it up. I also made cherry cookies with melon frosting and melon cookies with cherry frosting to keep it simple. 🙂

February 14 2010February 13 2010


She’s Hailey Rowe and he is Blake Peyrot!

Have a great weekend.