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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One Response to All the shingle ladies

  1. Gwynn Prideaux says:

    Megan, I can’t believe this about the shingles!!! I am SO sorry. What a bummer! Yes, stay in bed, or whatever will help it go away. I’m thinking about you. On another topic for Dell: I did go to the gem and mineral show (took two ladies from here) and found some wonderful, smallish specimens of pyrite for Dell. He will love them. Right now I have to do my taxes, or will go to prison, but will probably mail the pyrite – or drive down and leave on the front porch.
    Got a blood transfusion Wednesday, so they say it will help. My first. Four hours to do it.
    Love, Gwynn

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