It's that time of year again when men are mysteriously able to leave work at noon to watch hours and hours of basketball without consequence. That time of year when people create brackets that honor their dead pets (ahem...that would be us) and everyone loves an upset.
Folks, March Madness is upon us.
And when you are married to a sports nut, it's impossible to escape it.
As a non-sports fan, I will say that this is not my favorite time of year. In years past, I enjoyed it because friends would come to visit (since there is really nothing quite like being in Vegas during March Madness.) But since most of our friends now have kids, the revolving door of visitors has slowed considerably.
I'm trying to get into it - really. Brian and I watched 'Running with the UNLV Rebels' on HBO a few nights ago, and I'll admit, I really enjoyed it. It was fascinating to watch 'Tark the Shark's rise to power. And he looked so cute chewing on his towel. It was nice to hear the backstory of a lot of players Brian still jokes about with his friends ("...ohhh! So that's the Lloyd Daniels story...") and understand why most of Las Vegas still has this unrelenting hatred of Duke. And the shots of Vegas during the '80s really highlight just how far (and big) this town has come.
As a family, we filled out three brackets this year: one for Brian, one for Scotty, and the Emma-Cat Memorial Bracket. Brian likes to have a system when doing things, so Scotty picked all the teams that have bears or woodland creatures for mascots, and Emma picked teams that are pro cats, birds, and anti-dogs. I wonder how well she'll do; in the past few years, Brian has lost to the cat fairly often.
So enjoy your weekend and all of the games! GO DUKE! (and UNLV, too!)