Only One, Really

TSTToday, I found an article in GQ Magazine Online about Valeria Lukanyova, a woman who has become a human Barbie doll through plastic surgery and extreme dieting (Follow the link with extreme caution … she is very creepy).  It seemed a natural for a curmudgeonly post but I’ve been sitting here for an hour and a half trying to nurse Two Thoughts on Tuesday out of it without success.  The problem is, of course, that I have Only One, ReallyMy UConn Huskies won the Men’s Basketball National Championship, beating Kentucky 60-54.   The odds for UConn finishing as the champion were 100-1 … if only I’d bet a few bucks.  The game has been over for hours and I’m still thinking about how close it got toward the end and how the announcers kept talking about Kentucky’s last minute come-from-behind victories.  Why is it that announcers always seem to be rooting for the other team?  Why do I get too excited to watch sitting down?


courtesy N.Y. Daily News

Now, there was definitely an encouraging sign before the game.  Former pro player, Charles Barkley, had picked against UConn in the three previous games and I was worried that he’d jinx us by picking UConn in the finals.  He didn’t.   Thank you, Charles.   It is an especially gratifying win because while Kentucky started five Freshman likely to be playing in the NBA next year (so called on and doners because they play in college for their mandatory Freshmen year, then go pro), UConn had three seniors who were on the 2011 National Championship team.  They’d stayed with the program in spite of a one year ban from post-season play and a coaching change.  In a sport that is supposed to be about team play, it was good to see experience and teamwork win out over raw athletic talent.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen enough.

uconn womenSo, I need another thought.  Well, the UConn women play tomorrow night in the Women’s National Championship game against Notre Dame.  Both teams are undefeated, something that’s never happened before in an NCAA Basketball National Championship.   So, UConn could win both the Men’s and Women’s National Championship in the same year.  That’s happened once before, in 2008 … when UConn did it.  So, Thought Number Two: Go Huskies … again.  And for those of you who aren’t sports fans, my Inner Curmudgeon will be back next week IF you push my button … gently …. to make me Number One on Top Sites Tuesday # 247.

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3 Comments on “Only One, Really”

  1. Barry Says:

    Connecticut UConn Huskies, symbol of might to the foe. Fight, fight, Connecticut, it’s victory let’s go — yay, rah, rah!!!!

  2. cherperz Says:

    I agree with you 100 percent…Valeria is very creepy. What would possess someone to do that?

    As for basketball…I haven’t been following the basketball championships but I do think it would be great if UConn’s women’s team won as well. How exciting for the school to take both.


  3. Wolfbernz Says:

    Hi Bud,

    Wow, that woman is scary! I don’t understand much of what goes through someone’s mind for that sort of transformation, but Wow.

    I would be cool if UConn won both games, Good Luck!


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