Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Trash Talk is Trashy

I blogged on Wednesday, March 7 the following: I love filling out a "dream bracket" on which all the underdogs that I like advance and my Cardinals manage to meet & beat UK along the way to their Championship. True to my word, here's this year's bracket in all its glory:
Most people laughed at me when they heard who I had picked for my Final Four. Well guess what? 2012 has turned my dream into a reality. 

Who's laughing now? 

Me. The answer is me. I'm the one laughing, as I sing along to "Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus on repeat. By the way, I've changed the lyrics to "It's a party in the Ville today". Don't hate.

Not only are my Louisville Cardinals meeting the Kentucky Wildcats, they are meeting in the Final Four. It doesn't get bigger than this for either group of fans. If you're not familiar with the rivalry (or if you just want to get more familiar), here's a great breakdown:Basketball Armageddon

Seconds after it was confirmed that UofL would indeed play UK on college basketball's biggest stage, a Facebook friend had already posted the words: "bring on the trash talk." 
With a roll of my eyes and a heavy sigh, I immediately closed my laptop.

Why? Because I simply cannot stand trash talk. Maybe it's my fear of confrontation. Maybe it's because I make my living teaching children to use kind words. Maybe because I think it's a waste of time. Yeah, that's the one-waste of time.

You like your team, I like mine. The end. 

I for one am proud of the fact that the fine state of Kentucky has not one, but two teams in this year's Final Four. I respect the Wildcats, but I love the Cardinals. It's been that way since birth and it's not going to change. And yes, this Friday I will be wearing this nerdy/fun piece of attire to work:
But that does not mean that I want to get into a war of words with any of my UK fan-coworkers. 

On a side note, I wore this shirt to a store recently and the clerk got rowdy when I walked up to the counter saying, "Aw no! Boo! That shirt is all wrong!" 
I said, "I take it you're a UK fan." 
To which she responded, "You're joking, right?" 
As I wiped the sweat from my forehead that began to seep out of my pores upon her verbal assault, the clerk's coworker informed her that the shirt read "Louisville is greater than Kentucky". 
"Oh, my bad. I thought it was the other way around," apologized the clerk. "Go Cards!"
As I left the store, these were the thoughts swirling around my mind: Is it more sad that this woman couldn't read my shirt, or that she's a Cards fan who couldn't read my shirt? What if I had been a UK fan? How would I have responded then? Is it hot in here? 
The fact that I went into my classroom the next day and reviewed 'greater than/less than' is irrelevant to this blog post, but rest assured my 3rd graders know how to properly read my shirt.

Any who...Although on game day I may be thinking negative things about the other team, and occasionally saying them aloud in the privacy of my own home, I will never write them on Facebook or say them to your face. 'Cause at the end of the day, they are not going to make my team play any better. 

So let's just agree to disagree and enjoy this sweet March Madness miracle. Keep it classy in the Bluegrass, friends. May the best team win. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Little Laugh

If you aren't familiar with e-cards, you've come to the right blog. I like to think of them as big laughs that come in little packages. I've seen a few of them on Facebook, and have collected the others via Pinterest. There are many, many hilarious e-cards out there for your viewing pleasure. In no particular order, here are some of my laugh-out-loud favorites:

It's funny 'cause it's true.

Thin Mints, to be exact.

I'm looking at you, Jenny. College Part 2?


Throw in some Cardinal basketball-watching on TV and you've got my plan for this very Saturday as a matter of fact.

Seriously, stop it.

I bet Juvenile wrote this one.

Could not have said it better myself.

This world would be a much better place if "Sweatpants Monday" was a real thing.

This gets truer with every second that I age.

Thanks, Court. No one understands my friends Bella and Edward like you.

Could I sing this in my classroom at least once a day? Yes. In an opera voice? You bet.

And to find more e-cards.

I hope you had yourself a little laugh. Audrey Hepburn does too: "I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person." 
Not probably, Ms. Hepburn. It IS the most important thing. Find what makes you laugh, people.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Madness Has Officially Commenced

Happy St. Patrick's Day, y'all!
The Louisville Cardinals & St. Patrick's Day: Two of my favorite things in this wide world, and the most important things about today, all wrapped up into one glorious article of clothing. I don't care how hot it gets today (the high is projected to be 79 degrees), I'm going to be wearing this sweatshirt, and wearing it with more pride than the Irish feel for their beloved patron saint, mind you. The Cards are scheduled to tip off at 9:40 p.m. and until then I will be soaking up all the Celtic celebration and NCAA Tournament action I can handle.

It's hard to imagine today's teams being able to top the magic we all witnessed yesterday. And by that I mean two 2-seeded teams losing to 15 seeds. Sorry, Duke and Missouri fans. But that. Was. Awesome! Thank you, Lehigh and Norfolk State for busting my bracket. No, I mean it. Who cares about the $5 I donated to my coworkers? It was worth every penny to experience the excitement that last night's games afforded. The Madness is officially upon us, people!

Speaking of madness, if you haven't seen the UPS commercial depicting the "logistics" it took for Grant Hill to pass the ball to Christian Laettner in the 1992 Duke victory over Kentucky, crawl out from the rock you've been living under and join the rest of us, please.
I'm sorry, UK fans-I know this moment is one that you would prefer to forget ever happened. I get it. Believe it or not, my 10 year-old self was cheering for your Wildcats in that East Region final game. I remember the shock that was written all over the faces of my family members watching along with me that night. It hurt. Real bad. I dislike Duke as much as you do, trust me.
But the backlash this commercial has caused the Big Blue Nation is laughable. I love to see people get fired up about things that, in the grand scheme of things, seriously do not matter. I haven't talked to anyone from UPS' marketing department or anything, but I'm pretty sure they did not intend to upset UK fans with their ad. Here's a little taste of the madness to which I eluded: 

Thanks to Card Chronicle for bringing these to my attention. To my friends that are UK fans, please try not to take this commercial (or blog post) personally. There are bigger fish to fry in this world. For you, today that fish is Iowa State. Like you, I hope the Wildcats pull off the victory, too. Let's face it: my bracket needs all the help it can get.

Yes, I'm giggling right now.

I could say that WVU, UConn, and Notre Dame have shamed the Big East, but I won't 'cause I don't really care. Syracuse, you and Marquette can go ahead and lose too if you want. I tasted the sweetness of upsets last night, and I'm hungry for more today. Go Murray State! Go on, VCU! Get it, Colorado!

But most importantly, GO CARDS (men and women)!

Be safe and have fun today, friends! Let the madness continue.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I Told Ya So

I'm not gonna say, "I told ya so," but... Only 4 days ago I posted that March was the best month, and this epic week did nothing but prove me right.
Let's back it up to last Saturday when one Mr. Jimmy Buffet graced the state of Kentucky with his presence for the first time since 1990. I was among the lucky 17,000 Parrotheads to witness the 27-song set that lasted over two hours! 

I know what you're thinking, and the answer is yes, I did have good seats. Mr. Buffet said that he and the Coral Reefer Band loved their trip to Louisville so much, that they'd be back again next year! So if you weren't as fortunate as I was last Saturday, maybe you can catch the Fin Land tour in 2013.

Y'all are already familiar with my love for March Madness, and this week did much to strengthen that love. On Tuesday, the Big East conference kicked off in NYC. By Saturday, the 16 teams involved had dwindled to 2, one of those being my beloved Cardinals. At approximately 11:15 PM, tears of joy were streaming down my face as I watched those Cardinals celebrate their victory over Cincinnasty (no, that's not a typo) as the 2012 Big East Champions. 

To end a season that has been, in one word, frustrating, on a note like this, just further justifies my adoration for the mystique that is March Madness.

Just hours prior to watching this glorious moment, I was privileged enough to witness Bellarmine's first round victory over Lewis. It's hard to put into words just how proud I am to see Knights Hall so alive with spirit. 9 years ago (yikes, 9-really?) as a Bellarmine student, I never could have imagined cheering for this team as it tries to defend its Division II National Championship. 

Check out the monster dunk by Chris Dowe (at about the 1:05 mark) that was the exclamation point of the evening: http://www.wlky.com/video/30655089/detail.html
Tonight I will head back to Knights Hall for round 2. I have a fever, people. And the only cure is more basketball.

All I'm saying is, March is what it's all about. Do yourself a favor and be a part of it.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Marvelous Madness That Has Always Been March

It's no secret that March is my favorite month of the year. Sure, I love December and all it's Christmas glory. And I'd be lying if I said that June and its summer break goodness doesn't bring me a complete feeling of euphoria every year. And we all know how I feel about August, also known as the 30-day celebration of my birth. But I'm sorry, December, June, and August-you're no March.

First and foremost, March is the much welcome sign that flippin' February is over. Hallelujah! 
And coming in at a close second, March is the month that my little sister, Jill (AKA Jillers, Willy Wonka, Jillian, Philly Cheesesteak, and Phyllis McNutt) came into this world.

Her birthday usually becomes a combo March Madness party, which brings me to the next reason that I heart March: Basketball. To say that I live for this sport is not an exaggeration. I make all my plans around UofL's schedule. I save a personal day every year just incase their first round game is before 3:00. I love filling out a "dream bracket" on which all the underdogs that I like advance and my Cardinals manage to meet & beat UK along the way to their Championship. 
My love for basketball isn't limited to Men's Division I. I love following the Lady Cards in their tourney journey. And getting to cheer my Bellarmine Knights onto the Division II National Championship last year was the cherry on top of an already spectacular sundae!

Next to the basketball ballyhoo, March is tops because it holds the holiday of my favorite saint. As far as this Irish girl is concerned, St. Patrick's Day is where it's at. I mean how can you not love a day full of shamrocks, spirits, and smiles?

March is also the time of year that groceries unleash the wonders that are the Cadbury Mini Eggs. Sorry, Halloween, but you and your candy corn have nothing on Easter candy. My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

And as if I didn't have enough reasons to love this month already, March will now be known as the month that I learned my McNugget is a girl! I can't wait to meet her! Check out Kate's blog for an adorable video of the gender reveal party: http://www.southerndwellings.blogspot.com/

As I wrap up this blog post, the sun is shining through my windows-a happy reminder that Spring is right around the corner. Thank you, March! Best. Month. Ever.