March 22, 2008

It’s madness. MADNESS I tell you!

Last night when I was about write this post and make the NaBloPoMo deadline, I could not log on to ye olde blog. Matte checked the Dreamhost (where our sites are hosted) status page and whaddya know! It was down. Under maintenance for up to TWELVE HOURS. You’d think maybe they would have given an early heads-up or something, like Flickr does. But no. Instead, those who have hosting through Dreamhosed were just without access. For me, the 12 hours of maintenance wasn’t a big deal. Sure I missed my deadline for NaBloPoMo, but I think the powers that be will forgive my absence yesterday. (And if they don’t well, then I guess I’m off the hook for the rest of the month. YAY!) But some people host commercial sites on Dreamhost and having a 12-hour outage would cause them financial loss. At least I’m not a web designer who couldn’t meet my deadline and give my client a new site by this morning. I didn’t have much to complain about. But I complained anyway because that’s how I roll.

Anyway, what I was going to post yesterday was how awesome I am in my NCAA March Madness bracket picks. I had Siena upsetting Vandy, yes, I did. I also had Villanova beating Clemson, yes I did. Those two upsets put me in second place in the pool. Of course UCONN had to go and screw me. I had them going as far as the Elite Eight, but most everyone else in my pool had them going far in the tourney too, so it’s sort of a wash. There are no scientific methods in my basketball picks. I always choose a couple of upsets, but usually they are so far-fetched, it’s outrageous. This year I chose Siena because my friends Shawn and Rachel have a dog named Siena. I chose USC because Shawn went there (uhm, thanks Shawn). I chose Kentucky to upset Marquette because I lived there (and I should have picked the Wisconsin school instead, I know). I chose Wisconsin to go to the final game because…well…I’m an honorary Wisconsonian (?) having married into a Wisconsin family. Plus, I thought the state could use a morale boost since Brett announced his retirement recently. But for the final game, I used Anton Chigurh’s method of choice. So, Memphis will win this year’s championship. Because the coin said so. And if they don’t win, it’s not my fault the coin malfunctioned.

***Updated to add: I also picked the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to win in the first round! Because I love a mascot that’s the top of a hill. You don’t want to mess with a Hilltopper.***

Are you swept up in March Madness or not much into basketball? Are you in a bracket pool? Who do you have winning it all?

3 people have roominated about “It’s madness. MADNESS I tell you!”

  • Saj says:

    I’m very happy you chose Wisconsin going to the final game! I actually have them beating Memphis in the final-shall we have a friendly SIL bet?

    Just so you know, every year that I choose Wisconsin to go pretty far (which is every year-I’m very loyal), they usually screw me in the second or third round. But I’m optimistic this year (as I am every year!).

    BTW, UConn screwed me too-I had them in the final four!

  • Mandy Lou says:

    So far I’m doing ok – I’ve lost a few, but my final four are intact (so far). For the most part my California bracket plan is working, but those stupid Trojans threw a wrench in my works!

  • Annie says:

    I could have clued you in on UConn being from CT and all. They have been sucking wind for a while despite their short winning streak. But Davidson what the Hell??

roominate on this yourself