Sunday, March 18, 2007

As if it could get any worse...

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Never Put Your Heart in the Bracket

The first round is over, and my soul is heavy after facing the UNLV full court press and watching the Blue Devil turn pale as the blood drained from his face during the last minute of play... It was enough to make me cheer against Virginia Tech, despite the fact that I picked them, because my other "Tech"s were done and it just wouldn't be fair if they got to go on.

Two-thirds of the EE Civil Team is out- James with his Texas Tech squad, me with the Yellow Jackets- but Scacco is still alive since Purdue won.

I put my slippers on the wrong Cinderellas!

I had such hope that Penn could make this year the year that they got out of the first round and that between them and 'Nova there would be a Big 5 Final Four (as The BSAider said to me today- "I'm a sucker for the Palestra")

This is what happens when you fill out your bracket with your heart and not your head...

There are some shining moments though- Pitt is still alive (with some help from Canada), Winthrop could be the new Gonzaga and there is still plenty of ACC at the dance.

Good thing I am through with Harry Potter, cause I got a lot of ball to watch this weekend.

All I can say is... C'MON VANDERBILT!!

Friday, March 16, 2007

More on Wet Ankles and Parking Lots

You've heard me complain about it before.... But today I am sitting here with wet ankles again, and I feel it is my duty to make sure all of you parking lot designers out there realize that the rear passenger side door is NOT a good place for a flowline.

I should have had one of the other parent's take the movie and so you could see me in my sweatpants and crocs getting soaked, but I decided to spare you. Perhaps when I pick up Panorama this afternoon I will take a ruler.

My Camtasia skills are right up there with my Revit skills, so forgive me for my weird callouts and lack of silence in the last few seconds.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Bracket

It's that time of year again... Where we can pretend we have been following College Basketball all year long, when really we just went to this morning and printed the bracket.

(Click below to download Dana's Bracket )

I've always though March Madness was a good bit of fun ever since high school, but now I think it reminds me of all the fun we had going to games when I was in college. As if somehow, by filling out my bracket, I would magically turn 20 again.

I'd wake up standing in the dorm wearing my roommate's jeans and frayed GT logo sweatshirt... with my hair carefully arranged under a ballcap to have the appearance of causual neglect... with nothing but a $20 and some chapstick in my pocket... heading off to watch Stephon Marbury, Matt Harpring and the gang take on the ACC every other Saturday in the coliseum that was affectionately nicknamed after a part of the female upper torso.

It doesn't quite work that way, but I still enjoy filling out my bracket and getting up to speed on probably one of my most favorite spectator sports. I dig the College game immensely... it involves more thinking and finesse than the pro version. You can actually see defensive strategy and passing as opposed to the steady dunk and dirty foul fest that follows the pro game.

Here are Dana's Rules for filling out your bracket (note that none of these have anything to do with who is the better basketball team):

1) If Georgia Tech make it to the big dance- you always make sure they go all the way. No matter what.

2) Temple, Villanova, St. Joe's, Penn and any other greater Philadelphia area colleges should be picked to win at least their first two rounds, unless they come up against Georgia Tech as above.

3) ACC schools that were "nice" to me when I was in school are next (Meaning their swim clubs agreeed to host a meet, they were polite at away games or they have nice school colors). This includes Duke, Wake Forest and UNC. ACC schools that weren't nice to me (or have bad school colors) lose right away. Clemson, NC State, etc.

4) If Georgia (UGA) made the dance, they are OUT first round.

5) Any school that rejected my application for enrollment is eliminated in the first round. (Rice, Stanford)

6) Pick some school that either sounds really cool, you've never heard of or is located someplace really neat and take them pretty far until they run into something as above. (Weber St, Winthrop)

7) Pick Engineering Schools, 'cause you know that the nerds attending those schools need a break from studying and the only way they will take one is when their school keeps moving forward. I would say- to support the engineer/athlete, but I know the GT squad only had an engineering major once ever 5 years or something. But still, we pasty faced tech dorks can pretend it has something to do with us...(Purdue, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech)

That should just about do it. Your bracket should be about 75% filled in after that, so now you just randomly fill in teams in the spaces.


Georgia Tech