Friday, 18. March 2011
So, day 1 of the greatest sports month ever is in the books. I’m tied for second in my bracket pool (Holler, Richmond!), which is awesome, but I’m one of those people who dwells on the games I missed, and gets pissed at Florida when they are losing 4-2 one second into the game. As we all saw yesterday, it doesn’t matter if a team is up 23 (cough, UCLA, cough), with under 5 minutes to play. ANYTHING can happen. It’s tourney time, and in that regard you should never count your team out.
I find it quite interesting that there is a gigantic list of shit that you can not eat, do, touch when you are pregnant, and yet nobody bothered to add March Madness to that list. I am telling you: March Madness is not healthy for pregnant people. ESPECIALLY if you’ve got a dog in the fight. I mean, I was on the edge of my seat watching Butler vs. Old Dominion (when in doubt, pick the team with the cutest coach), and was dealing with mid-level stress because I strive to be perfect in my bracket. Which obviously never happens, but it’s amazing how year after year I curse the day Rick Pitino was born.
Then I suffered through Kentucky vs. Princeton (whew), Penn State vs. Temple (whew), Vandy vs. Richmond (HELL yeah). Yesterday was stress central.
But nothing came close to the UCLA game. I have never been in this situation before. I have never gone through March Madness a) sober or b) with my husband on the bench of a team participating. I thought I’d be fine either way. If they win, it’s awesome. UCLA gets to continue to be a part of this awesome time of year. If they lose, basketball season is over, and after 7 months of Laef working 7 days a week, and traveling all the time, I am definitely ready for us to spend a few weekend together before the baby comes.
HOWEVER, once the game got going, I wanted them to win. (Disclaimer: I like my bracket to be perfect, and, um, well I have UCLA winning 3 games and not many people do so I could totally get a leg up on the competition). I wasn’t thinking about Laef being gone or feeling sorry for myself, I was thinking that this is the best part of college basketball, and it’s awesome to see Laef be a part of it, and would be even more awesome to see the Bruins make a run.
And for most of the game, there wasn’t a ton of stress involved. UCLA dominated from the start, and was up by as many as 23 points. But, seeing as this is March Madness, nothing can be this easy. In the last 3 minutes of the game, Michigan State was able to pull within ONE POINT. I realize that I’ve been forgetting to breathe, I am not sure if the baby is scared from my yelling, and the cat is absolutely dumb founded at how stupid humans can be.
I was a disaster. UCLA held on for the win, but I realized that it’s one thing to pull for Butler because you have them winning one game, and an entirely different thing to watch a team with a bunch of people that you know.
So today I am going to try and chill the fuck out and honestly hope that I don’t have to worry about Akron or Hampton.
Laef mumbled something to me last night about not watching any more games and calming the fuck down.
Well, I’m not adding March Madness to the list of can’t do. I will just have to practice my Lamaze while watching.
It’s a win-win in my eyes.