Spring has sprung / yet it’s cold / but March Madness / never gets old

Last week we welcomed SPRING. Those of us on the East Coast, you know, everyone except that Carl guy and his family, celebrated by building fires, pulling on our warm coats and discreetly shaking our fists at the skies. !*@#^# again!?!?!

Yep, it snowed and drizzled on the first day of spring, but that was probably a godsend, because it means the daffodils will likely be as thick and varied as they were last year, and it meant there was no incentive to venture out of doors and risk missing an exciting day of basketball.

DaffodilsThe First Round’s second day of games on the 20th were good, but it will be hard to top a day like that first day of the First Round. WOW!

It was fitting that the first upset casualty of the tournament went to the first-born of the cousins. Elaine and Iowa State lost out to Susan’s UAB, a team that was not supposed to win. On the other hand, Susan’s Baylor was supposed to win, but it was upset, too, by the funnest end to a game I’ve ever seen. Coach Hunter (who ruptured his achilles celebrating his play-in win) fell off his rolling stool, pounded the ground, hugged his star player-son with all his might and quickly endeared himself to an entire country. Claire got a good one.

https://youtu.be/VEbhBo4wVc4

Honor’s Ole Miss fell, but her Ohio State pulled off an upset of Dan’s VCU. It seems weird that such a usually prominent school should be considered the underdog, but such was also the case when UCLA and Mike B upset the higher ranked SMU and Dottie.

Everyone still had at least one team going into the second day of the First Round, but Christine, Daniel, Dell, Dottie, Jim and Rhyne soon lost the one team they had left. Meanwhile, Dub showed why organized religion is on the wane when St. Johns lost to Joe and San Diego State, and Valparaiso lost to GELD’s Maryland. And Coran was slain by the Virginias: Belmont fell to Carl’s Real Virginia, and Buffalo (coached by a much-more-reasonable-looking-as-an-adult Bobby Hurley) lost to West Virginia. And now that I think about it, the Ds in the family did not fare well at all. Only Dan and Georgetown survived

Here’s what the chart looked like after Round 1.

Beth Louisville (4-E) Notre Dame (3-MW)
Carl Kansas (2-MW) Virginia (2-E)
Caroline Arizona (2-W)
Christine
Claire Wisconsin (1-W) Georgia State (14-W)
Coran
Dan Georgetown (4-S)
Daniel
Dell
Dottie
Dub
Elaine Cincinnati (8-MW)
Elizabeth Iowa (7-S) Villanova (1-E)
Ellie NC State (8-E) West Virginia (5-MW)
GELD Maryland (4-MW)
Gordon Utah (5-S) Xavier (6-W)
Honor Ohio St. (10-W)
Jim
Joe Duke (1-S) San Diego State (8-S)
Karen Oklahoma (3-E)
Katie Northern Iowa (5-E)
Libby Oregon (8-W)
M&M Wichita State (7-MW)
Marty Kentucky (1-MW) UNC (4-W)
Mike B UCLA (11-S)
Pierce Michigan State (7-E)
Rebecca Arkansas (5-W)
Rhyne
Rivers Gonzaga (2-S)
Robert Dayton (11-E)
SarK Butler (6-MW)
Susan UAB (14-S)

Still with 2 teams:
Beth
Carl
Claire
Elizabeth
Ellie
Gordon
Joe
Marty

Hanging on with 1 team:
Caroline
Dan
Elaine
GELD
Honor
Karen
Katie
Libby
M&M
Mike B
Pierce
Rebecca
Rivers
Robert
SarK
Susan

Out
Christine
Coran
Daniel
Dell
Dottie
Dub
Jim
Rhyne

Round 2 was brutal for our Texas friends. Carl lost BOTH of his highly ranked picks when Virginia tanked to Pierce’s Michigan State and Kansas was Rock Chalk Shock Balked when it lost to the mighty M&M’s Wichita State. And Joe didn’t stand a chance, since his team’s played each other. Duke prevailed, and as Joe commented on Facebook, things that make him feel warm and grateful include “my husband walking around giving me the stink-eye cause you gave my Duke as my team.” That makes me feel warm and grateful for several different reasons. We hope the U.S. Supreme Court feels the same.

The other big upset came when the Ellie’s Heart Attack Pack (Cardiac, if you prefer) took down #1 Villanova, Elizabeth’s team. Because of that win, five of the Sweet 16 teams will be from the ACC, though I’m sure I was not the only one who had as hard a time watching Maryland and realizing they were NOT an ACC team, as I had watching Louisville, who played at the same time and who IS in the ACC.

Here’s what the chart looked like after Round 2.

Beth Louisville (4-E) Notre Dame (3-MW)
Carl
Caroline Arizona (2-W)
Claire Wisconsin (1-W)
Dan
Elaine
Elizabeth
Ellie NC State (8-E) West Virginia (5-MW)
GELD
Gordon Utah (5-S) Xavier (6-W)
Honor
Joe Duke (1-S)
Karen Oklahoma (3-E)
Katie
Libby
M&M Wichita State (7-MW)
Marty Kentucky (1-MW) UNC (4-W)
Mike B UCLA (11-S)
Pierce Michigan State (7-E)
Rebecca
Rivers Gonzaga (2-S)
Robert
SarK
Susan

Still with both teams are the might blondes:
Beth
Ellie
Gordon
Marty

Those with one team:
Caroline
Claire
Joe
Karen
M&M
Mike B
Pierce
Rivers

And farewell to:
Carl
Dan
Elaine
Elizabeth
GELD
Honor
Katie
Libby
Rebecca
Robert
SarK
Susan

For those keeping score, we have 3 Pattersons, 4 Rhynes and 5 Blyths left.

And it’s evenly matched between cousin generation and second-cousin generation: 6 each (2 from each family in the second generation).

Happy watching, everyone. Keep those cards and letters coming. Um, I meant, COMMENT BELOW!!!

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4 Responses to Spring has sprung / yet it’s cold / but March Madness / never gets old

  1. erhyne says:

    I love the daffodils.
    We have none yet.

  2. lrrhyne says:

    Just came back from Dad’s residential facility and passed several big beds of daffodils in full bloom on the way to the office. Lovely. He is as well as can be expected and had an enjoyable lunch with Gwynn. She sends her regards to the extended family.
    Great to see 5 ACC teams in the Sweet 16 even if several of them are ACC pretenders. I too haven’t wrapped my head around the altered conference allegiances and knowing instinctively who I’m supposed to root for. I’ll just root for whatever North Carolina team is playing.
    Obviously Cats prefer blond(e)s. I wish I could claim that I’m still a brunette, but the gray is rapidly overtaking all else. Sigh.

    • Elaine Blyth Bixiones says:

      Daffodils have been up for 2 weeks and the springtime snow is everywhere — Bradford pear blossoms. Wonder how it will all do with tonight’s possible freeze. All I can say about the selection process: Martie is sitting in the Catbird seat!!!!

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