Are You Mad?

March 28, 2024

Here we are right in the middle of the annual March Madness college basketball tournaments. Historically the men’s tournament was the big daddy, but we’re heading into an era where both men’s and women’s tournaments garner premiere attention.

A women’s tournament game featuring Caitlin Clark, a generationally talented female athlete from the University of Iowa, set an all-time women’s viewing record this past Monday evening.

For those of you who don’t follow college basketball, consider it a teaching lesson for you.

For our household, it reflects are own special madness.

As first generation college graduates in our families, we fell in love with our schools.

Donna fell so in love with the University of Kansas, she stayed for a second degree, which gave her more time to camp outside the basketball arena on cold winter nights for the opportunity to see her team.

Ron fell in love with two schools, first the University of Illinois and then the University of Washington through a teaching assistantship which brought him to the West Coast.

For years beyond his maturity, his residences were full of college team spirit gear, some classy but most suggesting he was emotionally still living in his teens.

For decades, even though both of us were living in Southern California large distances from our colleges, we followed our teams faithfully in the best ways we could.

We kept our faith through scouring the LA sports pages for scores and news. We’d pull out our transistor radios (remember those?) when a rare opportunity came up to listen to a game. And if we were really lucky, and the rabbit ears or later cable tv afforded us a special treat maybe once every couple of years with a televised game, we were right there watching.


For years, we had limited opportunity to follow the colleges we loved.

But in the past year or two, we’ve begun to experience a brand new wonderful world.

Cable + streaming + 4k TV + sound bars + every game of our schools telecast somewhere across the spectrum = bliss.

Games for all teams record on demand for us. With YouTube TV, we can click “key plays” and see a whole game in minutes when we don’t have the time to watch it live or in full.

We will be ready tonight when Ron’s Illinois Fighting Illini hit the court back in Boston attempting to move from the final 16 to the final 8 in the men’s tournament.


Our son, Hunter, graduated from a major university with sports teams a few years ago.

Think the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree? Guess again.

He only knows and cares about one sport, which he plays with his hands.

Donna and I are mad, but not about the products we represent.

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