Unless you are living the hermit’s life, under a rock within a deep dark Paleozoic cave, you are aware that next Saturday’s NCAA Final Four College Basketball Championship will feature two Kentucky rivals in a battle to determine who will represent the state in the National Championship game. Despite being a huge fan of the (currently) nine-point underdog Cardinals, I am experiencing Zen-like calm and good feeling.
You see, like with my “What Me Worry?” New York Giants earlier this year, I never expected the Cards to get past the second round of the Big East Tournament, never mind the far more expansive NCAA Tourney. But like my Superbowl winning Giants, the Cards have considerably outperformed my expectations. Using a mixture of psychotically wearying man/zone defense and pure will power, they have won their last eight games in a row, taking not only the Big East Title (like eventual NCAA winners UConn did in 2011), but also beating all reasonable odds to arrive in the Final Four this weekend.
They took out Michigan State like they were a bunch of soft muppet Goldman clients, not the eventual Tournament Champion I had slated the Spartans for in my personal brackets. They followed that win by beating an absolutely on-fire, can’t-miss-three-point-shooting Florida Gator team seemingly through psychological intimidation alone. It was truly miraculous, and I am now happy to the point where my inborn Irish sense of karma has me looking out for fast-approaching meteorites.
Because I can’t lose now, really. No one expected my Cards to do this well, just like no one expected the Giants to get into the playoffs in early December. Or to beat Green Bay or San Francisco (and not have to play New Orleans again!). Therefore I am playing with house money right now…
And guess who has to win it all this year or be seen as ultimate chokers? Do you think maybe it’s that team with the five “sure fire” top ten draft picks? The Blue people from down the road, east of us, in little Lexington?
Can you feel the warmth of my smile from here, my friends?
On a more serious topic, I was also going to write about the possible Civil War brewing with regard to the Supreme Court’s coming decisions regarding the Commerce Clause and its relation to Obamacare. However, I don’t wish to spoil my current mellow mood, so I will hold off, probably until tomorrow. Suffice it to say — for now — that this may be the most important Supreme Court decision since the New Deal Era (error?).
More tomorrow. Let tonight be about the (relative) innocence of college hoops.
As for the stocks and other investments this blog is supposed to be about, well, I felt good enough about the state of the dollar and the silver market to add a significant portion of SSRI to my portfolio. I think it’s inexpensive here, frankly, and likely trade bait at some point. That was all I added however, as I am still bound by caution here as we approach the end of the month and the Ides of May.
My best to you all.
A Short Introduction To Louisville Hoop, Circa 2012: