Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today my coworkers and I went to a nearby Irish restaurant for lunch, and they ordered corned beef and cabbage, but I don’t like corned beef (nor did I ever see it in Ireland), so I got a shepherd’s pie. Unfortunately they no longer have the delicious vegetarian shepherd’s pie on the menu, but our local bishop gave us all a dispensation so we could eat meat today, and so I had the regular one with meat.
Did anyone watch that exciting Badger basketball game last night? It was their first game in the tournament (or, as they call it, “The Big Dance”), and they are an 8 seed and played a 9 seed, so the teams were (in theory) pretty evenly matched. In fact, for most of the game the Hokies were just a few points behind the Badgers, but Koenig kept putting in three-pointers and Hayes was amazing at the free-throw line, so at the end the Badgers pulled well ahead and won by ten. Of course, that means that tomorrow they will meet the unstoppable force that is Villanova, and I don’t have high hopes for that game. Imagine if they did win it… Travalon and I went to Brix 340 last night before the game and watched a little of the Villanova game there while enjoying cocktails of Irish whiskey, ginger ale, and lime, which was what everyone drank in Ireland when we were there. Villanova is the top-ranked team in the nation and of course they are a number one seed, so they got to play a scrappy little 16 seed team. During the first half, to our pleasant surprise, the other team (Mount St. Mary) were ahead by a few points, but of course in the second half it did look like a 1 seed playing a 16 seed, and Villanova slaughtered them. The question is, which team will show up to play tomorrow? If it’s the first-half Villanova, our Badgers might have a chance. If it’s the second-half Villanova, then we don’t. Oh, and in case you were wondering, no Number 16 seed has upset a Number 1 seed since 1985.