Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sports Spectacular

As you may or may not know, it's college basketball playoffs aka March Madness.  I don't actually care at all about this, but I know about it because everyone (but me) seems to be talking about who they are betting on or who they have on "the bracket."  Turns out there is a whole bracket thing and you have to pick like 183 teams correctly to win any money.  The bracket has four parts, each with 16 teams.  That's a lot of teams.  Did anyone not make the playoffs?

I think I should get to drink every
time I hear someone say "Final
Four" in the next month.
And why is it called March Madness?  It's half in March and half in April.  Why not "Spring Madness" or "Oh My God, Is Basketball Still On Madness?"  I could also do without hearing the phrase "Final Four" a million times.  Honestly, unless you went to one of these schools, what do you care who wins?  Wouldn't it be easier to just go to Atlantic City, or the like, and put your money on a roulette number?  How are you going to pick a winner starting with 64 teams? 

This is usually the type of conversation I told you about where my husband or I say "You're stupid if you think that" and then the other person says "No, you are."  Husband does not think that I "get" the whole sports thing.  I get it, I just think people are spending an awful lot of time and getting all worked up over something that doesn't actually have anything to do with them and over which they have no control. 

In other sports news, I have gathered more proof of why athletes should really try not to be interviewed or quoted.  Minnesota Viking's running back, Adrian Peterson, used the phrase "modern day slavery" to describe the treatment of the "locked-out" players by the NFL owners during labor talks.  *Sigh* 

Reality Check.  This is a real
slave's home.  I bet all NFL
players have closets bigger
 than this. 
Peterson's actual point was that the owners make a lot of money thanks to the players and that the players aren't getting their fair share of that.  Peterson basically said there is no money for the owners if there are no players, so therefore the players deserve more.  Regardless of whether you think these athletes are making too much money already, the point has some merit.  Of course, we can't really think about the point Peterson is making because we can't believe he doesn't get how wrong and insulting his analogy is.

Um, slaves didn't get paid.  Also, when they didn't like the working conditions, they couldn't choose not to work.  Being refused the opportunity to work due to the lock-out isn't really the same thing.  You really aren't going to get any sympathy from people when you make a lot of money, but compare yourself to people who suffered and were abused and lived in horrible conditions.  Oh, and who could be sold away from their families.  So really, NFL players fighting for a bigger cut of the money is not so much like slavery.

In my own personal sports news, Boy made the high school tennis team.  We were very proud of him because he did not make it as a freshman, but worked all year to improve so he would have a better chance this year.  Yay Boy!   Our less happy sports news is that soccer has moved back outside.  It's not really warm enough yet for outside soccer.  The weather for SB's game this Saturday is supposed to be 50's and raining.  No thank you.


  1. Yay for the tennis team! That is the best sport out there (at least in my opinion). Have fun with the soccer game. I'm sure you probably won't freeze to your spot.

  2. Oh thank you. For putting into words so perfectly my bafflement at this March Madness stuff. And you actually educated me a bit, I know more about it now than I did before. And I will only admit this to you - don't tell anyone - but there was actually a time up until a year or so ago where I thought "March Madness" was referring to a big retail sales event. Like Black Friday. You can tell I'm also not a big retail consumer either.

    And I am also a big tennis fan (about the only sport I enjoy... playing as well as spectating) and how satisfying for your son that his hard work paid off.


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