Yes, mom. I said a rule breaker!
Let me explain. See, in my family, basketball is like a religion (except it's not, cuz my mom and dad taught us better than that---but you get my point). My dad grew up playing basketball all the time. He dribbled the ball everywhere he went (or at least that is what he told us when we whined about practicing so much)--it was probably uphill...both ways...in the snow---and he and his buddies "broke" into the gym at night and on weekends (he said that the janitor "left a window (or door) unlocked" for them) and after all his practice and apparently alluding arrest, he ended up playing ball in college for none other than the esteemed Bobby Knight at West Point.
I do not want to hear any negative comments about Bobby Knight. While he may not be your favorite person, he knows his stuff and is true to the fundamentals of the game of basketball. And I respect that.
Anyway, dad's love for the game and the fact that one of his teammates at West Point was Mike
Except this year.
I am boycotting the Big Dance. Yeah, I said that.
I did not even fill out a bracket.
OOOOOOOOOO! Did you lose your breath? My family apparently did when they found out.
I got a range of comments from, "Wow...you're serious?" to "I am so disappointed in you."
And you know what? I am ok with that! I hear my bracket would have imploded already anyway, so I am glad I did not waste my time with it!
People keep asking me why? They know I love basketball more than almost anything. And truly, I have no explanation for it. I know you think it is because my beloved Tarheels aren't there (they are playing in the 'Not In the Tournament' Tournament) but that is really not it. I am just slightly disappointed in the game this year. And again, I have no reason.
I will tell you that I am not cheering for Dook to win it all. Or Kentucky.
Who do I want to make it to Indy?
I choose Kansas---Rock Chalk Jayhawk all the way (even though I have NO idea what that means!).
But I won't know who gets there. Cuz I'm boycotting. Remember?
Maybe my bracket-filling son will keep me posted.
Because I intend to stay a rebel without a cause!