Wednesday, April 1, 2009

March Madness and April Fools

I am going "mad." And it's not even March anymore. The basketball tournament is upon us, and bracketology is in full effect in this house. Curtis has his red pen out; diligently marking off the teams that have met defeat. The basketball announcers voices are now familiar to me. Yes, I can name them by their voice, without even looking at their faces. We are huge fans of our Alma-mater, and we love cheering them on. They are Final Four bound, with a big game on Saturday night. We are flying the green and white outside our house, and Curtis has his window flag flying out of his car. Yep, you might just cut me and I might just bleed a little green and white :o)

In March of 1999, I was a sophomore at Michigan State. I was living on Beal Street at the time, and I got my first real taste of MSU basketball that year. We made it to the Final Four, and we were set to play Duke. I still remember it like it was yesterday. It was a big night in the news for East Lansing, as well. It was the "night of Cedar Village", one of the very infamous riots on MSU's campus. MSU ended up losing, and well, everyone went apeshit, apparently :o) I never made it over to Cedar Village that night, (I swear) but I did use that night as a source of a pretty funny April Fools joke. I called my Dad on April 1, 1999 (10 years ago! HOLY CRAP!!) and I told him that I had something very important to tell him. I asked him to promise me that he would not be angry with me. I can still hear his stern voice saying, "Just tell me what is going on." I gulped, and then I said it. "Dad, I was arrested over the weekend. For indecent exposure. You know those riots.....?" I went on to give him a pretty short, but good story, that involved breast exposure, and cops, and burning cars, before I finally busted out laughing and told him that the joke was on him. I could HEAR his face turning white. I think he gurgled and maybe he even passed out for a second. It was one of the better jokes I have played for April Fools.

I really never cared for this "joke" day. I always seem to be had on April Fools. And I can never muster up enough of a poker face to really pull a good one over on someone else. I tried telling Curtis that I was pregnant last night, but that failed. He knew I was lying almost immediately :o) That is why I take such pride in my big prank against my Dad. It really does qualify as my best effort EVER as far as April Fools Day goes. Maybe 10 or 20 years from now, I will be receiving a call from Charlie, with some elaborate story about how he got into trouble.
Then the joke will really be on me.
(Note: He would get extra bonus points if MSU was in the Final Four, and he was attending the school :o)

And now, I must do a shout out to my team: To be a part of a school when they win a championship of any kind is awesome. I can honestly say I have been there, done that, and what an AMAZING experience it was. I rushed the streets of East Lansing after we beat Florida in the 2000 tourney. I have reveled in this sport and this team for 10 solid years now. The excitement will forever live on in this household. Fo-eva.

Now, everyone brace yourselves for the awesomeness:



GO STATE!

1 comment:

Kerri said...

I heart MSU! Go Green!

I love singing that part of the fight song, "See their team is WEAAAKKKK-ening".