All The Sports

I didn’t really intend to take another week off from the blog, but Alex had four lacrosse games from Saturday to Saturday, plus a big birthday, and then in the middle of all the normal parts of our schedule, I got page proofs back for book three and had a pretty tight turnaround with those. I actually love me some page proofs – making all the final tweaks and changes but not really having to come up with any new words – so when I finally finished those, I just wanted to hang out with my people and watch some Mississippi State baseball. We played Vanderbilt (they’re the #2 team in the country) in Nashville this past weekend, and Friday night’s (and Saturday night’s) games were just delightful if you’re a Bulldog (WE WON!).

Saturday morning Alex had a lacrosse game, and afterwards we were eating at Chuy’s (AS WE DO) when I started thinking that I might want to meet my friend Daphne at State this afternoon. Our women’s basketball team was playing Michigan State for a spot in the Sweet 16, and since my people were going to be tied up with – you guessed it – lacrosse practice, D told me I should go if I wanted to go. I was on the fence-ish until we found out that our small group wasn’t meeting at church this AM, and at that point it seemed like a no-brainer.

So. This morning I drove to Starkville, enjoyed some fine worship time courtesy of Travis’ new album, met Daph, her brother, and her older son for brunch, then headed to the Hump for some basketball.


The game was so fun – with a crowd that was the absolute best kind of rowdy – and after who knows how many lead changes, the Dogs hung on and won 74-72.

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I may be the tiniest bit hoarse.

After I got back to Birmingham I ran by the grocery store since I was unfamiliar with how to pack a lunch for Alex using air and tap water (and since I hadn’t pulled together a Shipt order earlier in the day), and after I got home and caught up with my people, I turned on the A&M / UNI 2nd round game so I could cheer for the Aggies while I wrote this blog post.

OH. MY. LANDS., y’all. I have never seen a game like that in my life. It was hands-down the most incredible comeback I have ever watched. And it resulted in a lot of ALL CAPS texting between Melanie and me.


There must be a lot of heartache on the Northern Iowa side – they played their hearts out – but I am thrilled for the Aggies. As far as I’m concerned it’s always a good thing for a team wearing maroon and white to be in the Sweet 16.

So, to sum up: lacrosse, baseball, women’s basketball, men’s basketball. That was pretty much the weekend.

And it sure was a good one.

Hope yours was, too!

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  1. Northern Iowa not Illinois, my friend. We Iowans are a bit too sensitive this evening….

  2. I’m so sorry. I knew better but didn’t do better. All fixed now.

  3. YK, we always say the beginning of football season is the most wonderful time of the year, but this March is giving that a run for it’s money.

    I have no team left in the big dance, but Florida is still alive in the NIT. And the Baylor women are on a mission, headed to their eighth straight Sweet Sixteen! Since both my girls are Baylor grads thats a big deal here. And the Gator gymnastics team won the SEC Championship meet Saturday night. And the Florida softball team swept the Vols this weekend.

    We may have to rethink that most wonderful time of the year thing…

  4. Hey Sophie, I’ve been enjoying the madness too. Two of my Indiana teams are still in. Notre Dame and the Hoosiers. And of course the ND women. It’s been fun so far.

  5. So glad you’re back to the blog world! We’ve missed you but I know it’s going to be worth it when we get the new book!

    This March stuff is just Madness and Mayhem with a little bit of Miracle, isn’t it? I’m not sleeping well at night and I know it’s in large part due to watching these exciting games and then immediately trying to go to sleep when your heart rate is above 100. That just doesn’t work. But it’s all totally worth it!

  6. Had one of those heart stopping moments here on Friday when Middle TN State (#15 seed) beat Michigan State (#2 seed). But weren’t able to keep up the momentum yesterday and lost to Syracuse.

  7. OH.MY.WORD. All the feels this weekend. I stayed up and watched every minute of the 1st 2 baseball games and softball games (hello extra innings!). I let baseball go yesterday and fully focused on the women. Rightly so. That game was amazing. Best game we have played all year. That crowd was LOUD and rowdy. I had to go for a run after the game just to get my heart rate down. HAHA. How sweet it is. Til we play UConn on Saturday. But will be fun to watch.

    Ok, can we get a day off to recover? No? Well, thanks Monday!

  8. Love, love, love my Lady Bulldogs! I was at the game, too! And the baseball! Such great wins on Friday and Saturday! But with a daughter who graduated from Oklahoma, and having spent 14 years living in Texas, I’m just NOT an fan of the aggies!!!