It’s Bow to the Brow day at Bourbon and Toulouse. Have some jambalaya and pretend you’re in NOLA while raising money for the Red Cross. Eyebrow attire is optional.
Well, we are less than 36 hours away from seeing our Cats advance to the national championship game for the first time in fourteen years. But with all the frenzy of this past week (like pretending to do work while you read ESPN articles and vote in Dick Vitale’s online poll), there may still be some things that you forgot to do to prepare. You’re not alone in that, so I’ve assembled some things below that need to get done through the course of the day to get us ready for tomorrow. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section; let’s all help each other out here.
1) Do Laundry
You may be like me, and have your favorite “gameday” garb to wear when the going gets big. Personally, mine is a really old blue sweater from about 1984 that I’m fairly sure is homemade. It looks awful. But it’s great. It may or may not be good luck, since I wore it at the North Carolina game last December. But regardless of what it is that you like to wear to bring good fortune, you don’t want to be the smelly guy in the crowd at wherever it is you choose to watch the game. People want to focus on basketball, not the guy next to them who smells like fromunda cheese.
2) Find a Place to Watch the Game
If you’re on campus, trying to find somewhere to watch tomorrow is going to be difficult. If you were looking at heading to the usual spots on Limestone, you may need to show up early. And by early, I mean like ten o’clock in the morning. Seriously, it’s going to be a madhouse. Ideally, you’ll be able to find a stool near a TV somewhere, preferably one that’s close to Euclid so that you can storm the intersection and climb lamp posts like the rest of us.
3) Watch This Video on Repeat
Like many others, I’m stuck in Kentucky this weekend and can’t make it down to NOLA to watch, in person, the greatest Final Four ever. So, in addition to heading to Bourbon and Toulouse near my house, I’ll be listening to Tom Waits dealing the cards and rolling the dice, and pretending that I’m there. It’s not the same, but it’s close.
4) (Re-)Read the Bill Keightley Article
If you’re simply a morning KSR reader, or only check out the articles in order to kill time at work/school, you may have missed something pretty neat. Even if you’ve read it already (like I have), do yourself a favor and go back and re-read Ashley Scoby’s thoughts on Mr. Wildcat, whose passing occurred exactly four years from tomorrow. If that doesn’t get you fired up and ready to stomp Cardinal fans like Ed Norton in American History X, I’m not sure what will.
5) Talk Trash
This is a big one. You only have one day left to do this, people, so it’s now or never. Whether it’s reading excerpts of the Karen Sypher “biography” out loud all down Bardstown Road, drawing attention to Rick Pitino’s failed Hall of Fame bid, or telling Looavull fans that their fifteen
seconds minutes of fame are almost up, it’s really hard to go wrong. You get ten points for every middle finger they throw your way, and fifty points for each tear they shed. There’s no prize except seeing them cry (which should be enough). Let the games begin.
What’d I miss? What are you doing to prepare for the greatest day in basketball this state has ever seen? Let me know. We’re all in this together. Oh, and…