Like Sands Through the Hourglass…

So, Florida played Ohio State in the college basketball championship game, after playing in the football championship only a few months ago.

I type that sentence in a matter-of-fact way, though I can assure you that my husband’s delivery of that sentence earlier in the evening was spoken with the breathless reverence of a man who has seen the very face of God.  Or at least the very face of Billy Donovan.  Evidently this is a sports anomaly the likes of which has never been seen in the history of all humanity and we shall never be the same, amen.

The last night of March Madness is always a reverent one in our home.  There is a special meal and special snacks.  My normally rational, steady, balanced man weeps like a baby at the "One Shining Moment" montage at the end of the game.  He has asked me–in all seriousness–to make sure it is played at his funeral someday, along with the Razorback fight song and the theme song to CBS sports.  I have assured him that with a demand like that hanging over me, I will surely pre-decease him.  Which, come to think of it, probably means he’ll play the Razorback fight song at my funeral.  Oh, heavens.

When I heard Hubs heading up to bed, I asked him who won.  "Florida," he mumbled sadly, "in a rout."  He doesn’t like routs in the championship game.  It appears the unspoken Man Code is that such an important game should be a second-by-second, down-to-the-wire finish.  Bless that man’s heart–at least he has next year.  And, of course, leftover rotel dip. 

22 thoughts on “Like Sands Through the Hourglass…

  1. Alexis says:

    I am a die hard Ohio State fan, and while it may not have been down to the wire, I am proud of my Buckeyes. They played their heart out, unlike the football team a few month back.
    Go Buckeyes.

  2. Cousin DV says:

    Hubs has some good ideas. I told Lee Ann that I wanted a New Orleans blues band at my funeral served along with heaping portions of crawfish and adult beverages at my funeral. The Razorback fight song would be a great addition to those!
    GO HOGS!

  3. Melene says:

    Oh, your husband and I would get along very well during March Madness-until the Razorbacks and my beloved Tar Heels had to play each other…..I always watch the Championship Game too, even if I don’t really care who wins. I was bummed last night’s game was a rout. I’m really looking forward to next year and the Final Four being not too far from us-in San Antonio! I’ve already applied for tickets!

  4. lisa h. says:

    as one who lives in Columbus, it was also a very sad night in our home. my husband also made the quiet and sad walk up to bed and I knew it was over for our bucks.
    nevertheless, OSU football/sports are amazing and I’ve never seen the sort of spirit OSU brings to the whole city – it’s quite religious (in it’s own way)!

  5. Becky says:

    Awesome blog entry – I read it to my hubby and he was saying “exactly!” – he could relate! We are still sad because we are Kansas fans!!

  6. Southern Girl says:

    It was a terribly boring, disappointing championship and result, if you ask me. Routs stink, yes, plus…as a UT Vols fan for life, I’m required by law to hate all things Florida, so I was doubly bummed by the outcome.
    And I understand your husband — I expect “Rocky Top” to be played at my funeral, if not at the church, at least at the graveside, and the crowd had better do the “Wooo!” in the chorus, too. 😉

  7. Everyday Mommy says:

    “Evidently this is a sports anomaly the likes of which has never been seen in the history of all humanity and we shall never be the same, amen.”
    Sort of like the perfect storm of college sports!

  8. Mrs. Pear says:

    giggle!
    Thanks, I needed that this morning…
    I mean…
    I am oh so sorry that it was not a down to the wire game, and that march madness is over…
    Nope, cannot do it, I am Canadian, basketball bores me, but oh, bring on the hockey….
    But no, please do not play the hockey night in Canada theme song at my funeral (your husband’s requests are too funny! I love it!)

  9. Kelly says:

    Now I know why my husband looked at me with rightious indignation when I asked him to turn off the TV until the kids made it to bed. lol

  10. GiBee says:

    Does LOST have a theme song? Grey’s Anatomy does … you could have him play one of those at your funeral.
    He could have something like … “Name that TV tune…”
    Ah, yes… having fun at funerals.

  11. Tammy says:

    Also a die hard BUCKEYE FAN!!
    We recently moved to North Carolina in the middle of baskeball heaven-UNC ,NC State and Duke are within one hour of us.So it has been fun to see them NOT be in the final 4 and wear my OSU clothes very proudly!!

  12. Nancy says:

    Two words….
    “GO GATORS!”
    Oh yes, doing the happy dance here! I am an Arkansas Razorback, translanted to Kentucky, engaged to a Florida Gator who is currently residing in North Carolina. Confused yet? 🙂
    I root for the Hogs. I am torn when they play the Gators, but cheer for whomever is left standing. As this year went, it was Gators all the way.
    I was happy the game was secured with a fairly nice lead as my poor heart and nerves could not stand a nail biter. I just wanted it OVER. I have watched enough basketball to last me for a while. And I didn’t even HAVE to…since Feller is in another state.
    He is a happy little duck today. And when Feller is happy, I’M happy! :0)

  13. KS says:

    Go Gators. Got your blog from Jason Kearny. You sound just like my wife who was asleep for the last half of the “game of the century” for me.

  14. Sarah says:

    Florida is my alumni university’s arch rival. So needless to say, with winning 3 championships in a row (2 basketball and one football), I am in deep mourning. Deep, Seminole mourning.

  15. Susanne says:

    It was a great game! I was cheering for both, believe it or not, for different reasons. The teams both had great stories. Being from Canada, I can do that, without incurring anyone’s wrath I hope. :vD

  16. Sally says:

    I am a die-hard Ohio State fan, being from Ohio, and I am disappointed that they lost last night. Our oldest daughter hopes to attend OSU.

  17. julie says:

    So glad someone else’s house is as crazy as mine. With 3 sports obcessed sons and there dad leading the charge some days are just out of control around our place. I wouldn’t really have it any other way.
    Happy Easter,
    Julie

  18. kelli says:

    On, brave old Flor-i-da, just keep on marching on your way!…
    On, brave old Flor-i-da, and we will cheer you on your play! Rah! Rah! Rah!…
    And as you march a-long, we’ll sing our victory song anew…
    With all your might
    Go on and Fight Gators
    Fight for Dixie’s rightly proud of you…
    So give a cheer for the Orange and Blue, Waving for-ev-er, forever…
    Pride of old Flor-i-da, May she droop nev-er…
    We’ll sing a song for the flag to-day, Cheer for the team at play! On to the goal we’ll fight our way for Flor-i-da.

  19. Gina says:

    Forget the game for a minute (I know, I’m asking him to do a lot, aren’t I? LOL) – your DH *did* hear what Dana Altman did to the University of Arkansas yesterday, right?! I don’t think we’ll EVER be able to hire a decent basketball coach now. And John White has even taken Frank Broyles out of the picture – going to hire a search firm to find a new coach. It’s a sad, sad time to be a Hog fan!

  20. mimi2six says:

    Next March, let’s let Hubs and Pop watch the game together, and you and I can sit in the kitchen eating cheese dip!!! I’m going to love living close to you!!

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