I had a busy weekend- that is, if you count laying around on the couch and watching TV a busy weekend. I mean, there was a lot of basketball to be watched and very little time! I should've taken notes, because I know I'm going to forget something...
- Friday night, I went out to the Boxing Donkey to watch my friend Adam Donald play some tunes. It was great to see him, and since he and I perform a similar shtick, it is always good to see how other performers play shows. Adam, as always, puts on a great show.
- Saturday, I woke up with severe back pain. Surprise, surprise. I literally can't remember the last time I woke up in the morning and my back actually feeling good. Is it weak? Is it because I sit less than ergonomically correct in my desk? Is it because I play guitar a lot? Or maybe is it because I'm tall and getting old? I have no idea, but I'm seriously thinking about seeing a chiropractor for the first time ever. If I don't, I fear that my rec league basketball career will be over, I will start walking with a cane, and looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- Cal vs. Washington - I watched the Pac 10 Championship game (or at least much of it.) Washington was decently impressive. At least they wanted the game more than Cal did. The UW defense looked strong at the end, and kept Cal from getting clean looks at the basket. What a horrible year for the Pac 10. Only two teams in the Tourney and they are 8 and 11 seeds? The once strong conference has become the Johnny Depp of college basketball- we'll get to that strong comparison later.
- Ohio vs. Akron - Yeah, I watched the end of the MAC championship. I'm fairly certain Akron was the better team, but once again, they did not look like they wanted it. Akron choked hard at the end of the game, still pulled a jumper out of their collective ass (yeah right, like I know any of these players' names) and managed to send the game into overtime. To Ohio's credit, they still surged in overtime and won. It was a decent little game to watch.
- Kentucky vs. Mississippi St. - That was a pretty exciting game. MSU gave UK all they could handle, and yet John Wall hit some crazy off balance 3 point shot to seal it up. By the way, MSU, stop crying about not getting in. A great run in your conference tourney does not get you to the big dance. You need a better body of work- just ask Georgia Tech. Wait- maybe that was the worst comparison I could've gone with. Didn't the Rambling Wreck finish 7th in their conference? Ah, the joys of living life on the bubble.
- Ohio State vs. Minnesota - It's pretty fun to watch a team shoot 90% from the floor. Isn't that what OSU shot? Ok, maybe 86%? It was something like that. I'm not sure how far the Buckeyes will go in the Big Dance, but they did their best NBA Jam impression of being on fire on Sunday. Evan Turner is legit.
- The brackets, as usual look to have some easy calls and some very confusing portions. I'm looking forward to filling one (or five) out. I can't help but wonder if I'll have that same excitement if they expand the field to 96. I love how the public clamors for a College Football playoff, yet that is impossible to provide. Yet, only a few crybaby coaches complain each year about having their bubble burst, and out of nowhere there is talk of expanding a perfect looking bracket to 96 teams. I love my even looking bracket with no byes. I think 128 might sit better with me, but honestly, can't we just leave this perfect event alone?
- Sunday night, I went to see Alice In Wonderland in IMAX 3D. My review is short and sweet. Visually, it looks pretty slick with some very cool effects. Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter is just ok. Like I said earlier, Johnny Depp was once (and could become again) the best actor around. But currently, I'm sick of his over the top role choices that all seem to be caricatures of previous versions of that character (Willy Wonka, Mad Hatter, and even Jack Sparrow has become a shell of his former cool character.) Johnny Depp is clearly a talent, much the way the Pac 10 is a power conference, but both need to step up their game and regain their rightful place amount the cream of the crop.
Last, the storyline is just ok. It's interesting enough, but let's just say this re imagining (it's almost a sequel of the original work) gives away the end within the first 15 minutes and never does anything interesting to make the viewers think that any of the characters are in any real danger. I need a twist or at least some misdirection to create some tension, and there was none of that. It was a decent visual experience on IMAX, though.
So there you go. I can't wait until Thursday. The tournament is always a reason to be happy/excited. It's like Christmas for basketball fans- almost never disappointing.