Lent Day Twelve
Sunday, March 16, 2014 – OK- a word of warning. If you do not like college basketball, then you should probably stop reading this Lenten log now because there is going to be a lot about basketball in the next few weeks. I realize Lent is a religious observance, but to some of us, basketball is a religion. The NCAA basketball tournament is the great equalizer in sports. Smaller Division I schools have just as much of a chance to win as the large perennial power houses. That is one of the reasons I enjoy watching. The difference in a game may lie in a foul and a made or missed free throw. And who doesn’t like to watch buzzer beaters? The men’s brackets come out this afternoon and the women’s tomorrow. I fill in several brackets. One is based on which school’s mascot can eat the other school’s mascot. One is based on school colors. I might pick all schools with the color red. Of course I also do a carefully calculated bracket based on multiple statistical variables. And one bracket is my sentimental bracket. I pick teams based purely on sentimental factors. This year on the men’s sentimental bracket, my championship game is between the Wichita State Shockers and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. Of course, SFA is my one of my several alma maters (Given ‘Em the Ax ‘Em Jacks). These two teams hold the best won-loss records in Division I men’s basketball. I will pick both to go far into the statistical bracket also. On the women’s bracket’s I have any school save Notre Dame and UConn in the championship game. I might pick the USC women because they have red in their uniforms and are coached by Cynthia Cooper. Sometimes I complete a bracket because I admire the coach. So as we dribble through the next weeks, don’t say I did not give you fair warning. Don’t make me call a technical foul on you.