March Madness Friday

L-ville Slammed Zona and Oklahoma walloped the Cuse. My bracket is long gone. Steve M.'s Spartans are fighting for Big Ten pride against the JayHawks. The Zags hope to upend the Heels. I'll try to watch the games on the Tubes, from 35,000 feet. I'll tell you how it goes.

This is an Open Thread.

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    Yes! (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by Steve M on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 10:51:42 PM EST
    What a gutsy win by the Spartans.  Incredible clutch performance down the stretch by Kalin Lucas, Big 10 player of the year and a kid I've always loved.

    Next up is a super-scary Louisville team.  Keep the faith!

    Go Big 10 (remaining) team! (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by jawbone on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:03:11 PM EST
    Oh, that was a nice victory.

    Ugh, how did you get the #1 #1? (none / 0) (#19)
    by Teresa on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 10:54:10 PM EST
    I'll be pulling for you! My boss had a baby right before TN won the BCS game in 1998. He was our lucky charm and he slept right through all the jumping and yelling. Maybe you have your own lucky charm.

    Hey, Teresa, (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by caseyOR on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 10:57:18 PM EST
    both Duke and the evil Memphis are out of the race. I want you to know that I was stalwart in my promise to never cheer for Memphis. I have never been happier about a Mizzou victory.

    lol, I just getting ready to post the same (none / 0) (#21)
    by Teresa on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 10:59:11 PM EST
    to you!

    North Carolina and Oklahoma are now the (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by caseyOR on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:06:40 PM EST
    teams I want to see defeated. Michigan State is my sentimental favorite (childhood in the Big 10). And I've always had a soft spot for Pitt.

    Sentiment aside, I think the final game will be Louisville vs. Villanova.


    I think (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by Steve M on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 10:59:58 PM EST
    that we got the #1 #1 by being the #4 #2, dunno ;)  I just wanna be a contender.  The Spartans have a way of exceeding expectations and I love rooting for a team that works hard, whatever the result.

    I'd appreciate it if Desmond would bring me luck, but he's more interested in seeing Villanova upset Pitt tomorrow to improve his own chances in the office pool.  4 days old and it's already all about him!


    LOL, I forgot he had his own bracket! (none / 0) (#30)
    by Teresa on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:11:40 PM EST
    He's rebelling already Steve.

    Hehe (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by Steve M on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:16:59 PM EST
    Gotta try to carry on the family tradition!  Audrey won my office pool when she was like 6 months old.  We even bought her a stuffed gator to commemorate her winning selection.

    I even had to leave Desmond's first name blank when I submitted his bracket because he kinda hadn't gotten around to being born yet. ;)


    Go, Spartans! (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by caseyOR on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 10:52:50 PM EST
    Gonzaga's out,but with the MSU win I still have a team to root for. Hopefully, their next game won't be such a nail-biter.

    How is little Desmond, Steve M? How is your daughter taking to her new little sibling?

    Represent! (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by TChris on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:00:54 PM EST
    The Spartans move on, carrying Big 10 pride into the Elite 8.

    He is doing great (5.00 / 1) (#26)
    by Steve M on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:01:50 PM EST
    Mommy is pretty wiped out but I am doing my best to help... like taking Audrey to the playground for an hour today.  The house is so much more peaceful without that little dervish, lol.

    We've had a couple little moments of jealousy but she mostly seems to adore that little "baby boy!!!" as she always exclaims.  She is very sweet with him and whenever he starts crying she looks very concerned and adorable.  I am convinced she will be an awesome big sis.


    I'll bet the Mommy in your (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by caseyOR on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:09:55 PM EST
    house is tired. Are you on paternity leave?

    Kinda sorta (none / 0) (#32)
    by Steve M on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:17:57 PM EST
    I'm sorta part time right now, working from home when I can, which is kinda tough under the circumstances but it beats going into the office all day.  I have a big trial coming up at the end of April so it's unfortunately not like I can just drop out of sight.

    Good that you get to be at home (none / 0) (#33)
    by caseyOR on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:21:09 PM EST
    for the most part right now. I guess "the lawyer has a new baby" isn't really grounds for a continuance.

    Yep. Two is not twice as much work (none / 0) (#36)
    by Cream City on Sat Mar 28, 2009 at 10:40:17 AM EST
    and worry, as many of us thought it would be.  Two kids, and one a toddler, means some quantum multiple more.  And they never want to nap at the same time.  So it takes two parents -- and then some.  

    It will ease in a while . . . until you have two teenagers at the same time. :-)


    Ah, yes (5.00 / 1) (#37)
    by Inspector Gadget on Sat Mar 28, 2009 at 11:35:39 AM EST
    It will ease in a while . . . until you have two teenagers at the same time. :-)

    The not sleeping through the night thing...it comes back when they are teens, and at a much higher level.


    Yeah (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Maryb2004 on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:01:37 PM EST
    how about that Missouri team?  Makes me almost think I'm going to become an avid Mizzou basketball fan again.  Although I'm sure I'll forget that next year when the season starts again.

    Go Mizzou! (none / 0) (#34)
    by MO Blue on Sat Mar 28, 2009 at 07:42:24 AM EST
    Not much of a basketball fan but have to cheer for the home team.

    Your home team... (5.00 / 1) (#35)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sat Mar 28, 2009 at 10:09:05 AM EST
    ...plays BB like I remember from my days--high energy, length of the court defense and lots of passing.  They're quite fun to watch.  

    I'd like to see Mizzu play MSU for the title just because everyone knows that Heartland basketball is the best basketball.  


    Not terrible (none / 0) (#1)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 08:45:41 PM EST

    Glossary needed (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 09:10:01 PM EST
    As to Zags (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 09:29:18 PM EST
    New subject:  save your $$ on Impressionism and The God of Carnage unless you must see the actors. Exit the King is worth the big bucks.  

    Glossary needed (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 09:37:38 PM EST
    Villanova memories (none / 0) (#2)
    by mogal on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 08:49:44 PM EST
    We set behind "Rollie" Massimino in the classic NCAA championship  game of 1985
    between Villanova  and Georgetown at Rupp Arena in Kentucky.  I don't know who put on the best show Villanova's great guard or "Rollie" taking off and putting on his coat.
    The night before we listened to the chant  " Hoya's are #1"  all night long, and they were the Big #1. That night we listened to, "Hoya - Hoya - what the hell's a Hoya. A Hoya is #2 - A Hoya is #2.  

    NYT article on Kirsten Gillenbrand (none / 0) (#5)
    by shoephone on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 09:31:48 PM EST
    An expose that's not terribly reassuring for those of us who remember how tobacco company executives lied through their teeth during congressional hearings.

    Tonight's Trivia Question:

    Who was the lawyer that worked so hard at helping the tobacco companies evade oversight?

    Sooo . . . . (none / 0) (#8)
    by nycstray on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 09:40:01 PM EST
    Who is the NYT suggesting replace her?

    Honesty, I'm watching what she's doing now as a Senator. Then I'll decide.

    BTW, will the NYT even be alive and well at the next round?!


    The day of Obama town hall, (none / 0) (#11)
    by oculus on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 09:54:49 PM EST
    Perky CNN reporter sd. People submitting questions on line probably didn't get their info from TV. She didn't even deign to mentions newspapers.

    My governor was on the legal team (none / 0) (#16)
    by shoephone on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 10:42:30 PM EST
    that nailed the tobacco companies to the wall. And my state got a pile of funding because of it -- money to support much needed medical/biotech research and development. For that, she has my enduring thanks.

    Don't misunderstand, I'm not naive enough to think Gillenbrand, or any other politician, hasn't done things that would make me cringe. I've lived too long and known too many pols personally to think otherwise. But the reality of who and what certain politicians really are doesn't mean I have to lose my own beliefs. If Gillenbrand works well for you that's excellent. I'd still rather have someone like Gregoire as my governor than Gillenbrand as my senator. Just the way it is.


    That was when her job was the AG (none / 0) (#38)
    by Inspector Gadget on Sat Mar 28, 2009 at 11:38:09 AM EST
    I am not so thrilled with her as the governor. She has much bigger things to manage than punishing the tobacco growers.

    Oh, and her slip up as AG (none / 0) (#39)
    by Inspector Gadget on Sat Mar 28, 2009 at 11:41:41 AM EST
    on the labor suit cost the state Millions.

    One should never judge the whole of a politician on just one act. I can't think of one thing, though I'm sure others can, that gives her a standout mark as governor.


    Sounds like she was a (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 09:41:34 PM EST
    Z2alous advocate which was her oath.

    Night for blowouts (none / 0) (#10)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 09:41:40 PM EST
    Signing off.

    Later folks.

    Hmph! (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by Steve M on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 10:01:11 PM EST
    Ye of little faith.  Go Spartans!

    You got the little one wrapped in a green (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by coast on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 10:19:26 PM EST
    blanket?  My Heels are looking good, but still a lot of time.

    Baby went to bed (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Steve M on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 10:36:45 PM EST
    It's a nerve-wracking game!  I wouldn't want him to feed off my agitation :)

    Are They (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by MO Blue on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 10:38:42 PM EST
    Manolo Blahnik's or Jimmy Choo's?

    Michigan State vs. Kansas turned into... (none / 0) (#25)
    by Romberry on Fri Mar 27, 2009 at 11:01:43 PM EST
    ...a heckuva game. I was worried there right up until the last minute as I have Michigan State making the Final Four in my bracket. Weird how much more exciting even a close game can be when you have something as silly as a bracket you're hoping will hold up.

    Three dogs in the hunt... (none / 0) (#40)
    by KoolJeffrey on Sat Mar 28, 2009 at 12:20:03 PM EST
    I had Memphis going all the way, but I still have Pitt, OK, and Mich St in the final four. Right now I am clinging to a small lead. Am hoping for the best.