Welcome To The Sweet 16!

Every Friday RDM welcomes you to the weekend with a weekly rap-up post. View the “Welcome To The Weekend” post archive here.

Last night was a rough one. In just a matter of hours, my beautiful bracket was incinerated. Thus far, the sweet sixteen has not gone as planned. I had all my elite eight teams alive. All of them! I fell from the 92nd percentile to the 77th percentile. I went from that hope to having a 1-3 night on Thursday. Only The Ohio State came through for me. Indeed that is the most important team in the East Regional, as I have them in the final.

On the upside, and maybe more importantly, the OWS betting project is going really well.


 I’m Not Exactly Starving For The Hunger Games…

The Hunger Games is going to be a hit. I’ve been hearing about it for months and months. I’m sure you have, too. The books and the movie, that is.

All I know about the storyline of the book is what I’ve read on Wikipedia. So, in other words, I think I have enough knowledge to begin commenting. Here goes.

This is just the kind of book I hate. Actually, more specifically, I hate the people who enjoy this crap. Here’s an idea; read something that has some impact on your being. Maybe something that betters your social life. Or maybe something that betters your work life.

A lot of people just enjoy fiction more than non-fiction. Most people, I’d imagine. It’s fine if you like to step away from reality once and a while and read Harry Potter, Twilight, etc. However, I don’t think the people who get obsessed with these stories step away from reality “every so often” — I think they live in these far off alternate worlds.

The soon to be filthy rich women who wrote these books is Suzanne Collins. How’d she think of such an ingenious concept? Well, she was flipping through her TV channels one day. On one channel she was watching a reality show and on another she saw footage of the invasion of Iraq. The two “began to blur in this very unsettling way” and the idea for the book was formed.

That’s according to Wikipedia — so it’s fact.

Here are two shockers. First, Suzanne is a former television writer. Second, she lives in the cesspool also known as Connecticut.

But most of all I don’t like when I hear the author and/or fans talk about how the book really tackles tough issues. Horse shit. It’s a damn fiction book. It’s not going to change the world. This Hunger Games thing is no different. Collins has said The Hunger Games sheds light on problems like, “severe poverty, starvation, oppression, and the effects of war among others.”

That’s not even fun, then. Why would I want to read that type of fiction? That alternative to reality is as bad as the reality we live in each day. If I’m going to read fiction it’s going to be something uplifting. Like, maybe, Clifford The Big Red Dog, or something.

I mean, Clifford sounds better than this Debbie Downer Hunger Games drivel. Clifford’s always getting into fun mischief — so I can forget about poverty and war for a bit.

In lieu of a Clifford movie, the studio is genius here. The shitty book to shitty movie thing is a clear cash cow. They knew they could shove this Hunger Games thing in the face of every teenage girl (and women who still acts like a teenage girl) in America. And the fact that the studio is using a heavy dose of social media to promote the flick is perfect. The same women that I know are clambering for this movie are the ones that are often insufferable on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Team Edward. Team Katniss. Fuck no — I’m Team Non-fiction. And, apparently, I’m also Team Clifford.


Now, To The Garden…

OWS will be in the building as the East Regional winner is crowned this Saturday. We got the late game — 7:30pm tip — since it’s a number one versus a number two seed.

There were so many Syracuse fans in the Garden last night. I hope we are far away from them. That is, unless Ohio State blows them out. I’m not a fan. If I get in a bad mood on Saturday night, I’m flour bombing any ‘Cuse fans that talk to me.

So, I don’t often say this, but let’s go Buckeyes! Where’s the Ohio State pregame party?



7:15pm — Baylor vs. Xavier

7:45pm — North Carolina vs. Ohio

9:45pm — Kentucky vs. Indiana

10:17pm — Kansas vs. NC State


4:30pm — Louisville vs. Florida

7:30pm — Syracuse vs. Ohio St.


9:00pm — Mad Men season premiere [AMC]