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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Madness at the Vrabel house

  • As is customary, I've been watching a lot of the NCAA tournament with my sons: the 18-month-old, who for the second consecutive year failed to turn in a bracket I could read, and the 9-year-old, who is making observations nearly as astute as those offered by professional sports commentator people.
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  • As is customary, I've been watching a lot of the NCAA tournament with my sons: the 18-month-old, who for the second consecutive year failed to turn in a bracket I could read, and the 9-year-old, who is making observations nearly as astute as those offered by professional sports commentator people.
    •I graduated from Indiana, so naturally they're our favorite. But the 9-year-old seems to consider a 1 seed as basically an incontrovertible golden ticket to utter dominance, in not only this tournament but basically the next 10 or 12. No amount of evidence can convince him to the contrary, because 9-year-old logic systems are entirely unlike those of you and me. For instance, they're not remotely logical, but they make up for that by also being utterly unchangeable. I once had an argument with my 9-year-old about which pronunciation of the word "tear" I was supposed to be reading. I cannot tell you how right I was in this argument, nor can I convey how badly I lost it. I guarantee you he's still upstairs shaking his head sadly and thinking I'm an idiot.
    •No, see, Indiana is in the East even though they're in the midwest, and Kansas is in the south even though they're in the plains, and there's no North because the north sucks at basketball, and no you're right this doesn't make any sense. This is why I haven't explained the BCS to you yet.
    •"Why is there a Michigan and Michigan State?" Well, see, some schools are state schools. "So there are 100 of them? Hmm, no, that would make sense but it's not how it works. "So Alaska and Hawaii don't have them?" Well, no, they don't, but that's because... "Wait, there's a SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY?" God this doesn't make any sense either. Three days of tournament-watching and my entire sense of reality is bent.
    •"I'm rooting for Illinois because I was born in Illinois, and also Ellie's dad really likes them." It's this kind of rock-solid logic that explains why his bracket would be destroying mine.
    Jeff Vrabel wishes he was a Florida Gulf Coast fan instead of Indiana, because FGCU is a lot less stressful. He can be reached at http://jeffvrabel.com and followed on Twitter, @jeffvrabel.

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