B-Dubs is buzzing

It’s 7 p.m. on a Sunday night, and it is absoutely nuts at Buffalo Wild Wings. Normally that would not be the case on a Sunday night which is not during the NFL season, or one of the (extremely) rare times the Royals are featured on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

There is a HUGE group in the bar area just behind me. I just counted 20 people. There looks like there was a group of 10 to 12 which just left. No wonder the parking lot was more full than I thought it would be. 

I am at the bar with five other patrons, including Lindsey McClain’s husband, Justin. Lindsey has worked here ever since I started to frequent this Buffalo Wild Wings almost two years ago. She was pregnant last year, and she worked almost up until the day her baby boy was born. 

Tori is bartending tonight. She didn’t mention me sneaking off last Tuesday without saying goodbye, so it’s all good there. I just ordered a Southwest Philly. 

My parents are settled in at the Holiday Inn next to the KU Medical Center, so my dad is ready to go for his procedure tomorrow. This one is not supposed to be as involved as the one in January. He’s hoping to leave Wednesday so he can make it back to Russell for 7 p.m. and the weekly poker game at my office. Jack Krier is supposed to be coming back to Russell for it. I’ve got a nice surprise waiting for him. 

I’ve got to write a column when I get back to the Marriott. This week isn’t that hard; it will mostly be about the Final Four, both men’s and women’s, and the upcoming Major League Baseball season. HINT: the Royals will not be playing postseason baseball, at least according to my projections. 

So much for Cinderella at the Final Four this year. Three of the four No. 1 seeds advanced to Indianapolis, and the fourth team, Michigan State, has been there so many times under coach Tom Izzo that it can’t be a Cinderella, even though it won the East Region as the No. 7 seed. Duke and Kentucky are among the sport’s blue bloods, and Wisconsin has established itself as a superpower under Bo Ryan. If you like the little guy, watch something else Saturday night. But if you like high level college basketball, you’ll want to watch both games with great interest. 

What’s interesting is the last time a team entered the Final Four undefeated, it was played at Indianapolis. In 1991, UNLV was 34-0 heading into its semifinal vs. Duke. The Blue Devils weren’t expected to do much, having lost 103-73 in the 1990 championship game to the Running Rebels.

Instead of bowing meekly to the UNLV machine, coach K and his boys turned the tables, ousting the Rebels 79-77 before defeating Kansas for Duke’s first national championship. 

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on March 29, 2015, in College Basketball, Major League Baseball, Personal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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