Oh my gosh....was it ever an exciting weekend! You guys are going to be in for picture overload this week! Today, we'll start out with the NCAA tournament games that I went to last Thursday.
As I said last week, I've been a March Madness fan for as long as I can remember. Got this bucket list checkmark. Actually seeing the tournament in person was pretty darn awesome!
I got to see the Baylor Bears v. South Dakota State Jackrabbits for the first game. I was cheering for the Bears because of Cousin Swiss Mister, but I have to admit the Jackrabbits were a lot of fun to watch and they almost pulled off the upset. They had a great fan base that traveled to NM for the tournament. Sidenote: I hated Baylor's uniforms. Hated.
Before the second game (UNLV v. Colorado) I decided to sneak down to see if I could get my picture taken on the floor at the NCAA tourney. I made it to the floor and asked a guy sitting on the front row to take my picture. He promptly refused to do so. Really, dude? REALLY? Anyway, a nice guy sitting next to him said he would. I get all posed and about that time the mascot from Colorado comes over and attacks me in a bear hug. These things only happen to me! So here's the picture of me on the floor being assaulted by the mascot.
The UNLV/Colorado game was intense! Both teams traveled really well and their fans were loud and crazy. The Pit was packed and the atmosphere was exactly what I expected it to be like.
Then, in a random coincidence, I got to the airport on Sunday at the same time as the UNM Lobo team arrived back from Portland. I got to walk out with them to a whole group of cheering fans. I may have pretended they were cheering for me? And shout out to Coach Alford and the boys---you know they were tired and disappointed after the loss to Louisville last night, but I watched them all shake hands and sign autographs for little kids without a single complaint.
March Madness has to be one of the best events in sports. As I was traveling this weekend no matter where you were....be it a bar in Chicago, the airport, or walking down the street....people were talking about brackets and upsets and terrible last second calls that screwed Notre Dame out of win over Xavier. The tournament brings people together in a way that's really fun. You may not know the guy next to you---you may have nothing in common---but because of the tournament, you somehow understand each other. If you ask me, we need more NCAA tournament-type events in the world.
Stay tuned for tomorrow and a recap of my amazing weekend in Chicago! Such an amazing trip!