Today was fairly pedestrian, but at the same time unlike any other day before it. This morning I received word that "We're Giving It to Charity" (Charity being the name of our favorite waitress at Rocks) finished tied for 2nd last night in trivia at Rocks. However, in the tiebreaker the lost on the question "Name the original four members of REM." Fuck that. So the team that beat them in the tiebreaker chose Zombie Movies for next week's category. For the love of George Romero, that's gonna be a tough category.
In the wake of Wisconsin center Brian Butch's Joe-Theismann-esque elbow dislocation, a lot has been made of gruesome sports injuries. Thankfully, Jimmy Traina of SI.com gathered YouTube links to all of your favorite sports injuries, from the aforementioned classic Theismann leg break to Villanova guard Allen Ray getting his eye poked out, literally. In theory, these horribly painful injuries should gross me out, but no matter how much I want to look away, I cannot. Plus, it's not like it's my compound leg fracture. I find myself grunting and saying, "oohhhhohhoooohhhh" with a smirk on my face and telling Jessie to "check this shit out." Thanks to Christoff for sending me the link.
This evening, Jester and I traveled up to Evanston for the IU/Northwestern game, which was at worst a neutral court game for the Hoosiers, since nearly half the crowd was cheering for IU. It was also a mini-reunion. In addition to sitting with Tradd and Chambers, I saw probably another 30 people I knew from undergrad. That was actually more enjoyable than the game, which the Hoosiers tried their damnedest to lose, but luckily held on for a 69-65 win. At this point, I'll take a road victory any way I can get it. Kudos to Roderick Wilmont for hitting 9 3s, scoring 31 points and grabbing 12 boards. I think IU might have actually fared better if it had been just Wilmont on the floor against the nameless, pasty Wildcats. The win takes the Hoosiers to 9-6 in the Big Ten -- holy shit! Acie Law just hit a phenomenal clutch rainbow 3 for Texas A&M over Kevin Durant to tie Texas at 78 all with 1.4 seconds left -- which means that if IU beats Penn State at home on Saturday, the Hoosiers get the #3 seed in the Big Ten tournament and 20 regular season wins, which I think is pretty solid for Kelvin Sampson's first year. Hopefully DJ White will stay for his senior year. A starting lineup of White, Eric Gordon, AJ Ratliff, Armon Bassett, and perhaps Eli Holman or Brandon McGee would be pretty nice.
In somewhat related news, the greatest sports month of the year begins this week with Championship Week. Ahhhh, I love watching low and mid-major college basketball conference tournaments so much more than, say, the ACC tournament. Good times. Mark my words, Winthrop is the real deal.