Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bracketology (through the mind of a 4 year old)

With March always comes such great anticipation around our house (at least it used to before Duke potentially ruined Sara’s future enjoyment of this annual extravaganza by narrowly beating her alma mater last year in an epic championship game…I digress).

That being said, the excitement may be a tad bit tapered this year, but there is excitement nonetheless.

I have filled out a bracket for as many years as I can remember. I vividly recall begging and pleading my parents to take us out of school so we could go watch the opening rounds wherever they may be. Our attempts were mostly for not, but we were successful a couple of times and for that I am grateful to mom and dad. I’m looking forward to the day I can do the same for our little ones.

I also look forward to the time when I get to talk the kids out of making silly/dumb/ridiculous decisions like the one I made in the early 90’s. That is when I passed up the opportunity to go with my dad and brother to the Final Four in Minneapolis. Why would I do something so unthinkable? Because I couldn’t bear the thought of missing my class’ overnight field trip to the Cincinnati Zoo (I was young and stupid).

Ladies and gentlemen, that wasn’t just any Final Four, that was the 1992 version which featured my two favorite teams, the Calbert Cheaney led Indiana Hoosiers and a much more svelte Bob Huggins’ led Cincinnati Bearcats (the other two teams weren’t bad either as Duke ended up prevailing over the Fab 5 for Coach K’s second consecutive national championship…not that I remember and am still upset with myself). Oh well, I have been to a few Final Fours since then so that makes up for a little bit.

Back to the topic at hand…

Along with filling out my own bracket each year, I get a real kick out of the kids getting into the action as well. Parker’s bracket this year is pretty legit. Although I would have bet $100 he would have picked UK to win it all, instead he went away from his heart and picked Ohio State.

Lleyton, on the other hand, picked solely with his heart. Who might you think that a 4 year that is less interested in watching sports on TV than his mommy would pick? If you guessed San Diego State you would be correct. Not out of respect for Steve Fisher’s tournament resume. Not because he really enjoyed watching them play this year and is uber-impressed with their 32-2 record. Rather, he picked them because that is where he thinks Diego lives. If you think that is funny, would you believe that his cousin and fellow budding bi-lingual cartoon lover Nick picked the exact same thing…for the same reason. Hilarious.

If there could be National Championship game featuring San Diego State vs. San Dora State, these two wouldn’t know how to contain their excitement. I’m pretty sure Lleyton would pick Dora b/c she has Swiper, who could be a lock down defender.

Let the madness begin!

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