Thursday, March 22, 2007

More Basketball and Cricket...

Today is the day when March Madness pools around the country begin getting sorted out. The Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games sort out the contenders from the pretenders, weeding out which brackets are truly Magical and which are merely Mirages.

Some of you may have read Bill Simmons' article from yesterday, where he revealed that Billy Packer has been inflicted upon us "for every Final Four game and every NCAA championship game since 1975 " - I mean, that's before I was born! Why CBS? Why?! WHY?!?!? And even worse, we don't even get to see all the Sweet Sixteen games by themselves... because they overlap! Such things make me weep.

Other things that make me weep? Hangovers. I have been suffering through a nasty one this morning, as the Indomitable Donkeypuncher was in my neck of the woods, which meant drinks, drinks, drinks, and more drinks. At one point we had a spirited argument about the merits of the NBA vs College Ball, with DP taking the NBA's side while I defended College Ball.

As we had consumed many beers by this stage in addition to a bottle of wine I can assure you that the argument was filled with well-constructed argument and supplemented by wit. Essentially I argued in favour of Emotion, while DP argued in favour of Skill. He also pointed me to a little article about the matter, which is worth a perusal if you have thoughts on the matter.

He's still wrong, though.

While we're on the topic about sports and emotion and articles, here's one about the craziness happening in the Caribbean at the cricket World Cup. A little primer on the insanity that can occur in the sport that you probably don't understand, Bikini Cricket or not. One of our own managed to attend a couple of games, so run, don't walk, to Irish Jim's blog. He has posted a couple of articles about his thoughts about watching a couple of matches, including the Ireland/Pakistan stoush.

So, in closing: Go Texas A&M!


  • You're wrong!


    Good times dawg. Good times.

    By Blogger Donkeypuncher, at 5:26 PM  

  • I am shocked and stunned by the closing sentence in this post. And heartbroken.

    By Blogger April, at 10:21 PM  

  • I hate to say it, but DP is wrong on so many levels. The fact that college players aren't perfect is what makes the game so much better.

    By Blogger Irritable Male Syndrome, at 12:29 AM  

  • Sorry April, but the Magic Bracket said Texas A&M would make the final.
    Of course I also hate Memphis, so there were two reasons to cheer them on. It turns out the Magic Bracket isn't so Magic, and the Aggies went down.

    By Blogger Garthmeister J., at 8:32 AM  

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