With toenails trimmed, our new-look NCAA live chat is a go!

TV or not TV, that is the question. Or something like that. (Photo by yours truly)

TV or not TV, that is the question. Or something like that. (Photo and pedicure by yours truly)

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

186 comments Add your comment

ClemsonBrad

March 15th, 2012
12:10 pm

FIRST! Let’s get rolling Mark! Look good on TV the other day!

ClemsonBrad

March 15th, 2012
12:10 pm

I can smell my Krogers Gift Card now!!

GACheesehead

March 15th, 2012
12:14 pm

Mark,

Are you a Foot Model? Dr. Shoals, eat ur heart out!

Rickster

March 15th, 2012
12:17 pm

Kudos, Brad!

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:18 pm

Kudos and thanks, ClemsonBrad.

Rickster

March 15th, 2012
12:18 pm

Maybe they’re not as official as Mark’s kudos… but heartfelt nonetheless. :-)

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:19 pm

And magnanimity from the Rickster.

Jeff B

March 15th, 2012
12:20 pm

There were no comments yet when I first loaded the page… but the sight of Mark’s feet caused me to quickly leave the room without commenting. Sorry Mark!

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:23 pm

Also new this year. I’m commenting via iPad.

Bill

March 15th, 2012
12:24 pm

Mark do I need to go to Facebook to access the chat?

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:24 pm

I’m already tired of the Carlie Sheen DirectTV spot.

Rickster

March 15th, 2012
12:25 pm

Every streak comes to an end, does it not?

UCLA’s… Dimaggio’s,.. Hogan’s… Rickster’s ;-)

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:25 pm

Upset alert: Murray State down seven.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:27 pm

No. This one is being done right here, Bill. Just refresh often.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:34 pm

I congratulate Rickster for showing more grace at streak’s end than did, say, Pete Rose.

GACheesehead

March 15th, 2012
12:34 pm

Upset alert: Murray State down seven.

Dang………..my bracket is trash now

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:36 pm

Don’t panic just yet. Murray State is settling in. Down two now.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:37 pm

Murray State leads.

I have the Racers in the Elite Eight, FWIW.

DCBravosFan

March 15th, 2012
12:39 pm

Mark,

What is your take on the Racers? I am BIG on them. They are the only team in the country with just one loss!

DCBravosFan

March 15th, 2012
12:40 pm

Looks like you answered my question while I was writing it!

Paul in NH

March 15th, 2012
12:40 pm

Did Gene Garvey strike out the Rickster?

cousin vicker

March 15th, 2012
12:43 pm

Me too Mark. Murray state in the elite 8. That makes me very nervous.

DCBravosFan

March 15th, 2012
12:43 pm

And Mark, this is a day early, but you are going to regret that Belmont pick. In addition to the Racers, I am HUGE on the Hoyas!

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:45 pm

Mission accomplished. I found TruTV. It’s channel 48.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:46 pm

Gene Garber, Paul.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:47 pm

Really glad I picked Southern Miss. Down 8-1 already.

Paul in NH

March 15th, 2012
12:48 pm

Mark – thanks for the correction. I obviously had Gene Garber and Marcus Garvey mixed up.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:51 pm

Or Steve Garvey, who also hurt the Reds.

Sonny Clusters

March 15th, 2012
12:53 pm

Is this like NASCAR? We don’t know much about basketball.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:54 pm

Southern Miss looks terrible.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
12:56 pm

This is a lot like NASCAR. Every four minutes, the teams play under caution

Rickster

March 15th, 2012
12:56 pm

Methinks this settles the whole “Are Mark Bradley & The Rickster the same person” kerfuffle.

Josh

March 15th, 2012
1:00 pm

Mark, there needs to be a link to the fiasco page on the front page so I can keep up with my bracket. I cannot find a link to the page anywhere.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
1:01 pm

Murray State down one at halftime.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
1:02 pm

That was becoming a vicious rumor, Rickster

Sonny Clusters

March 15th, 2012
1:04 pm

We was told Fredi was filling in a bracket but kept putting Chipper in the 3-hole and spoiling the ballot. Whack Hyder was a great basketball name because you almost never see anybody named Hyder. We went to school with a Hyder but she didn’t like athletes. She dated us for our good looks and acadmic prowess.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
1:04 pm

Josh

March 15th, 2012
1:05 pm

Thanks Mark!

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
1:06 pm

Actually, NCAA pools are a fixture of the Braves’ clubhouse.

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
1:07 pm

If current trends hold, I’ll be 0-2 on the day.

phil

March 15th, 2012
1:10 pm

Thanks for sharing about your knee….good lord.

cousin vicker

March 15th, 2012
1:10 pm

Have the First Four taught you nothing Mark? No lead is safe.

Bill

March 15th, 2012
1:10 pm

Josh I bookmarked my picks as soon as I finished and I can go right to them.Hope that helps.

Sonny Clusters

March 15th, 2012
1:10 pm

When we was in school we was known for our academics and Jeff and us was both on the Honor Roll. You wouldn’t expect that if you ever heard Jeff interviewed because he comes of a little bit like uh, Chipper when he starts talking and sometimes says things he shouldn’t. We was wondering if DOP or whatever his name is is laying low now that Chipper’s talking about him on the tv broadcasts. We remember when Hudson was ready to dust him over Ken Griffey, Jr. awhile back. Being a journalist can be hard work with some danger mixed in because sometimes the cheese bars have really old cheese on them.

phil

March 15th, 2012
1:12 pm

Is Brett Favre at the S Miss game? Peyton Manning?

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
1:14 pm

You know who really got a kick out of my knee story? The late Larry Munson. He always believed there was more involved

GACheesehead

March 15th, 2012
1:14 pm

No, Favre is not there, but he is texting in his pics.

phil

March 15th, 2012
1:17 pm

Larry should have been talking would be my guess! He certainly is missed, especially now that we have to listen to the wretched current product…

phil

March 15th, 2012
1:18 pm

Favre.

A tough son of a gun but not the brightest bulb at Lambeau Field…

Mark Bradley

March 15th, 2012
1:18 pm

Kansas State has been called for three moving screens. New NCAA record