Posted on April 17, 2012
Another Notch in the Championship Belt
If you know anything about my Dad, you know that from during March Madness, he cannot be bothered. He runs the infamous “Hoop Heavyweights” Final Four brackets, a magical place where him and all his KU frat brothers get together every year to talk shit (you thought the D Street Crew talks some good shit? These guys have been doing it since THEY were in college!) and place bets. During the month of March he’s known only as “The Commish” where he sends out his weekly bracket updates that I eagerly look forward to. And of course, he’s always got his tickets booked to head to final weekend where (hopefully) KU is battling it out for another Final Four championship.
If you think for one second I’m playing up the dedication here…just check out the final bracket-busting message The Commish sent out to the group upon returning from NOLA and most recent Final Four spent partying on Bourbon Street (names changed to protect the guilty):
Subject: HHW (Hoop Heavyweights) Representatives Report from NOLA FFour Trip
Sorry for the delays due to tornadoes at the DFW Airport
(that’s my story and I’m sticking to it….AAir made me stay
extra days in NOLA); here is our HHW Trip report on NOLA, as
is required by being a member of this illustrious group.
4 HHW members including John “CINN” Smith, KU Johnson, KU
Stevens, and the Commish (plus 1 adjunct member also last
name Stevens) attended the festivities in NOLA and
represented this group, so to speak. We attended various
NABC events including the Coaches Cocktail Party; convention
exhibits; bus rides, etc. as well as numerous fan events.
Note that your designated HHW attendees spoke with several
Coaches and imparted HHW wisdom to them for their future
4 HHW members stayed over in Algiers across the Mississippi
via Ferry on an old military base where 2 were tossed in the
back of an NOPD squad car for a free ride to meet the ferry
(southern hospitality). Great free concerts were provided
by Jimmy Buffet and KISS plus a lot of “local flavor”
events. The KU Bar was Walk-ons & Happy’s (attached) which
was a designated meeting site for the HHWs. You’ll be
pleased to note that the HHWs stayed well above the fray on
Bourbon St by frequenting the balcony at BeerFest. No
details will be provided, but the HHWs are now proud owners
of the NCAA welcome banner hanging on that balcony; along
with the BudLight flags from inside the bar area. 2 members
of the HHWs were also interviewed at the Team Practice
session and Reeses All Star game by the Wichita KS NBC
station and put on local TV but no fears; NO HHW secrets
Oh yes, there were some games and the outcome of the Semi’s
were outstanding; however the storm clouds came up and the
KU parade was rained on in the Finals by essentially an NBA
Team stacked with a bunch of BigMacs and 6 future NBA picks.
It was a great run for the Jayhawks and we’ll see how long
it stays in the NCAA recordbook. At least the Hawks
essentially were defacto Champs of the Big 10; Pac 12; ACC;
Big East; etc when you review their thread of victories this
Footnote: It appeared that most BBfans west of the Rockies
were banned from attending this year. As for next year;
UCLA appears to be stacked with the ShaBAZZ road show and
maybe some west coast teams will make it back to the other
side of the Rockies to Atlanta.
Good Luck & remember “there’s always next year”! Comments?
Additions from the other HHW attendees?
And if you are possibly doubting his dedication for one second…check out this years pic of “The Commish” in the back of a cop car on the way to the tournament…
Gotta love my old man!