I lost my heart for the NCAA basketball tournament last night after Louisville and Ohio State lost. Just being honest.
I wasn't that passionate about any one team, but I did want to see the postgame handshake between Rick Pitino and John Calipari had Kentucky lost. (The pregame shake seemed a little frosty to me.) Also, Louisville dispatched my beloved alma mater Davidson in Round 1, and I think perhaps I might have felt a bit better about that had Louisville gone on to actually become the Best Team in the Nation. It takes the sting out of a loss somehow to be able to tell yourself, "Well, they are the best, and we did keep it tight ..." But Coach Cal's favored UK team did, indeed, vanquish Louisville. Sigh.
In Game 2, I was pulling for Ohio State for the simple reason that this is a state school team with 6 roster players hailing from in-state. That's pretty rare. The Kentucky roster has 4 from the home state, Louisville had 3, and Kansas enters tomorrow's national championship with 2 players from in-state.
In our Ricochet pool, it looks like it will be a battle to the finish between members Kofola and Bill Waldron. Kofola takes it if Kansas wins while Mr. Waldron reigns if Kentucky prevails. (Kennedy Smith will certainly correct me here or on the member feed if I'm wrong about this.) I'm sure these two members left standing will be sweating out the next 24 hours; I know they both really want their T-shirt. Or mug. Or beer cozy. Can't remember what the swag is this year, but it's sure to be hip. Congrats, gentlemen!