Be forewarned:Â This postÂ has nothing to do with skepticism, critical thinking, science, women’s issues, or anything remotely important to this site. It’s simply a reflection of my interest in a certain athletic event, and nothing more.
This is for the hoops fans.
I just figured while Rebecca is busyÂ dealing with all the people kissing her asteroid, I could sneak this in under the radar. Hope it works.Â
Anyway, we’re nearing the end of March and like many of you, I’ve been hyper-exposed to college basketball.
Now, this is not unusual for me, as I become swept up in the excitement of the competition every year around NCAA Tournament time. In my book, the tournament is the greatest event in all of sportsdom, and once you’ve seen it, it’s difficult to ignore and impossible to overlook.
The kids are playing for school and glory, and to showcase their talents on a national stage where a good performance could mean millions of dollars in their future. In short, they play balls to the wall, full speed the entire 40 minutes. They leave it all on the floor. It is truly an awesome athletic event.
But at this point, I don’t know if I can watch anymore college basketball.
Actually, I’m certainly capable of watching more games, but I don’t know how much of what I will view in the next couple of weeks will even register.
In fact, lately I’ve come to suspect that very little of the spectacle infiltrates my conscious mind at all. I’m beginning to think that my conscious mind, my upper mind – the one that likes beer and melted cheese, not to mention long legs and nicely rounded backsides – is completely missing out.
And that’s not a good thing, because I really like that part of my mind, and that part of my mind really likes basketball.
But it seems a different part of me is getting the most out of the tournament. A different part of my mind is on the receiving end of all the things it has to offer.
Unfortunately, I don’t like the way that part of my mind is running the store.
Yesterday, I had an in-depth conversation, with a guy I don’t know, about Davidson College. Apparently, Davidson’s basketball team is a tournament underdog, and is still managing to win against tougher opponents, upsetting the No. 2 seeded Georgetown HoyasÂ over weekend.
And apparently, I know this.
Now, this little tidbit of knowledge seems innocuous, right? Seems par for the course, doesn’t it? Even the casual viewer would know about the major upsets of the tournament, right?
Well, not only do I know that, but I also know whereÂ Davidson CollegeÂ is located. I know the type of school it is, its student population, at least three distinguished alums, and most embarrassing of all, the class and major of the person who plays its mascot.
Two weeks ago I didn’t know this stuff. Two weeks ago, I didn’t even know there was a Davidson College. I would have bet there was aÂ Davidson Bait and Tackle Shop-sponsored weekendÂ softball team before I would have guessed at a Davidson CollegeÂ boasting aÂ basketball team that’s still in the big dance. Yet, not only has that other part of my mind absorbed all this junk information, it has foregone beer, melted cheese, and long legs in favor of using it in social settings.
It actually talks about these things!!
And the really bizarre thing is, while I’m immersed in a conversation like the one aboutÂ Davidson CollegeÂ with the guy I didn’t know, my brain sort of splits in two. I can continue the conversation without interruption, but the good part of me, the part of my mind I really like, flies above it all, and wonders who the hell is controlling the half still in the conversation.
It’s as if the real me is looking at this automaton me, this basketball robot me, and to be quite honest, is a little bit afraid of him.
Not only that, but the good part of my mind, while hovering above the “inane conversation” part of my mind, wonders if the other guy has a good part of his mind, too. It wonders if his good mind is also hovering above the trivial basketball conversation, wondering who’s controlling his other half.
The two good parts of our minds no doubt say things like, “To hell with these two fools. Let’s go get a beer and shoot some pool.”
Still I doubt I can turn away from the tournament now. As I mentioned it is an impossible event to ignore.
So where I will go through the motions of sitting in front of a bank of TVs at the local sports bar with my other hoops junky friends for the remainder of the tournament, I have a feeling the images flashing before me will be nothing but a collage of Orwellian “assimilation” videos that once complete, will have me spouting final scores, stats, and mascot trivia without a bit of thought or understanding to what I’m saying.
In short, I will have achieved a different sort of March madness.
Wow!! I just got word thatÂ my friends and IÂ have secured some good tickets. I will be in attendance as my boys, myÂ Longhorns begin their quest to win the South regional in Reliant Stadium this Friday night.