Monday Dreg

Is this Kentucky? – andersiano.deviantart.com

Ball 1:

The Karmic-Wheel of Justice has two games remaining to rip out the hearts of big blue’s die-hard fans.  We told you how to beat Kentucky and Notre Dame gave it a shot, but something happened when Jerian Grant decided to not pass the ball on ND’s last 3 possessions.  Does it make a difference?  Who knows, but there is a case to be made for that kind of hero-ball costing a team a chance at victory.  Of course, maybe it’s just the (bad) luck of the Irish this year.  That’s twice, in two sports, the Fightin’ Irish have taken the number 1 team in the land to the wire, only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Now, we have the Final Four set and to be played in Indianapolis.  It will be interesting to see what kind of controversy is made or mentioned with Indiana’s new law.

For Kentucky to lose to Wisconsin, LSU gave you the formula:  Athletic big men who can rebound and start fast break points.  Wisconsin is averaging 80+ points per game and Wisconsin has to continue to make buckets from downtown.  Kaminsky gets the press, but Dekker has been the guy in the tournament and he has to continue to light it up.

When it comes to ‘Tucky, everyone has a plan until your punched in the mouth.  In this rematch it is size versus experience because both teams have talent.

What is it about Izzo‘s teams that seem to peak in the tournament.  If you saw them before the tournament, against quality opponents you would never believe they’d be in this position, and yet…

So how does Sparty beat Duke – they have to keep drinking whatever kool-aid they have been and hope the “magic” lasts.  Michigan State is the least talented team left, but might be the team that play together best.

For Duke they have to focus on Mich.St’s guards and shut them down.  Duke plays the most uptempo of anyone left and needs Winslow to keep doing what he’s doing, averaging: 14pts, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, plus 1 block and 1 steal a game.

It’s been a long time, it seems that we have three really talented teams in the Final Four that all would be worthy champions – Saturday we shall see.


Ball 2:

Leave it to the sycophantic media, angry they don’t get enough of the jock-strap tea to slurp.  Dennis Dodd, member of the media, takes to twitter to flame Rodgers because…He has seats better than he does at the game?  Is allowed on the court?  Dating Olivia Munn?  Has hair?  Probably all of it and he brought up most of it in his twitter rant, only when Rodgers declined to be interviewed – as it was about Wisconsin making their second trip to the Final Four, in as many years, to play Kentucky again.  As you will see below – Dennis Dodd acted like a petulent child.  Aaron Rodgers does not need any more help in justifying his place on the court or in the stands, he did just fine by himself.  But why the outcry?  Where was it last year when he was in the stands, in the locker-room?  So what if he never went to Wisconsin (he went to Cal), he has worked in the state for over a decade.  Does that not earn him the right to support the local school they same way they support him?  As for Dodd, the irony is thick, coming from an entitled reporter who gets press passes to any event he wants – complaining on how Rodgers gets special treatment.  Dodd, He’s a NFL-MVP Quarterback and is dating an actress – welcome to ‘Murica!  Besides, how does Dodd justify himself being there – he’s a football writer and never went to Wisconsin either.

Rodgers took notice of Dodd’s manbaby tantrum and responded:


Ball 3:

We have 6 days until the season starts and in honor of that, here is what some high heat looks like.  So go out there, win your beer-league and get a good pitch to hit.  Opening Day around here is treated as a National Holiday – all you have to do is say the words and the room airs out, the light pours in.  No other day represents endless possibilities like Opening Day.  No scores yet, no losses, no blame or disappointment and no hangovers, until at least the game is over.  It’s a signal that the world is waking up from it’s cold slumber, to give way to longer, warmer days, worries as light as the clothes we wear and even the best part of the worst day is knowing it’s all going to be ok.


Ball 4 – take your base:

Only because Sportscenter had to talk about Wrestlemania XXXI last night.  Not sure how that fits within the sporting narative of the world-wide leader when the they just as easily could have opened with the season finale of The Walking Dead – It’s the same thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I have friends, actual grown-ups who watch and follow – and I myself have dallied in the male soap-opera.  But ESPN deserves a C’mon man.  It is not a sport.  A Sport is defined by me as something that is athletic and requires some sort of defense, or prevention of your opponent from scoring.  Chess is game that has defense but no athleticism.  Golf has neither.  Cycling is the worst, it has athleticism but no defense and is nothing more than what any 5yr old can do – except for enduring more pain than the other guy – and they can’t do that very well with all the blood-doping+drug use.  Wrestling it’s fun, it is athletic, however knowing the ending is predetermined, eliminates it – None of this takes away the joy you can find in any non-sport-endeavor.

There seemed to be a lot of surprises dropped this year providing salvation to a crazy week leading up to it – or so I hear – Rousey shows up with the Rock, etc – it appears to have been a blockbuster – I never knew that a guy could lose in another match – bring a briefcase to “buy-in” and steal the heavyweight title from the two guys who wearing killing each other to win.  Looks like I’ve got to watch RAW tonight to find out the DiRT.

  • Full WWE WrestleMania 31 results and winners…
    Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in a Triple Threat Match to win the  WWE World Heavyweight Title
    John Cena defeated Rusev to win the WWE United States Title
    Daniel Bryan defeated Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, Stardust, and Bad News Barrett in a Ladder Match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
    Triple H defeated Sting
    AJ Lee and Paige defeated The Bella Twins
    Randy Orton defeated Seth Rollins
    The Undertaker defeated Bray Wyatt
    The Big Show won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
    Cesaro and Tyson Kidd  defeated The Usos, Los Matadores, and Big E and Kofi Kingston in a Fatal 4 Way to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles

3rd Stone from the Sun

This revolution goes on and on…

Justice, is supposed to be blind.  It seems like it has been a awhile since we have seen the scales tip as they should.  Life’s virtuous dance is a comedy of errors, frequently performed with you walking home one night; and a young derelict asks you for a smoke – you don’t, so you apologize you don’t have anything to give him.  But as you continue to be on your way, you feel a sharp pain in your back and then another in your arm as you turn around to watch this vagrant repeatedly stab you.  As he runs away you plead for the woman across the street to call the police.

Shortly thereafter disposed in your hospital bed, you overhear they picked up your assailant jay-walking, with the knife, your blood on it, in his hoodie-pocket – the woman who helped call the police for you also identified him and he is arrested for stabbing you.

While you continue your physical therapy you see on TV that the knife isn’t admissible because it was found without probable cause, because they only stopped him for jaywalking – and the woman is discredited because she wears eyeglasses and wasn’t wearing them at the time because she needs them only for reading – furthermore, it’s revealed that there is a pornographic theater somewhere in her neighborhood, so clearly her character is in question…

The guy who stabbed you…his attorney will say that he was fondled by his 4th grade basketball coach and you were mocking him for not being able to afford his own cigarettes that he needs for his medical condition.  So now as you look forward to months of rehab and the real possibility that you will not be able to hold more than a box of Kleenex for more than 2min and going up the stairs will require grandma’s motorized chair-lift, because the one lung that functions properly gets you as far as the laz-y-boy to the TV – all charges end up being dismissed and you wonder where is your equity?  This allegory is not far fetched – we’ve watch it all unfold in a myriad of ways across this country in real time.  Like a cop who busts a motorist for having over 200lbs of drugs in his trunk, being inadmissible because the officer pulled him over for not having a front license plate, and the state does not require it…

It’s all so fortuitous, justice being defined only by “rule of evidence”, and several institutions are failing to get it right.  The NFL resembles a kangaroo court of it’s own – at times almost a facsimile of the actual ideology in real life.  Hizzoner has said that justice for the Browns and the Falcons will be swift and severe.  The Browns for texting staff and coaches during football games.  The Falcons for pumping in crowd noise.  Crowd noise that did not help a team that went 3-5 at home.  Stupidity is punishment enough and has never been an acceptable excuse – for the Browns they deserve the death sentence as an organization with no control.  As for what the severe penalty(s) will be…who knows…it could be draft picks, fines, suspensions, no more caviar in the owner’s box, and all beer must be served at room temperature, in red solo cups from Budweiser.  We know the NFL esteems the safety of QB’s more than women and children – the going rate for a player who abuses women is 2 games or time off with pay – if it is simply child abuse, just time off with pay…so what will the punishment really be from a league tribunal, who claims a balance sheet defense, being unable to afford endzone cameras – Belichick is still lobbing profanity laced tirades at the Oligarchy of old rich white men.

Justice?  One rule change to aid officials in getting the call right is turned down and another is made because everyone forgot the rules – turning something legal, illegal.  The “illegal type thing” is the  innovative play the Patriots used against the Ravens.  The NFL has decreed swiftly to punish creativity and innovation – while rewarding the soap-opera of fools.  All the creativity of Belichick did was line up multiple men along the line of scrimmage, but outside the tackle box.  Any youth football coach will tell you to ignore a player who lines up along the line of scrimmage between the split end and the tackle – that player is a decoy.  Simple right?

But instead Hizzoner ruled it was too much for a professional athlete to have to think about such complicated, unorthodox formations – as the forward pass was once thought of.  Someone like John Harbaugh should know better, being a son of a coach, whining, calling it an “illegal type of thing” – it isn’t, but who knows what that even means – the rule is clear as it relates to how many can lineup on the line of scrimmage, how many must, who is eligible and all told to the referee who announces it, so it is far from deceptive.  Innovation is a fundamental right, but then again, change is hard for troglodytes and….

Justice, seems to be best served cold – like revenge.  Served up when a governing body is tasked and created to keep institutional control from spinning out of instituional anarchy.  Existing to prevent rogue nation-states of education from creating an unfair advantage on the field of play – rogue’s like SMU, Kentucky and USC.  But who watches the watchers?  What do you do when internal affairs makes up the rules as they go – how does law and order get upheld and when does justice prevail?  For the NCAA it doesn’t.  It does what it wants.  It fabricates, oversteps and turns away whenever it feels like and decides that its ceremonious power is absolute.  You either become what you hate or fall victim to what it is you hate and the NCAA is now emerging from the muck as the bastard child, as rogue as any of the institutions they pretend to serve.  They regulate peanut butter instead of searching for real corruption.  They profit from every contest the “student-athlete” participates in, but when that same student barters free merchandise they received in a NCAA-sanctioned event for other services – they swing the hammer and tattoo justice.  Decades of child-abuse and assault is swept under and given a blind eye, when they chose to reinstate arbitrary wins – completely missing the point of what “lack of institutional control” actually means.  Miami gets nothing and USC’s Todd McNair gets a show cause penalty for no evidence of wrongdoing.  Typical misguided NCAA Frontier-Justice.

The NFL, the NCAA, all frauds, as is every other entity that believes they merit justice fairly and with principle while we watch their hypocritical maneuvers and insane decisions, only to wonder when does the scale tip back towards due process.   Watching the faith we had in Justice disappear is sad and confusing.  Justice is a backbone of democracy, essential to the Republic – you lie, cheat, steal etc, you pay the price – now its all shrouded in a fog of mistrust and disbelief – being manipulated by corporations and governments – leaving imitation justice merited out on the small and large screens, prostituted by Hollywood – the whole thing is out of order.


 

I’ll leave you with this…enjoy the Madness and your weekend.

Monday Dregs

Nietzsche said, “out of chaos, comes order.” Or maybe he didn’t.  The infamous Howard Johnson of Rock-Ridge had quoted him, in a town meeting to discuss the new sheriff – so maybe it’s true.  But maybe chaos theory explains it just as well as Nietzsche – the more complex system, the faster and easier it breaks down.  That could apply to climate-change, governments and our bracket(s).  There is a morbid Bedouin proverb that says: “As the camel falls to its knees, more knives are drawn.”  A Proverb is a proverb because it speaks to a permanent truth…which may or may not be exactly how we felt when we saw what happened in the opening rounds.  All those 1 possession games, upsets…Seppuku

That is the word I was looking for when the Tigers of LSU missed 20 consecutive shots to lose the game against NC State.  There wasn’t much to expect this year, but to lose that way was a terrible shock to every fiber of my body.  It’s like your heart goes limp and the air is kicked out of your lungs for 20-30 seconds after seeing the final score and how it came to be – I fell sideways into a plate of tacos, like I was whacked in the head with a baseball bat.  Momentarily, I might have blacked out, but the room had already emptied except for two girls who were snickering at me as they walked out the door.  I was so swollen with shame that I felt like a fat kid after halloween – and that was when I thought about reaching for my gold-handled sword, as Dean Martin sang about kicks in the head  – it was the only honorable way out.  Just then I got a text message, taunting me and my thoughts moved from melancholy ceremony to vendetta.  A feeling I’m sure is shared with any fan of Virginia, Kansas, Iowa St or Villanova.

In our attempt to breakdown the bracket and build us all a better mousetrap – it appears we accomplished that.  If only we actually listened to what the tea leaves told us.  What we built, ended up getting 28 out of 32 correct on Thursday and Friday – 13 out of 16 for the weekend – that’s 84.4% overall!  Now if we had only listened to our own model…but that’s the trick isn’t it?  Just because you got UCLA correct and the system got it wrong – you blame the minor flaw for the whole – like Seinfeld and the numerous women he dumps because they are a low-talker, has man hands, or eats peas one at a time – and it all seems justifiable.  We chose poorly – the game is rigged, it knows you need the 12/5 upset, there was none.  It knows you have to find two #10 seed upsets and it gave one, Ohio St.  It counts on you selecting a #15 seed beating a #2 because the last 3 years it has happened, becoming a trend – but shuts that door on you as well.  Much like it knew the record of the #3 seeds, and yet the game crushed you with UAB over Iowa St (also a double-digit favorite), Georgia St over Baylor and almost gave you Northeastern over Notre Dame.  Only 3 times has 2 #14 seeds won a game in the same tournament – 1986 and 1995, and the last time a 12 did not beat a 5 was in 2007.  Hell, #8 seeds only win 53% of the time in the tournament the last 16 years and that did not stop all of them winning this year.  She’s a cruel mistress.

The system says Villanova and Virginia and your brain says they will fall – you know this, but when do you switch your faith in the design, to what is rationally dependent.  Is there any bigger set of teams that consistently choke away their chances more than Villanova and Kansas?  Of course you could be an entire state, like Texas, who failed to show up.  Even when the advice tells you to pick with the cruel logic over the bleeding heart, you still line up and get slaughtered.  The NCAA fattens us up so Vegas can eat well in the Spring.  But I digress, our bracket is hanging on and is tied with several other prognosticators having more final four teams than most and being the only one out of 8 that has Arizona and Duke in the title game.  If only we had listened to our own March-Madness Frankenstein – who says this is how the next round shakes out:

  • Notre Dame close
  • Wisconsin close
  • Kentucky
  • Arizona
  • Gonzaga
  • Louisville
  • Duke
  • Oklahoma

Further advancing Oklahoma over Louisville, Duke over Gonzaga, Arizona over Wisconsin and ‘Tucky over Notre Dame.

Aside from our DiRT Canon Analyzer, here are other “entertainment purposes only” trends in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8:

Sweet 16

  1. the Sweet 16 is usually where double digit seeds go down like a soccer player.  Better seeds have won 50 of the past 72 games SU (69%) the last nine years, but are only 29% ATS since 2012 (7-17)
  2. From 2003-2010 favorites of at least 5.5 were 22-1 SU in the Sweet 16.  However, 4 big upsets have occurred since: Arizona (+9.5) over Duke in 2011, Kentucky (+5.5) over Ohio St in 2011, Louisville (+5.5) over Michigan St in 2012 and Marquette (+5.5) over Miami in 2013.  These big favorites are only 17-18-1 ATS since 2003.
  3. Last year’s Sweet 16 featured six teams seeded 6th or worse, and three advanced to the Elite Eight, including #11 Dayton beating #10 Stanford.  That makes the lesser seed 8-2 SU and ATS (80%) in the last 10 situations when two teams seeded #6 or worse met in the Sweet 16. (none this year)
  4. Double-digit seeds are just 4-24 SU in the Sweet 16 round since 2003, with the only such win coming when #11 Dayton beat #10 Stanford, 82-72.  (UCLA is the only double digit seed remaining).
  5. In games where the total is 128 points or less, the UNDER is 14-5-1 (74%) since 1999.

Elite 8

  1. Since 1998, lesser seeds hold an overall advantage in the Elite 8, going 44-22-3 ATS (66%), including 3-0-1 in 2014.
  2. Lesser seeds in the Elite 8 had been 7-9 ATS (6-10 SU) from 2007-2010 before a 12-3-1 ATS run (11-5 SU) overthe past four tournaments with #8 Kentucky, #7 UConn and #2 Wisconsin all advancing as lesser seeds in 2014.
  3. Teams favored by 8+ points in this round have won 12 of the last 15 games, but are just 4-10-1 (29%).  Florida beat Dayton last year 62-52, giving up 10 points.
  4. When the difference in the seeds was five or more from 1998-2010, the better seeds were 12-1 SU, 4-8-1 ATS (33%).  But since then, #11 VCU beat #1 Kansas, #8 Butler beat #2 Florida, #8 Kentucky beat #2 Michigan and #9 Wichita St beat Ohio St.
  5. In games with the total is less than 145, the OVER has won 73% of the time (33-12).  However was just 1-3 last year with only Kentucky/Michigan surpassing the total.

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Sediment-al

3 Strikes

1 – Football is and has always been a brutal sport.  It satiates our bloodlust.  It feeds the ancestral need to watch brutes maim each other in the Coliseum.  We watch more intently now, devour fantasy stats, play in leagues, play online and buy merchandise.  We obsess and have been consumed by a product that promotes violence, while we swivel away when that violence spills over into real world.  We watch fascinated, as young men mature up the ladder to hopefully play professional football – knowing the inherent risks involved – just for that chance at eternal glory the mob showers their heroes with – only to later bemoan their suffering.

The NFL has been called out for the cover-up of head trauma and parents have begun to opt out, not letting their sons play football.  The media acting as town crier, continues to signal the end of Pro-Football and yet the adoration advances.  Now we learn of several shocking retirements of players that still have treadlife – retiring because of injuries, or future health risks.  Patrick Willis having a Hall of Fame type career, betrayed by the pain in his feet.  Jake Locker retires after 4yrs in the league and joins Sydney Rice as players labeled with potential never realized.  However, Chris Borland, a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate, was maybe the biggest surprise, retiring after one year and was looked at as the next man up after P.Willis – will the last man in the 49ers locker-room please turn off the lights…

The Town Crier is shouting, this is the beginning of the end for the NFL.  Calling this the tip of the iceberg for the League and too recognize how dangerous the game has become.  The NFL counters that concussions are down, and that may be true, but this is a sport built on the assumption of brutality.  One on one battles actually exist, bones are broken, blood is spilled, exotic sports cars conducting ballet with dump trucks and we love every minute of it – fall can not come soon enough.   But what of the product?  Will the cries of fervor and weekly campaigns of “think of the children,” against the league change how football is watched?  All the players that are retiring of injuries and fear of “after-football” will be replaced by others seeking idolatry – there will always be those willing to sacrifice themselves for our sanguine hunger for the adulation of hero worship.  But at what cost to the talent pool?  Do the better athletes migrate to other sports, that require less than the requisite pounds of flesh the NFL offers?  Baseball players live normal healthy lives “after-baseball,” receive pensions, and medical benefits that are the envy of every sport – you can play longer, make more money, but the globalization of the game of Baseball, adds more to the talent pool.

If we get to the point that talent will not play in our Coliseums – we will find others – maybe we continue with the convict philosophy the NFL seems to embrace, #RayRice, #GreggHardy, #AaronHernandez, etc…We will be entertained while our true gladiators will be those that we care the least about – the locked up dregs of society.  Or Elon Musk will develop robotic machines that play our games with an exploding football.  When you drop a pebble in a pond you get ripples – soon that ripple fills the whole pond.  This could be that moment and I say that ripple has started and will circumvent the whole NFL pond.  We will remember more what football used to be than what it has become.  Players will come and go, but our thirst will always exist and we will be forever hungry.


 

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3 – Oh Rockies…You put out, for a national audience, your A-lineup.  The Angels, scrupulously countered with a journeyman pitcher, found in baseball’s independent league.  That’s the next level up from A-league Softball – or the more like the beer-league of baseball.  You would think we would have jumped on the guy, but no.  This is the Rockies and too often they demonstrate a lack of plate discipline or fundamentals, to hammer a guy who does not belong in the majors.  The Rockies were shut out and lost 11-0 to the not-in-Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  Mike Trout smoked two home runs – 2-run and a 3-run jacks before he exited – Mike Trout 5, Rockies 0.

I know this is Spring Training.  I know it is Baseball’s version of pre-season and none of it matters, but when we will stop hearing the excuses.  Tulo, who went 0-2 made the comment that this beer-league pitcher just: “jumped on us.”  How does that happen? Why does that happen?  The guys pitching for our team are better than Capt.Softball and still got waxed by the Halos, giving up 11 runs.  We scored none. Nada. Zip. Squadoosh.  Are we already pretending this is a road trip?  Please tell me we will have meaningful baseball after July and not another year of excuses, like we have had the last 4yrs.

Dregs of Madness

We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad…You must be, or you wouldn’t have come here.

The Cheshire Cat – Alice In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Strike 1

The Madness descends like the blanket of night in the forest of basketball, haunted by the headless-horseman.  You can always count on the bloviating rancor of DickieV chastising the committee for this snub or that snub – it’s buffoonery, a jester’s errand.  When will the Emperor Vitale shows us his new clothes and give us a taste of the teams he would select?  This is and will always be the problem and proof #1 why college football should never expand the playoff.  Who really cares about teams that barely qualified in a field of 68.  If you could not separate yourself, or win your conference tournament among the chosen 68 teams, then you have no beef.  It mirrors the hall of fame argument – you either are, or you are not – if it has to be debated – you are not a hall of famer.

Of course it’s not like there aren’t some head scratchers.  Temple did beat Kansas and has fewer bad losses than darling UCLA, who lost to ‘Bama, CU and Arizona St – and also got brazilian-waxed by OU, UNC, Gonzaga and Kentucky.  Temple did play Duke and Villanova, but let’s compare the best win – UCLA beat 5th seed Utah and Temple beat 2nd seed Kansas – by 25!  While Vitale is outraged at Murray St he forgets CSU who is a top 30 RPI team – what else did CSU need to do, to prove they are better than “Yook-la.” CSU, could actually be the first team in history to be a top 30 team, have 5 wins against the top 100, and not make the dance – not even the ridiculous play in game.  UCLA, clearly is a ratings bump and Vitale will not talk about teams that are in, just who is not – why do they keep giving airtime to this clown.

Another team DickieV should have discussed is Georgetown.  How are they a #4?!  Is the committee really saying the Hoyas are a top 16 team by seeding?  They were swept by Providence and Xavier – then in the Big East tournament they squeeked by last place Creighton, only to be whooped again by the Musketeers.  For proof, look at another #4 seed UNC and the run they had – Georgetown is as good as UNC?

…and when are we going to stop playing championship games on Sunday?  Everyone should play their championship games on Saturday.  It would give the illusion that the committee actually is reviewing, contemplating, and revising their seedings; further guaranteeing all teams to have a certain amount of rest before the dancing starts.  I know, it’s not easy – but I’m still waiting for the #16seed upset that statistically happens once every 1,747 yrs or so and the way the committee decides things – it will happen soon, further questioning their integrity by the ghost of Vitale, who will be long gone with his faux outrage.


Strike 2

Are you Shveding me?

remember this?

well either Alexey Shved is some kind of basketball-savant or he just plays like a seredipitous kid on the court – because – this – just – happened!

 

…and 1? C’mon man!

Strike 3

Nothing like a little British perspective to quench our thirst….

no time to watch it all – skip to 18:30


 

Today, we will be working on the bracket-ology and provide you that info later today – so look for it.

here is who we are going with for the play-in games, that no one cares about, outside of these schools’ alumni – the winners are…

 

 

 

3rd Stone from the Sun

Beware the Ides of March – I’m a Hustler of Culture

History has shown that tragedy strikes frequently in March – it has never failed to bring fear, grief and extremely tangible losses – we always say this year will be different.  But as gamblers, it’s a time of rooted sludge, foul treason and guaranteed personal implosion.  It’s not quite spring and I get the creeps everytime I look at the calendar….big tree fall hard.  Even astrologers will tell you that March is a time to lay low and too beware taking risks, because March is ruled by Mars – the Sun is in Pisces, which is the worst time of the year to make decisions – just ask Caesaret tu brute?  Those decisions are sure to be made for emotional disturbances, rather than logic or rational thought.  Stupidity might be the new law of the universe.

Our culture has gone from civil debate, to twitter trolls, to the guy on Wheel of Fortune asking if he could make an “on-the-spot-dice-spin”?  You wonder if intelligence has become a liability to only be answered by a single word: MEH.  Morons, out in force, making left hand turns from right-hand lanes so they can pay for tacos in a drive thru with a check – “I have to have more money – I have more checks.”  You ask what happened?  What happened, is first…..uh 7?  It seems the break down is in education, with mandatory testing, lamenting we leave no child behind – only to leave our kids barely being qualified to run the ‘whack-a-mole’ at the traveling circus.

You could say we are at the fork in the road and it’s time to eat.  To the left you got books and to the right you have technology.  I’m wanting to take the hard left – but that sweet-digital-voice is telling you that technology will make it better – meaning less work, less thought, more stupid and soon it will no longer be just the King who shit himself.  We all will line up and take instruction from the giant LED screen and as long as we follow along, they might actually let us keep the little piece of our brain in a jar to take home.  Don’t believe me?  They still keep talking about how a man will be able to make love to any woman he sees on TV thru virtual reality – and you know it’s all over then, because being unemployed won’t be so bad when you can spend the $19.99 of your unemployment check to insert yourself into the latest bacchanal on Game of Thrones, or bang the Carl’s Jr spokes model in-between late night re-runs of the Simpsons.  It will make crack look like bottled water.

Brainstorm – 1983

That brings it full-circle to US – the degenerate gamblers – we know the terrible truth that March is truly the month of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament – and we know what that means, don’t we? Yes sir.  It’s the wheat from the chafe – it’s the belief that you know more than the other mouth-breathers – the realization that technology can help you pick a better bracket – it won’t.  The game is rigged, and that little piece of brain they let you keep – you needed that.  Even for the coolest and calmest Professional Risk taker it becomes extremely dangerous territory – less for the emotionally berserk amateurs with ‘home team fever’ – those poor bastards are doomed – It is a mathematical certainty – like musical chairs with only one chair.  Do you want to see the scars on my soul from past gambling disasters that never healed?  Want proof that scars on a man’s soul are real?  Ask any Kentucky fan anytime he sees the word “Duke.” #1992

March is a month without mercy for rabid basketball fans.  There’s no such thing as a gentleman’s gambler, no matter how much cognac (VSXOP please) you drink when the big dance rolls around.  All sheep will be fleeced, all fools punished…even your good friends will turn into harpies – they watch you intensely for any sign of emotional commitment to your bets, and then jump on you like a “john” on dollar day.  Loyalty is a fatal weakness in this game – it’s an open invitation to a beating.  I have been aware of it for years now and I am quick to take advantage when I see it in others.  Any Jackass who will bet his heart instead of his head on tournament games is either a brindled stooge or temporarily deranged – and all suckers are fair game, especially when they are crazy.  While I preach it, for some sick reason, I have never been fully able to cure myself of it, even though the pain it brings is swift and unmerciful.

So a better tournament-mouse-trap is being built for production on Monday – for we are the wolves, and for now, we have the directions off the yellow brick road, thru the back door to OZ.  We will walk into their homes, their places of business, and their watering holes – placing ourselves on our rightful throne of sagacious wisdom, laughing like a gang of hyenas – Lounging in our Olympic-sized-middle-finger-pool filled with Evian; while having the guy who licks our cars clean, beat the 3rd world orphan boy, because he was late walking our pure-bred-hip-dysplas’ed toy pinscher with our new Callaway platinum putter – we club them all like baby seals, careful to not get blood on our freshly manicured mink lawn.  Huzzah!

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