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Frosted Flakes: Never Sleep on the NCAA Tournament

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Going from the title of this article I am sure you are expecting me to go into depth on the games that took place the past few days in the NCAA Tournament. My situation as being the only regular contributor here at Corn Nation in regards to Nebrasketball should also warrant that.

Unfortunately for you all, I missed just about every game and no it was not because of the holiday that bares my name. No green beer or whiskey was partaken by me this weekend.

I slept on the tournament.

This weekend was my town’s annual alumni basketball tournament. That mixed in with family obligations made it tough to watch many games. Though, I have no regrets. I am perfectly fine missing Virginia’s defeat from the Retrievers of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Twitter gave me plenty of highlights the next morning when I woke up. Michigan’s last second winner? If it wasn’t for ESPN being on for a brief second Sunday morning I would probably have missed that bit of news until noon.

As for my tournament, we did not win it. Most years we seem to either win the whole thing or come in second. I come from a fairly athletic class that excels on the hardcourt. That is, we seemed to until this year. Time seems to have started to catch up with us after 17 years of doing this.

At this point I should go into a long diatribe over age and the troubles that come with it but I will spare you. It is not my thing. Yes, we were a step behind our usual pace but I would not hold that against us. It was frustrating not making it and realizing that time has caught up.

I still enjoyed the entire experience even though we didn’t make the title game. We only do this once a year and for most of us this is the only time we get to see each other. It is a quick few games but it only takes a few minutes into them when all of a sudden it is as if no time has passed and we are all acting as if we had just seen each other the other weekend.

Age and growing old has never really bothered me. Even with these doses of reality. If anything, it makes me want to work harder for next time. You can let it take you over and bring you down. If you look at age as a mountain then you will struggle with it. To me, that is waste of time and life is too short.

A couple guys are now talking about hanging it up after this year, I just can’t. I still enjoy it and care about the outcome. I will say that I do not have a hardcore attitude about it as some do. There is no ego in me telling me I have to stay and no yearning for the past years. I just enjoy playing.

I will have no problem letting go when the time comes. When I get bored with it, and I eventually will, that is when I will step off the hardcourt. Until then, I’m going to keep up my health and enjoy it while I still can.

Why? Again, because I still enjoy it. I still walk away with a smile every year. Regardless of the outcome.

Anyway, on with flakes...


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