No tickets. No entrance.
No tickets. No entrance.

And then there were 4

The talk of the 4th round was of Anthony Ware’s broken leg. Anyone who saw that in person must still be having nightmares. It was hard enough to see just Part I of it (the leg snapping) and not Part II (the accompanying wound) on TV were cringing for hours. Bless that boy’s heart (and I don’t mean that in a oh-you-misguided-little-idiot bless-your-heart way of the Southern Woman).

The obvious emotion and sympathy show by Ware’s teammates surely made it easier for Rebecca to swallow the defeat of her alma mater at the hands of the more important Family Pick. And who would have thought Michigan would pound the snot out of of those Gator snouts? I sure didn’t, but I’m happy to reap the rewards. The shocker is that the Shockers are in the Final 4 and so is the Syracuse Orange.

Two Rhynes (siblings, even), one Blyth, one Patterson.

Three middle generation, one younger generation.

Syracuse v. Michigan, aka Karen v. Megan

Louisville v. Wichita State, aka Rebecca v. Rivers

Game on!

Karen Syracuse (4-E)  
Megan   Michigan (4-S)
Rebecca   Louisville (1-MW)
Rivers Wichita St. (9-W)  

 

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Eight is Great!

The view from the cheap seat was pretty dismal.
The view from the cheap seat was pretty dismal.

The games leading to the Elite 8 were hard on the little ones. That is, there were 7 of the younger generation going in and only 2 came out on the other side. Caroline’s Arizona lost in a heartbreaking buzzer beater, while Pierce’s Oregon got ducked by overall #1 Louisville and G&D’s Miami Hurricanes got blown out by Grandpa Ed’s Marquette.

Gwynn’s #1 seed Indiana let her down, as Kansas did her Arkansas compatriot, Dub.

Overall, we lost Caroline, Dottie, Dub, Ellie, G&D and Pierce.

Heading into the next round were The Lapidus Three of Us, Ed, Elaine, Karen, Libbie, Megan, Rebecca and Rivers.

The next round will pit second cousins against one another, an uncle/niece matchup, an aunt/nephew challenge and cousin-on-cousin warfare.

Christine, Dan & Rowan Florida (3-S)
Ed Marquette (3-E)
Elaine Duke (2-MW)
Karen Syracuse (4-E)
Libbie Ohio St. (2-W)
Megan Michigan (4-S)
Rebecca Louisville (1-MW)
Rivers Wichita St. (9-W)