Beef Stew League By the Numbers

Breaking down our leagueHere’s the numbers in the Beef Stew league. Thought yall might find this interesting

Members – 15 (the largest ever) Mystery players – 1 Average age* – 32.7

By Occupation Accountants* – 4 Ministers* – 4 Students* – 2

By Family Status Single* - 5 Married* - 9 Parents* – 5

Picked Kentucky over Marquette - 11

Predicted in final 4 UCLA – 11 UNC – 10 Texas – 8 Kansas – 8 Memphis – 6 Tennessee – 4 Georgetown – 3 Duke – 3 Wisconsin – 2 Vanderbilt – 1

Predicted Champion UNC – 8 UCLA – 4 Tennessee – 1 Duke – 1

* Does not include mills120

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Clearly there is something wrong with me. Tomorrow is the beginning of the NCAA tournament and I am in full March madness mode.

It works out for me, because I am only partially employed, but I feel like Thursday should be a holiday. I could tolerate working on Friday because the basketball-fest on Thursday will satiate me enough to get through the day.

There is no event in all of sports that excites me like the first two rounds of the NCAA. And I really like…

The Super Bowl

The Daytona 500

The World Series

The college bowls (though they are ultimately unfulfilling)

The night race at Bristol

The PGA majors

The SEC tournament

All these are great events, but none of them are as enjoyable as the first 2 rounds of the NCAA tourney. I think its because of the fact that there is wall-to-wall basketball, sometimes 4 games on at once. Also because everybody picks the tournament.

The only thing that can make it better is when Kentucky is a contender

Just thought I’d share

BTW: my final 4 is UNC, Texas, Wisconsin, UCLA.

Why the Internet is Great

This will probably be an occasional post I make about why the internet is really useful. Today it is about overcoming geographical bounds.

Those of you who know me (I suppose you are the only ones reading this) know that I am a Kentucky boy living in the heart of ACC country. Although I didn’t graduate from there, I spent 4 years at UK. So needless to say, a day like this could be very depressing for me. When I turn on my local Raycom Sports affiliate, this is what is on my TV.

ACC tournament

I want to be watching the SEC tournament, not the stupid ACC tournament. (I hate every single team in the ACC tourney!)

Here’s the part about why the internet rules. Thanks to, and my reasonably quick broadband connection from Time Warner, (I hate my Time Warner DVR, but the broadband is reliable and quick.) I am able to watch the SEC tourney streaming over the web. It’s even commercial free. (Unless you count the Raycom bug that never goes away, or all the brought to you by's, or the ads plastered all over the Georgia Dome.) If I am not downloading anything I can watch at the 700k setting and it has quite a reasonable picture. Good enough that I can stream it to my TV and be quite satisfied. Check it out.

SEC Tourney

My only complaint is the unspeakably horrible music that Raycom plays during the commercial breaks. I don’t know how people got by before broadband internet, I guess they had to read the newspaper or be satisfied to watch highlights on sportscenter or college gamenight.