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History repeats itself

vandy northwesternVandy, take heart —

You’re not the first team to lose a NCAA tournament game in the final seconds because of a brain fart.

Ignore the histrionics of the play-by-play announcers. Turn off the post-game shows. Consider hypnosis?

I’m old enough to remember a really big blunder that kept the storied Michigan Fab Five out of the Final Four. It was way back in 1993 before the Interwebs.

webberMichigan vs. North Carolina in the Elite Eight. North Carolina up by 2 with 11 seconds to go. Trapped on the sidelines, Michigan star Chris Webber called a time out that they simply didn’t have, and got dinged with a technical foul. North Carolina went on to win the game and ultimately the national title.

Sure, I remember that brain fart to this day, but Vandy — your game was just a first-rounder.   There are plenty of bracket busters ahead that will inspire much more ire.

Take heart.

Super Parents

parents of the yearFor your consideration…

May I submit a nomination for the
2015 Parents of the Year?

I know it’s early yet, but I believe this couple from Fayetteville, North Carolina is a serious contender…and I say this without my typical sarcasm or sass.

Why do I hold them in such high esteem?

When grainy, black-and-white video of an electronics store robbery was broadcast on their local TV station on New Year’s Eve, this man and woman recognized two of the burglars as their 14- and 16-year old sons…

And actually turned them in to police!

How many people today can say they would do the same?  Make their kids face up to their crime?  Take responsibility? Not sweep it under the rug and ‘promise to do better next time?’

These parents are nameless in the press — because their children are minors — but they are celebrities to me.

Rockin’ it old school…and one day their kids will appreciate what they did.

 

Worthy candidate

I laughed and laughed at The Campaign this afternoon…which is really no surprise.

What made me laugh was.

I  expected Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to be funny.  Their take on two candidates for a US Senate seat in North Carolina was over-the-top and out-of-control.  No issue was off-limits. No person, place or thing (translation: animal) was safe if their misuse provided a potential positive bump in the polls.

But for me, the surprises kept this movie from being your standard comedy.  Things the trailer didn’t reveal.  Cameos it didn’t spoil (and I won’t either).  The promos even used some alternative footage so that the real punch lines weren’t given away before you sat down in the theatre.

What a novel idea.

Probably my biggest ‘aha’ in The Campaign is how much I enjoyed the performance of Dylan McDermott as Galifianakis’ evil campaign manager.  I don’t think of him as a comedic actor, but McDermott stole every frame he appeared in.

The ending was also unexpected.  And I will surprise you now by not giving it away, except to say —

Watch the credits.

The nose knows

File this under the “I can’t help myself” department….

The Bloom Grocery chain has posted billboards along North Carolina highway 150 that feature a ginormous photo of a perfectly grilled steak.  Sure, that will catch the eye.

But they’ve added a second little something-something: the billboards pump out the smell of black pepper and charcoal.

Yum.

I’ll bet Bloom does sell more steak…and N.C. 150 sees a few more fender benders, too.

Haven’t you ever walked through an airport terminal and suddenly found yourself pulled up short by the smell of cinnamon sugar at Cinnabon?  Or did an abrupt 180 to purchase a garlic-and-butter coated pretzel that you didn’t even know you wanted at Auntie Annie’s?

When those smells hit you out of nowhere, you not only have intense cravings, your body immediately reacts to get you some!

These smelly billboards are being placed in the path of people operating heavy machinery.

Oh, the humanity!

If March is mad…

So, I’ve been sequestered inside a conference room all day, and what do I discover when I am finally released into the world?

  • The voice of “Charlie’s Angels,” John Forsythe, has died.
  • Olivia Newton-John’s long-lost-at-sea boyfriend is alive.
  • “Two and a Half Men” is losing star Charlie Sheen.
  • Dayton won the NIT, defeating North Carolina.

I guess that’s what I get for working on Good Friday.

With all this wackiness happening today, it makes me wonder what the holiday weekend has in store.

Saturday has the Final Four (Go Butler!), and Sunday the Easter Bunny (Go candy!).

Let’s see what leftover March Madness spills over into this first weekend of April.