Needed: self-frying potatoes

Question: How many many projects at a 4th and 5th grade science fair will involve using a potato as a battery?

Hypothesis: Three of approximately 45 projects will involve using a potato as a battery.

Experiment: Stuff hands in jacket pockets and slowly walk along 15 cafeteria tables worth of science projects, nodding respectfully and smiling indulgently at eager elementary students. Make mental note of electric potatoes.

Observation: Apparently a lot of kids are also interested in the electricity-producing properties of lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, carrots, peaches and apples.

Conclusion: There are only so many voltage veggie and fizzy fruit projects one woman can handle in one night.

And so, yeah, that’s where I’ve been this evening and why (among other reasons) I’m writing this during half-time of the first third-round games.

But what was there to say about the first two rounds? Oh, I don’t know. How about, with the exception of UNC and Wisconsin, if any Rhyne-Patterson-Blyth had anything to do with any of the schools in the Big Dance, it was as good as the Kiss of Death going in to the Sweet Sixteen.

Arkansas. Duke. Maryland. Vermont. Virginia. Virginia Tech. Wake Forest. Done.Done. Done. Done. Done. Done. And done.

The ACC? Let’s just pretend that that didn’t happen. I mean, who woulda thunk that only one of the nine teams from the league would still be alive. Call it the Atlantic Choke Conference.

The first round was fairly free of upsets, but there were just enough to keep it interesting.  We lost only a few people, including our newly minted double-digit dude: Dell Parker. We also lost Elaine, Jim, the Northerners, Rebecca and Sarah.

Dub, Elizabeth, the Grandest Generation, Kiran, Mike B. and Rivers all coasted in to the second round with both teams intact.

Name Round 1
elizabeth Villanova 1-e UCLA 3-s
rivers Iowa State 5-mw UNC 1-s
dan Arizona 2-w
dub West Virginia 4-w Purdue 4-mw
kiran Oregon 3-mw St. Mary’s 7-w
gwynn/dot/lee Michigan State 9-mw Kentucky 2-s
carl Kansas 1-mw
dell
susan Baylor 3-e
gordon South Carolina 7-e
libby Duke 2-e
caroline Florida State 3-w
ellie Florida 4-e
mike b USC 11-e Virginia 5-e
robert Gonzaga 1-w
claire Arkansas 8-s
elaine
karen Louisville 2-mw
megan Wisconsin 8-e
marty Butler 4-s
rhyne Wichita State 10-s
christine Notre Dame 5-w
jim
simon, revi, cora, rowan Rhode Island 11-mw
beth Michigan 7-mw
dottie Northwestern 8-w
joe Cincinnati 6-s
daniel, honor, katie
mike Xavier 11-w
pierce Middle Tennessee 12-s
rebecca
sarah

The second round was ruthless, though, when our first #1 seed was bounced by my Badgers. Number 2 seeds Duke and Louisville crashed and burned, as did No. 3 seed Florida State.

As a result, we lost Caroline, Christine, Claire, Dottie, Joe, Karen, Libby, Rhyne, the Tiny Generation, and Pierce.

Dub is dominating with both of his teams still alive and kicking. The other 14 folks still fighting are Beth, Carl, Dan, Elizabeth, Ellie, Gordon, the Greatest, Kiran, Marty, Megan, Mike P., Rivers, Robert and Susan

Name Round 2
elizabeth UCLA 3-s
rivers UNC 1-s
dan Arizona 2-w
dub West Virginia 4-w Purdue 4-mw
kiran Oregon 3-mw
gwynn/dot/lee Kentucky 2-s
carl Kansas 1-mw
susan Baylor 3-e
gordon South Carolina 7-e
libby
caroline
ellie Florida 4-e
mike b
robert Gonzaga 1-w
claire
karen
megan Wisconsin 8-e
marty Butler 4-s
rhyne
christine
beth Michigan 7-mw
dottie
joe
mike Xavier 11-w
pierce

For those keeping family tabs, that means there are 6 Pattersons, 5 Rhynes ,3 Blyths and the Greatest.

But at this point, speaking of the Greatest, I do have some sad news to share. You may not have known it, but Gwynn has been battling leukemia for the past several years. With regular chemo cocktails, and an occasional blood transfusion, she somehow maintained her energy and charm. Unfortunately, the meds had become less and less effective over the past few months. Now, the leukemia is not responding to any medication.

Gwynn is now in hospice care in a facility connected to a hospital in Richmond. Her sons and their wives are staying by her bedside and talking to her, even though she cannot communicate. I just got a message from her daughter-in-law saying that a music therapist came in and asked what kind of music Gwynn liked. They ended up having a Sound of Music concert there in her room.

She really enjoyed you all, and she had a lot of fun with this silly family tournament thing. In fact, she wrote me just last week to say she was happy to still be included in our nonsense and hoping that her last blood transfusion came from a basketball player.

We will keep you posted on her progress. Her son says that they are planning on a small graveside service, and a reception at a later date.

Hug each other extra tight tonight.

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Would you like to dance?

Greetings, my lovely family!

It is with alacrity that I cordially invite you to join me in a turn about the ballroom floor. A sojourn of serpentine steps in simple but sophisticated symmetry to the subtle but sultry strains of a string symphony under the steady skills of a seasoned supervisor. It is commonly known as the Big Dance, of course, but you you may call it the Hippest Hoops Hootenanny in the Whole Hemisphere!

I hope this note fines you all healthy and hail and free from the effects of the Nor’easter known as …

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Here in Williamsburg, Stella brought a lot of wind and rain and much colder temperatures, but we dodged the snow that points north and west suffered. It was winter’s (hopefully) last gasp and I for one am eagerly awaiting warmer temperatures and sunnier days, also known as Mojito weather.

As in past years, the first games of the NCAA tournament coincide with Sunshine Week for me in my professional-in-name-only capacity. I celebrated by teaching a class on Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act at William and Mary and then coming home, taking  some cold medicine and sleeping for three hours. The cold brought me a cold, you see, which also meant that I couldn’t taste the donuts, apple fritters, scallops, steak, chocolate cake, Twinkie cake, Caesar salad, mashed potatoes, and a few other choice morsels ordered up by Dell for his double-digit birthday on March 13, also the day Robert and Christine celebrate their entries into this world. But by God I did try to taste all of the above. I tried.

The Cat Commissioners (Jinx in the East, Brook in the Midwest, River in the South, Julep in the West) have been as busy as Kellyanne Conway on a Sunday talk show after a Saturday morning Twitter storm from her boss coming up with this year’s picks for the tournament. They did some devisions doubling up to arrive at 32 participants, with each participant getting two teams. One group consists of the Littlest Generation: Simon, Revi, Cora and Rowan. They may be tiny, but we all know they are tough and not to be trifled with.

Another team consists of the Grandest Generation: the lovely ladies Dot, Gwynn and Lee. They, of course, have better things to do with their time than to read my rantings, but with their powerful picks, we will probably hear a lot more from them.

The final team is made up of what I like to call the Defectors. Northerners. Yankees, if you will. Daniel, Honor and Katie. They’re wonderful people, y’all, and we love them dearly, but bless their hearts, livin’ like they do north of the Mason Dixon line. Why, I declare, it’s enough to give me the vapors. Where are my smelling salts.

We’re international again this year, too, since Dottie is off gallivanting in Gaulle country. Oui, oui, mon ami, je m’appelle Dottie Lee.

And now, stateside, may I present this year’s picks for the Rhyne-Blyth-Patterson-Mostly-Annual-Am-I-The-Only-One-In-This-Country-Who-Hasn’t-Spoken-To-A-Russian-Ambassador NCAA Basketball Extravaganza!!

beth Kent State 14-s Michigan 7-mw
carl Kansas 1-mw Nevada 12-mw
caroline Florida State 3-w Winthrop 13-s
christine Troy 15-e Notre Dame 5-w
claire Vanderbilt 9-w Arkansas 8-s
dan Creighton 6-mw Arizona 2-w
daniel, honor, katie VCU 10-w New Mexico State 14-e
dell Minnesota 5-s Miami 8-mw
dottie Northwestern 8-w East Tennessee State 13-e
dub West Virginia 4-w Purdue 4-mw
elaine UNC-Wilmington 12-e Maryland 6-w
elizabeth Villanova 1-e UCLA 3-s
ellie Florida 4-e Princeton 12-w
gordon Dayton 7-s South Carolina 7-e
dot, gwynn, lee Michigan State 9-mw Kentucky 2-s
jim Iona 14-mw SMU 6-e
joe Cincinnati 6-s NC Central/UC Davis 16-mw
karen Louisville 2-mw South Dakota State 16-w
kiran Oregon 3-mw St. Mary’s 7-w
libby Duke 2-e Vermont 13-mw
martie Butler 4-s Jacksonville State 15-mw
megan Wisconsin 8-e Marquette 10-e
mike p Xavier 11-w Bucknell 13-mw
mike b Providence/USC 11-e Virginia 5-e
pierce Middle Tennessee 12-s North Dakota 15-w
rebecca Kansas State 11-s Tennessee Southern 16-s
rhyne Wichita State 10-s Seton Hall 9-s
rivers Iowa State 5-mw UNC 1-s
robert Gonzaga 1-w Northern Kentucky 15-s
sarah Florida Gulf Coast 14-w Mount St. Mary’s 16-e
simon, revi, cora, rowan Rhode Island 11-mw Virginia Tech 9-e
susan Oklahoma State 10-mw Baylor 3-e

First, and most obviously, what has Robert and family been mixing in their morning coffee because they are rocking the picks! Robert, Rivers and Elizabeth have three of the four #1 picks. This is fresh off Susan winning the whole tournament last year! She passed her Villanova gene on to Elizabeth this year, with Robert picking up Gonzaga and Rivers carrying the Tarheels to rep the ACC since his beloved Demon Deacons duffed it in the play-in game.

Carl holds the last #1 pick with Kansas. Daughter Sarah, however, was not so fortunate as she has one of the #16 AND a #14 pick, and nor was husband Joe, who also has a #16. Karen and Rebecca round out the bottom feeders (heh heh, Rebecca  … rounded … bottom … heh heh).

The best overall seed total goes to Elizabeth (4), followed closely by Rivers (6), with Dan and Dub (8) nipping at their heels. Sarah(30), Rebecca (27) and Pierce (27) are bringing up the rear (Rebecca … rear … heh heh — Hey! This isn’t shade, it’s a Rhyne family trait!).

This year we welcome back in to the tournament Mike P.’s favorite Hokies, and Gordon was so excited to be at University of Vermont this year that he persuaded his Catamounts (without a fine set o’ whiskers, that Cat amounts to nothing) to join the fray. Libby is the only one, however, who holds her own alma mater’s fate in her hands: she has the #2 seed Duke.

I am the Queen of Cheese with my two Wisconsin-based picks, the U and Marquette. Kiran’s got Ducks and Gaels, just to prove how whacked people in the West are. Dell has the snowbird duo of Minnesota and Miami. Martie’s sporting fighting dogs and chickens (Butler and Jacksonville State). Pierce is sporting Blue Raiders (Middle Tennessee) and Fighting Hawks (North Dakota). Fighting hawks? Because Hawks aren’t legit killing machines unless they’re also fighting?

Husband and wife will be tangling when Elaine’s UNC-Wilmington takes on Mike B.’s Virginia. Father and son will battle when Kiran’s St. Mary’s takes Revi and the Littlest Generation’s VCU.

The fight for Florida (Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast) will be taken on by Caroline and Sarah, while the Kentucky clash (Kentucky and Northern Kentucky) will be waged by the Grandest Generation and Robert.

As of this writing, two play-in games had not been decided, but I’ll be back with a roundup of rounds. For now, may your days be filled with basketballs bouncing your way.

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Take that, y’all!

Susan

Congratulations to Susan and her Villanova Wildcats: the 2016 Family Challenge (oh, and NCAA Championship) winner!

I suffered several blood-pressure and/or heart attack events during that game, and while I wish things had turned out differently, it was no doubt a game to remember.

Thanks for playing along, everyone. I can’t wait to see many of you in just two weeks for the Happy Occasion of Carl and Joe’s wedding!

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Game on!

Whoa there. Kinda fell off the face of the earth there. I must have been kidnapped by Vespa Solidarity and made to join forced scooter marches through rough Indonesian terrain, crowded city streets and picturesque waterfallpolisi-akan-menilang-vespa-berplat-nomor-modifikasi-20140810094006s.
I wish.

 
The Elite Eight was perilous for our #1 seed holders. First it was the Sufferers of Fools and Kansas getting crushed by a Susan’s Nova (not NOVA — Northern Virginia) Wildcats. Then it was Katie’s O-team losing to Elizabeth’s O-team. Then Rebecca’s Cuse (the only “cuse” I want to talk about are barbecues) dismissed Sarah so Cavalierly. The trend put a wobble in Robert’s Heels (I love saying that), but that #1 seed prevailed over its challenger, Notre Dame, and the Force is no longer with us.

There was much hoopla leading up to the Final Four. Many expected fireworks between two teams ranked #1 during the regular season, but Elizabeth and Oklahoma must have wished the game ended Sooner rather that later, because Susan absolutely beat her child senseless: a 44-point smackdown.

Robert was kinder to Rebecca when UNC beat Syracuse for the third time this season.

So here were are: fewer than three hours away from tip off (you know, tip off at 9:17, just to make sure we first-gen cousins understand perfectly that we are not the CBS/TBS/TNT/Tru target demographic) and wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall of the Patterson abode in Atlanta?

We’ve never had a husband/wife face off for the championship before, and this could quite possibly be the pilot for a new reality television series.

While I would love for Robert to show Susan who’s boss (Commissioner’s prerogative to root for ye olde alma mater), I gotta say that Villanova is looking gooooood. Will Susan be wearing the pants in the family come the final horn? Or will it be Robert be wearing the yoga pants?

Only time will tell.

Good luck out there!

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I forget about my troubles / when I’m riding on my Bubbles / in the morrrrning

Have you met Bubbles? Bubbles is Mike’s 50th birthday present to his ever-nagging, long-suffering, only wife. She’s a black Vespa that has made my daily trips to the Williamsburg post office much more enjoyable.

Since I’m now in the two-wheel club with Jim, I’ve been trying to emulate his many exploits. Remember when he navigated the autopistas of Central and South America, taking photos along the way and graciously sharing with us his observations, thoughts and tales?

Well, here’s my own travel blog chronicling a similar journey:

Going Postal: An Epic Journey to the Post Office
on North Boundary Street and Back.

Audrey

Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday? I can see why you’d be fooled, but no. It’s really me! Starting out on the journey of a lifetime on Bubbles.

Bubbles

My first setback. The authorities ignored my reasonable request to remove all vehicles and red lights from my route. But I am undaunted. Nothing will keep me from the post office!

Selfie

Well. Almost nothing. The William & Mary student is in stable condition. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases runs out Jan. 14, 2018.

SpeedDemon

Back on the road. I WILL prevail. I must be going at least 14 mph in this photo. Not everyone is as skilled as I am.

AnotherStopLight

This stop light business is completely unacceptable. And why does this guy want to Kill Bergen?

 

PostOffice

Victory is mine! I want to thank all the little people who helped gazed adoringly on me as I faced multiple trials, battled obstacles, and stared down a terrifying case of chapped lips.

Oh, and congratulations to our Sweet Sixteen victors. Four ACC teams out of the remaining eight. The Coates family was wiped out when the seeds held to form and pushed Maryland, Gonzaga and Miami were all blown away.

The Survivors are still pretty representative of the family. The Force — the greatest generation — is still in, as are the second-to-youngest generation, with Elizabeth, Katie and Sarah. The first cousins are represented by Rebecca, Robert and Susan. And the Sufferers are hanging tough, too. Of the six individuals left, there are three Pattersons, two Blyths and one Rhyne.

Drink lots of caffeine tonight and tomorrow so you can stay up to watch the second games for each. Good luck!

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All the shingle ladies

Everyone who had a heart attack watching the first round of games, raise your hand. Me!!!

What was your favorite heart-attack moment? The Cincinnati basket at the buzzer that didn’t count? The half-court prayer that doomed Texas? How about Yale sending the Baylor Bears into hibernation? Or was it the simple fact that Michigan State went down in a blaze of vainglory to the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee?

As you’ve likely already read, there were 13 upsets in the first round, which is shocking (not to be confused with The Shockers of Wichita State) in and of itself, but the impact on the family brackets was even more shocking. Those with low seed totals nonetheless found themselves with only 1 team left at the end of that round, while Daniel with his family high of 30 improbably remained.

Alas, nothing could save Mike B.’s, Christine’s or Karen’s sorry picks. Mike P. and Beth both fell victim to a bad seed and an upset.

Hanging in with one team were Carl, Caroline, Claire, the Sufferers of Fools, Daniel, Dottie, Dub, Elaine, Elizabeth, Ellie, Gordon, Jim, Katie, Libby, Megan, Pierce, Rebecca, Rhyne, Rivers, Robert, the Third Cousins and Susan.

And prancing and dancing into the 2nd round with both teams were Dell, the Force, last year’s champ Joe, Martie and Sarah.

But not for long….

First off, I have to say that the second round couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Prompted by my encyclopedic sister Rebecca to go to the doctor to check out the pains I was having along my face, neck and shoulder, I was diagnosed with shingles Saturday morning. (“All the Shingle Ladies, All the Shingle Ladies, If you liked it you shoulda put a rash on it.”) It was the perfect excuse to stay in bed ALL DAY Saturday and Sunday and watch lots and lots and lots of basketball.

 

Dell went down hard in the second round when his Providence Friars lost to the Good Guys and his Bad Guys (Kentucky) lost to Indiana (Not as Bad But Still Not Great Guys). Also felled like a tall pine tree was Carl, whose Stephen F. Austin blew a 12-point lead over Dub’s Aggies with 44 seconds left and then lost in double overtime. Timberrrrrr.

We also lost Caroline, Clarie, Daniel, Elaine, Libby, Pierce, the 3rd Cousins and moi.

But 16 of us remain (none with both teams, that is), and six ACC teams do, too. I’m hoping that we can turn the Final Four into the ACC tournament semifinals. Good luck to the Sufferers, the Force, Dottie, Dub, Elizabeth, Ellie, Gordon, Jim, Katie, Martie, Rebecca, Rhyne, Rivers, Robert, Sarah and Susan.

Note the entire Robert Patterson family is still in, as well as a sister, mother and brother-in-law. But tonight he will battle said sister, while his mother tangles with his son and his daughter faces off with his brother-in law. We could write a soap opera!

The Sufferers will face another married-in when Kansas plays Jim’s Terps (anyone notice that the Maryland Terrapins (turtles) played the South Dakota State Jack Rabbits (hares)?). Gordon will face his Aunt Rebecca. And yes, Ellie, the HURRICANES, are still playing.

I’ll try to get back to everyone before the Saturday games. Hoop it up, chilluns!

 

Team 1

Seed-Region

Team 2

Seed-Region

Sufferers of Fools

Kansas

1-S

The Force

Notre Dame

6-E

Dottie

Iowa St.

4-MW

Dub

Texas A&M

3-W

Elizabeth

Oklahoma

2-W

Ellie

Miami

3-S

Gordon

Gonzaga

11-MW

Jim

Maryland

5-S

Katie

Oregon

1-W

Martie

Indiana

5-E

Rebecca

Syracuse

10-MW

Rhyne

Duke

4-W

Rivers

Wisconsin

7-E

Robert

UNC

1-E

Sarah

UVA

1-MW

Susan

Villanova

2-S

 

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Happy Hoops-day!

You think I’d plan accordingly. As if it has not happened each of the previous nine years: the Virginia General Assembly ends, Sunshine Week (Nirvana Week for us open government/FOIA geeks) hits, Dell turns another year older, the teams for the NCAA tournament are selected, and I am caught as flatfooted as CBS was when it tried to drag out Selection Sunday to two hours even though the bracket it was unveiling had already been leaked online. Hence, the annual mad dash and scramble to get teams assigned and the website ginned back up.

Reality

What we think we look like (left). What we actually look like (right).

But so dedicated to this endeavor are we at Tournament Central that we completed our own selection scenario via Face Time, with me in Fredericksburg, where I gave my first open government talk in a hookah lounge (“‘You’ll get used to it in time,’ said the Caterpillar [to Alice].”), and Dell at my home computer.

This technological stretch was too much for the Cat Commissioners. Their tiny little heads simply exploded when they saw the tiny little picture of my head and knew not where my feet and hands might be. (“One side will you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter,” said the Caterpillar as it got down off the mushroom and crawled away in the grass.)

Donkeys

We always knew Mike was a Democrat.

But pick we did, and folks, we are in for a doozy of a tournament. I foresee much taunting and passionate defense from our lot, that is, when five of our lot deign to set foot on U.S. soil again. As you may or may not know, Elaine, Mike, Karen and Rebecca have been visiting the set of “Life of Brian,” braving dead seas, wailing at walls and kibitzing at kibbutzes, while Beth’s been on the other side of the Middle East crisis, lounging on a balcony in Abu Dhabi while strains of “Dixie” filter over the PA system (ask her about it).

The tournament will be no doubt be bittersweet for us, no matter how dooziful it is. Bitter because it’s our first one without Mr. Basketball himself, #. . ., um, # . . . , what they heck number was he? Anyway, a member of the 1945 South Carolina State Basketball Champions, from Calhoun-Clemson High School, MISter EDwin RHYYYYYYYYYNE! He and Mama shared a love of basketball, and I spent many many an afternoon as a young’un watching any and every basketball game that ran on network TV. His beloved Clemson Tigers did so well in football this year that I can’t help but hope that his beloved Tar Heels will make a similar (though ultimately successful) run in basketball. Yes, I’m biased.

EdRhyne

Calhoun-Clemson state champs.

But sweet because this is our first tournament with two new young’uns and their concomitant first-time parents and grandparents. We are all thrilled to welcome Simon and Revi to our growing ranks. It will be so much fun to watch them grow and explore and wonder and achieve and merge into this family and the family of their other parent.

I was telling Rebecca that when Daddy used to show me pictures of his extended family and point to people who were his second cousin, his third cousin, his first cousin once- or twice-removed, my eyes would glaze over and I’d think that once you started getting into second and thirds, that they would necessarily be remote and distant. But now I know better and different. Everyone who has come into this family feels to me just as close and special as the ones I was born knowing. But lest you think I’m getting too soft now than i’m 50, I’m going to draw the line at fifth cousins or some such because then you’re into Eleanor and Franklin territory and being able to marry your cousin and I’m just not ready to cue the banjos yet.

I put the two littlest third cousins together with their older and wiser third cousins, Rowan and Cora, to form one of my annual mashups to get to 32 people. They are the 3rd Cousins. I also put the doyennes of the family — Lee, Dot and Gwynn — together as the force that they are. They are The Force. And then there are those troupers who’ve married into the family and have no choice but to suffer my overconfidence (see, I’m so overconfident that I intentionally didn’t use the word arrogant). They are the Sufferers of Fools.

So, with no more circumstance and just a little pomp, may I present the 2016 Rhyne-Blyth-Patterson-Mostly-Annual-I-Thought-About-Postponing-The-Selection-Until-After-A-New-President-Is-Picked-But-The-Republicans-Stole-My-Idea NCAA Basketball Extravaganza!

Team 1

Seed-Region

Team 2

Seed-Region

Seed Total

Beth

Texas

6-W

Holy
Cross/Southern

16-W

22

Carl

Stephen F.
Austin

14-E

Cal

4-S

28

Caroline

Hampton

16-MW

Hawaii

13-S

29

Christine

Farleigh
Dickenson/FGCU 

16-E

Temple

10-S

26

Claire

Yale

12-W

UNC-Asheville

15-S

27

3rd Cousins
(Cora, Revi, Rowan & Simon)

 

Texas Tech

8-MW

Vanderbilt/Wichita
State

11-S

19

Sufferers
of Fools (Dan, Honor & Kiran)

 

Seton Hall

6-MW

Kansas

1-S

7

Daniel

Weber St.

15-E

Middle
Tennessee

15-MW

30

Dell

Kentucky

4-E

Providence

9-E

13

The Force
(Dot, Gwynn & Lee)

 

Utah

3-MW

Notre Dame

6-E

9

Dottie

Arizona

6-S

Iowa St.

4-MW

10

Dub

Oregon St.

7-W

Texas A&M

3-W

10

Elaine

Buffalo

14-S

Iowa

7-S

21

Elizabeth

Oklahoma

2-W

Chattanooga

12-E

14

Ellie

Miami

3-S

Dayton

7-MW

10

Gordon

Gonzaga

11-MW

UNC-Wilmington

13-W

24

Jim

Maryland

5-S

Colorado

8-S

13

Joe

Little Rock

12-MW

St. Joseph’s

8-W

20

Karen

South Dakota
St.

12-S

Michigan/Tulsa

11-E

23

Katie

Cincinnati

9-W

Oregon

1-W

10

Libby

Michigan State

2-MW

UConn

9-S

11

Martie

VCU

10-W

Indiana

5-E

15

Megan

Butler

9-MW

USC

8-E

17

Mike B.

Austin Peay

16-S

Stony Brook

13-E

29

Mike P.

Green Bay

14-W

West Virginia

3-E

17

Pierce

Purdue

5-MW

Xavier

2-E

7

Rebecca

Fresno St.

14-MW

Syracuse

10-MW

24

Rhyne

Pittsburgh

10-E

Duke

4-W

14

Rivers

Cal State
Bakersfield

15-W

Wisconsin

7-E

22

Robert

Baylor

5-W

UNC

1-E

6

Sarah

Northern Iowa

11-W

UVA

1-MW

12

Susan

Iona

13-MW

Villanova

2-S

15

First off, our #1 seeds are in the proud hands of the Sufferers of Fools, a Patterson, and two Blyths (sisters, no less). And Robert has crushed it with the lowest seed total for the two teams combined: 6. The Sufferers of Fools are close behind with 7, as is Pierce. The Force is sitting pretty with a 10. On the other end of the spectrum, Daniel’s dying with a total of 30, while Mike B. and Caroline are on life support with 29. At least Mike B. gets this ditty for his two teams: Let’s go Peay in the Stony Brook! Caroline gets the award for the pairing of two teams farthest away from one another: Hawaii and Hampton.

Rhyne is no doubt pleased as punch to have his parents’ alma mater of Duke and another ACC team to boot, while poor Duker Rebecca has to once again shoulder the burden of carrying Syracuse, a team she hates and a coach with whom shares the same birthday.

Jim snagged one of the three schools from which he holds a degree and will champion the Terrapins, in addition to my and Rhyne’s Buffalos. And this should not be confused with Buffalo, which is Elaine’s team. And her other team, Iowa, should not be confused with Iona, which is Susan’s team. Carl’s team is Stephen F. Austin, which isn’t in Austin (Nacogdoches).  Ellie may be the most confused of all considering Dayton is in Ohio, Ohio University is in Miami, and Miami is in Florida, where many alligators and retirees live,  and oh my head hurts.

So, even though two play-in games are already in the books, I will consider tomorrow the start of the tournament. I expect my eyes to start bleeding from so much TV round about Friday at 3 PM. Take care of yourselves, peeps!

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