Maybe it’s not having my team in the tournament – although, I’m usually more objective and make better picks when the Illini are out. Hey, can this please be the last year in many without the Illini in the tournament? Coach Groce, looking in your direction… Maybe it’s because I actually won the pool last year and am feeling the pressure to repeat. Maybe it’s because the wife’s been monopolizing the laptop…
At any rate, no March Madness picks this year. Just couldn’t carve out the time to do it. At least five or six people are disappointed.
The real reason: the joys of coaching. Yes, Youth Soccer Spring Season is nearly upon us, and there’s stuff to do… Getting all the drills and mini-games organized, having the kids vote on shirt colors and team nickname, contacting the team sponsor for this year’s donation, pricing and ordering the team shirts, securing a field for practices, writing the welcome email for team parents… Yeah. Not to mention the weather’s been nice enough a few days to actually get the kids outside and kick it around a bit.
So that’s the reason. Focused on the kids’ season. Yeah, I’ll be tuning to watch the tournament (and the NIT as long as the Orange and Blue are alive) and hoping for upsets and Wichita State to shut people the hell up. But no official picks. Maybe next year.