Our family are all huge UConn fans. My dad played basketball there (I think it was in the 1800s) so we are into it. My son Ben has the bug too. My other kids went to games as well, but Ben is a sports guy, so he is still into it. In fact my daughter Heather and I learned something important when she was a child at a game. We were watching the warm ups, I’d say Heath was around ten, and she asked this: “Why are all the players so blurry?” Not her teacher nor her parents realized she needed glasses until that day. Oh Heather: If you every want to go again I’ll phone ahead so they leave the blurry players at home.
My son Ben lives a couple of hours away. He came in for my birthday a day late. UConn had their second exhibition game and they were playing Bryant, which is where graduated college. No, he has no mixed feelings. It is UConn all the way, although he did yell “Go Bulldogs” once. No, I AM joking. The weird part is that while UConn has won two national championships, last year’s team was the first in I’d say 15 years that didn’t make either post season tournament. Of course when you get four or five guys leaving the year before for the NBA or by graduating, it can get ugly. Last year it was all freshman and one sophomore. This is the same team. One freshman added. I am hoping I am wrong but they looked a little lost yesterday. But it was only one game and an exhibition at that.
The game was at one o’clock. So we had plenty of time to get back to the WTIT World Headquarters and watch the big game. The Patriots at the Colts. Could it live up to the hype? We decided before the game that the only way this game would suck was if a quarterback got hurt. When we returned there were flowers, candy and balloons on my front stoop. I had no idea who sent them, since I had already heard from the usual suspects. I won’t say who sent them, however I will say it was someone that I was lucky enough to become friends with here in the blogosphere. We have not met yet, but we are working that part out. It was a great surprise.
Ben and I watched the BIG game. Terrific, close and frustrating. But, in the end the New England Patriots pulled out a four point win. Ben and I always have a great time and he departed after the game. He had been here over eight hours and it seemed like a blink. He headed home to his fantastic wife Maria at the conclusion of the game. And that is how I celebrated my birthday. If you would like to let me know how you celebrated my birthday (other than the balloon lady, I know how she did) please drop us an email…
The WTIT Tape Radio Blog hopes you survive a Suck-o Monday. We will return with something tomorrow, since it is still NaBloPoMo. Join us. It might not bite the big one. But you never know. See you then. Same time. Same blog.