Over the years, several people have wondered aloud about what malady will be next to plague modern man. So, I would not be surprised if between reports of West Nile Virus, Bird Flu, SARS, Spanish Influenza, Restless Leg Syndrome, Spinal Meningitis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C (not to mention the underachieving and lesser known and Hepatitis' D and F) you have neglected to learn about a sickness called March Madness.
Every year, people all over the world stop working and are preternaturally drawn to watching college basketball. This is a force of nature that is magnificent to watch I tell you - it is like spawning salmon or something. It's not like people are watching their alma maters here folks... I mean, I am recovering from a bout of March Madness myself. I watched games involving teams like Western Kentucky, Radford and Robert Morris College. Who knew a college that advertises during the Jerry Springer Show had one of the 64 best basketball teams in the nation?. I screamed myself hoarse watching a Villanova game. I even sunk so low as to watch KU play a game - barf!
CBS has done a great job of capitalizing on this affliction. They broadcast games on their station and stream every game online. You know, to help the sickly who need more basketball to get better. Also, they have an ingenious "Boss button" on their website, so if you decide to go into work while battling March Madness, you can conceal your problem. You press the "Boss button" and a fake Excel spreadsheet opens covering the game you were sneaking in on company time.
This year, Rachel and I got pretty into the NCAA tournament. Our team, the Missouri Tigers, made a valiant run to the Elite 8. My brother Mike, who is staying with us, had never seen the tournament before. So, we started a bracket with Mike and six other friends. The winner gets to choose where we all go out to dinner. Currently, Rachel is in the lead - but I sense a choke coming on... her Champion Team, Pittsburgh, lost last night. We will see if her lead holds up.
In the meantime, we are just under a week from our next appointment. On Friday we will have new sonograms of the twins and more pregnancy related info. For now, enjoy the belly progress pic of Rachel. Even though the Tigers are eliminated from the tournament, she refuses to take that Tiger Tail off. It was not too bad until she wore it to church. It made communion just plain weird.
Names we ruled out while watching the NCAA Tournament this week - DuJuan, DayQuan, DeMarre, and Hasheem.