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What I Said During the Second Half of the 2012 NCAA Basketball Championship Game

There was one thing I really wanted out of this season of college of basketball, and that was for Kentucky to lose. I don’t like it when people start saying in NOVEMBER a certain team is going to win . . . and then they do. Where’s the excitement in being the favorite?! I want the upsets! I want the butterflies! I want the standouts!


(Yes, I selfishly selected One Shining Moment from 1987 because, you know, HOOSIERS.)

As I sat and watched the game while impatiently sipping my Angry Juice (aka gin & tonic), I jotted down everything I said during the second half. Kansas almost made a comeback, and emotions were all over the board. Mostly due to the Angry Juice.

Without further ado, I present to you: Things I Said during the  Second Half of the NCAA Basketball Championship Game (while sipping my angry juice):

Play like big boys.

That was nice.

Are you kidding me?!

Slow it down.


Play smart.

Come on!

Ok, we hit 30.



This is not volleyball!

I wouldn’t want to disappoint him . . . he has a lot of compassion.

*inaudible yelp*

Set it up.


Where are you?!

F’ing asshole.

I can’t wait until ONE SHINING MOMENT.

He seems wholesome.

Such a nice boy.

I think he keeps his brows like that so he is not distracted by women.

Why don’t you help each other out a little bit more?!

OH OH OH OH OH OH you’re just going to leave him f’ing alone?!

Think about what you’re doing.

Oh you’re just going to hand it to him?!

Ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok ok . . .

Thank you.


The momentum has been . . . ok.

*head nod head nod*

Yeah, that was a good, that was a good.

Keep the momentum alive!



Sometimes I don’t know what to say.

Look! They’ve scored!

*blows kiss at coach*

Oh the rim?! REALLY?T THE RIM?!?!?!?!

God they can’t miss!

That’s what’s exciting about basketball: it’s never over.

That was nice.

*mimics free throw*

Go back to high school!

Yup yup yup–more of that, more of that.

Eight minutes is an eternity.

*disbelief face*


You’re like freaking preschoolers.

This is the biggest job interview of your lives, little boys!

How about you SUCK IT, Kentucky?!

Quit saying perverted things, announcers!

That was good.



Yeah suck it!

Gross. Mouthguard.

Within nine!



Calm down.

Oh really? Don’t you remember they make every three?!


Are you scared?

You do NOT let them shoot threes . . . but thank you for getting that.

That’s interference of some sort!

Almost! That would have been amazing. Keep it up!

AHHH! You’re not invincible.


Not to those white people!

Don’t cheer too early!

Don’t cry too early!


Miracles miracles miracles miracles . . .

It’s mathematically possible.

Steal and three!

Gentle touches.

What if I cry during One Shining Moment because basketball is over?

You’re a fartface.

Hey snaggletooth . . .

Miracles can still happen! But they probably won’t.

Yeah, you just f’d up.

Ok you guys . . . let’s just be angry for a while. But then One Shining Moment will come on and everything will be okay.

(It didn’t. They muted the TVs right after regulation so I did not get to experience One Shining Moment in the heat of passion. It feels so incomplete, so so unsatisfying. But now I will lay in bed listening to the Lexington police scanner and pray to God those kids don’t hurt any horses.)

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I Did Things.

This week, I did things.

I adjusted nicely to the daylight savings time change–even working out at 9:30 pm on Monday night because . . . why not.

I blew off the gym for 74 degree weather and patios. There are not enough words for how well two and half hour on a patio with good friends treats you.

I gave my two weeks notice at my part-time job. A little earlier than planned, but this good weather made it unbearable. That and it wasn’t fair for them to employ a disengaged employee. And I was sick of babysitting high schoolers. And I have trained myself to be better with money so it wasn’t necessary income. But, yup . . . cross one off the 2012 goals list!

I took two days off work to watch basketball.

My dying laptop was placed in hospice after it had a blue screen of death due to overheating. Again, a bit earlier on the timeline than expected, but I upgraded. This post is coming to you from this new device:

So I rearranged some of my financial goals . . . it happens. After hospice-laptop took several hours to restart, started muting itself, started getting hot enough to fry an egg on, and started killing off its components one by one, it was time. The DVDs I burnt to backup and transfer  all my precious data wouldn’t work. My USB drives started dropping one by one. Simple tasks were taking forever.

I should note I was very brave (and stupid) as my trip to the Apple store coincided with a launch day. But I emerged unharmed and in a bit more debt. I’m keeping my SmartyPig money where it is and reallocating that goal towards a new camera (it will be too much a pain to take it out early, and might as well keep saving!). I have had enough money sitting in my savings for a month for my deductible for my car, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to do the repair, as it is highly likely they will total out my car and DO NOT LIKE. I love my car and can handle a bit of a hail damage that isn’t terribly noticeable until you’re standing right next to the car. The purchase won’t change my month-to-month finances, but will mean a few more months added to my payoff plan. It happens.

(I tend to ramble a bit when it comes to justifying my financial decisions. But I ran the plan by a few people and they found it acceptable. So DEAL WITH IT, SELF.)

I am currently in the awkward, fumbling honeymoon stage with my first Mac. It is like this magical machine where I want to learn all the magic! I am still moving all my data in (tiny bucket by tiny bucket, due to disc burning failure and the only SD card hospice-laptop hasn’t killed being only 1GB) and organizing the shit out of it, but then it’s FUN TIME FUN TIME.

OTHER MACBOOK PRO OWNERS: Any tips and magic tricks for first-time Mac owners?! Anything I might not know this magic machine is capable of?!

Okay, back to doing things . . .

This week I also made an infused bourbon (mint) and participated in a bourbon night with friends where I laughed so hard I sweated through my clothes.

I had a nice, big St. Patrick’s day brunch and then managed (somehow) to last a full nine hour shift at the job I am leaving. And it was torture.

And, of course, I transferred a lot of data. So many things.

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. . . And We’re Back.

A little under three years ago, I wrote this post called Love and Basketball. At the time, I was hurt and disappointed. I’d felt cheated and let down and was waiting for the return of greatness.

Well, my friends, that time has come.

As I am sure you are all aware by now, last night the undefeated-yet-unranked Hoosiers defeated #1 Kentucky. At the buzzer. And Hoosier pride was restored to levels that have not been seen since 2002.

That happened and Assembly Hall went wild.

That happened and the students took the streets.

I am just freaking excited again. So glad I get to experience this feeling once again. Let’s make this a season marked by many moments like this and not a season marked by just one amazing moment.

This will be remembered for a long time.

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Flashback Friday

This week in the past: Frat parties and Nelly for Little 500, self pity and the roof of Jordan Hall, parties, sickness, drunk poetry, publication, and Chicago trips.

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Flashback Friday

This week in the past:  exams! boys! boring stuff! abandonment!

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