Bedridden but Ballin’ with Zombies

A four day fever struck me last week leaving me in bed for the duration (except for that one morning when I thought, yeah, let’s give work  a try, only to start feeling so underwhelmed the trip ended at a doctors office which had no time to see me.  Do run on sentences count in parenthesis?)

This is the 3rd straight year in which a viral fever has left me shut off from the world, save a TV (so really just shut off from work and family.)  I finally did see a doctor and inquired as to whether I have a truly deficient immune system.  She said no, you have little kids. So there’s that.

But time tucked away in semi consciousness lets me enjoy two things.  College basketball and horror movies.

I took in the Crazies and Zombieland.  At least I couldn’t find the remote (stuck under the 100 lb dog) to do anything about it.   My sampling  leaves me aware of two things.  Creativity has completely left the realm of the industry.  Hey, the government screwed up, doesn’t care, so now you all have to die grows tired.  And despite the ability to read every plot turn minutes ahead they warmly entertain.  Sick in the heart apparently to go with the head.

As for the games, I passed out during  most of Wisconsin’s comeback against Ohio State but remember hearing distant cheers throughout.  What great depth for the Badgers.  Their plodding style works very well with a fan base that embraces it. Let’s just say that in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the 90’s, that kind of walk it up pace would have led to a revolt at Bud Walton Arena. And defending big guys who make three pointers, like escaping arrest while be followed on live TV by a helicopter, is very hard to do.

Ohio State though was good enough to create a second half 15 point cushion at arguably the best home court advantage in the land. The Buckeyes responded well Tuesday night, holding off a desperate group of Spartans.

But with the loss in Madison, OSU falls to number two. I went with Texas at the top spot. The Longhorns haven’t lost since an overtime affair with Connecticut and also went to Phog Allen where they ended Kansas’ billion game home win streak. For the comparison with the Jayhawks, that was check and mate. Kansas then did me the favor of losing to unranked rival Kansas State Monday night.

Here’s the rest of my ballot this week where we welcome first timers this season Coastal Carolina (which proceeded to lose), and UCLA.

1. Texas
2. Ohio State
3. Kansas
4. Pittsburgh
5. Duke
6. Notre Dame
7. San Diego State
8. BYU
9. Wisconsin
10. Georgetown
11. Purdue
12. Louisville
13. Florida
14. Connecticut
15. Arizona
16. Texas A&M
17. Syracuse
18. Villanova
19. Vanderbilt
20. St. Mary’s
21. Coastal Carolina
22. Temple
23. Missouri
24. North Carolina
25. UCLA

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