Friday, March 16, 2012
Don't worry, people. I'm going to get out and see this fair city at some point.
I will note, however, that I have had some uniquely texan experiences so far, among them seeing a huge sculpture of herding cattle, I think, that appears to be downtown, and a conversation with multiple people sporting long southern drawls asking me about my "yankee accent" and informing me that, unfortunately, I won't be here long enough to be Texas-ized. That right there is a damn shame. However, I will be here long enough to take a nice chunk out of that all important voyage to see every team that we foolish Americans can be coaxed into getting drunk while watching, and by that I mean Team Nos. 45 and 46 will be stricken off the list of 122 this weekend. I am also trying to convince Nomaan to drive three and a half hours each way to Oklahoma City on Sunday to see the Thunder host the Trailblazers that night, but I don't think that one's going to happen, and, well, it's probably the wise move.
I am quite excited about tonight's game, however, as Nomaan and I will go see the Blackhawks, one of only two teams both Nomaan and I actually care about, visit the Dallas Stars, a team I kind of liked when I was 8 and now have absolutely no emotional opinion of one way or another. I was vaguely excited about seeing where Jason Arnott's double-overtime Cup-clincher of the 2000 Stanley Cup Final took place, and then I remembered that the Stars' home of American Airlines Center, was, in fact, not the Stars' home arena back in 2000 as they were finishing their second-to-last season at the old Reunion Arena.
So much for that.
That said, I'm always excited to a) go to a hockey game, period, b) see the Blackhawks, c) see a new team and building. Tonight I get to do all three, so even if a pivotal part of Devils franchise history has been bulldozed to the ground, and it should be a damn good time. Also, apparently we're going drinking in some part of Dallas called "Uptown" afterward. I don't really know what that means, but I'm sure it'll be a fun time so long as I have the energy for St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, which is apparently a big deal around here.
Of course, after tonight's trip to the American Airlines Center, tomorrow night I get to do it all over again. Saturday night the Spurs visit the Mavericks and I will be there for a rare NBA tilt. Yes, people. I do go to basketball games once in a while. Nomaan, who is quite the basketball fan, albeit a Bulls fan, is probably far more excited for that than the hockey game, and since he's giving me a couch to sleep on I can't really argue with him.
Also, perhaps most importantly, I saw some SMU student at a bar last night with a polo shirt tucked into his jeans and a leather belt with a brass buckle that featured a cattle skull and the word "Texas" on it. So basically, from every angle humanly possible, this is looking like an extremely productive weekend.
And speaking of productive, before I leave you all today I feel obliged to give you an update on just how my NCAA bracket, which I expect to suffer greatly, is doing so far. The answer, in case you're wondering, is, well, not that bad actually. I got the first eight games of the Tournament right, and I did suffer some unfortunate losses when New Mexico State failed to deliver on the upset I had predicted against Indiana and Gonzaga absolutely brutalized West Virginia, but I did hit on my biggest upset of the day, VCU over Wichita State, I went 13-3, and my entire Sweet Sixteen is still alive and kicking. Texas appears on the verge of possibly knocking off Cincinnati in what would be a massive comeback in the first game today -- as well as one I did not call for in my bracket, but the long-term ramifications of that one would be minimal for me. I think I'd survive.
Now, if you'll all excuse me, I'm going to sit down and watch that potential comeback. After all, I've blathered on long enough.