I’ll have you know that I clipped my toenails just for this. (I even thought about putting polish on them. Then I realized I don’t really know how that’s done.) And clipping my toenails is, for this correspondent, an experience fraught with trauma.
On Sept. 25, 1997, I had taken a shower and repaired to the bedroom to clip my toenails. The deed done, I walked into the bathroom to return the clippers in question to their assigned drawer. I slipped on a wet spot and shattered my right kneecap into seven asymmetrical shards. I was on crutches until January. To this day, I have no right kneecap.
But I digress. I worked up my nerve and clipped my toenails because I didn’t want to appear all scraggly for our new-look NCAA tournament Day 1 live chat. As you can see, we have a new TV. The old one in the den stopped working last summer. (Although the old one in the den wasn’t nearly as old as the one featured in previous NCAA live chats. That one still runs like a charm.)
OK, enough about me. The Big Dance starts in earnest today, though it would be tough to top the doings in Dayton on Tuesday: Western Kentucky trailed by 16 points and won; BYU trailed by 25 points and won. To invoke Dickie V.: Are you serious?
First up today is Murray State-Colorado State. The Racers are, depending on your slant, either wildly underrated or overrated. Then comes Kansas State (overrated) against Southern Miss (underrated). Then Wisconsin (overrated) against Montana (dunno). That’s pretty fair fare for the first afternoon, I’d have to say.
And now it’s over to you. I’ll keep going until 4 p.m. or so, and I’d appreciate the company. And if anybody out there knows how to program these newfangled TVs, please sing out.
By Mark Bradley