Some weekend abbreviated Quick Hitters over Day Three of the NCAA Tournament:
- THE MADNESS IS BACK!!!
- West Virginia handled Notre Dame easily. Surprising.
- Minnesota was a 5 seed. Maryland was a 6 seed. Wisconsin was an 8 seed.
- We pay people a lot of money to make these decisions.
- Arizona struggled with St. Mary's a little more than I was comfortable with considering I have them in the finals of my bracket.
- You can't run on to the court in that situation Coach Collins. Terrible call yes, but situational awareness...my goodness. First a Vanderbilt player makes the bonehead play of the tournament and now the Northwestern coach makes the bonehead coaching move of the tournament. High academic standards my ass.
- Absolutely terrible call though that lead to the Collins incident. I keep going back to the thought that you review almost everything, to a fault, in the final 2:00 of a game....there's got to be a better way to challenge/review things during the game as well. A better protocol for what you can review and how to review it. Just not a great system right now.
- I can see them winning but I did not see the Xavier and Florida beatdowns coming. Impressive stuff.
- Iowa State, man.
- How relieved was Matt Painter after that final buzzer went off last night? There were times last night they panned in on him during ISU's run and he just had that deer in the headlights look.
- Iowa State finally takes the lead to get up 2 with about 2:00 left and Purdue rims in and banks in a 3-pointer. That was a big roll. I know ISU had chances after that and Purdue really outplayed the Cyclones in the final two minutes, but that shot is going to be one you look back on and wonder "what if?'.
- So close to the Kansas-Iowa State rematch in Kansas City too.
Just me or does meme-ing and gif-ing an little kid not feel right? Going back to that Northwestern loss, I'm sure if you were watching you saw CBS find the little kid just losing his mind about Northwestern struggling. If you weren't watching, there's a good chance you saw it if you were on Twitter at all. That kid popped up nothing short of 10 times on my feed. All with jokes or laughs or memes or gif or something.
I get that it was funny but I'm just not sure attaching that to an 11-year old is the right move. Maybe he'll never see it and never know anything about it, but it just seems wrong to me. I battle back and forth in my own mind how we should handle criticism and blame on college athletes. Like is it OK to get on the Vanderbilt player for intentionally fouling when up one with under 20 seconds to play? Or can we not do that to a college kid playing basketball? I'm not 100% sure where I fall on that but this goes one step further when it's a random kid in the stands. I don't like it.
Today's my last day of Spring Break before I go back into #FeenyMode. Well, semi- #FeenyMode since I'll have a student teacher for next seven weeks. But looking back on the Spring Break, I never reviewed our trip to Chicago last weekend and our visit to the Saved By The Bell pop-up bar. For a quick review:
We really enjoyed ourselves. It's as close of a replica to the actual The Max as you could get I think. If you would stand right where the camera would have been filmed for the show, it looks almost identical except for the kitchen here is behind you instead of up by the entry way. Behind then though they added a bar for more seating and to have an actual bar, so I'm sure that wasn't there on the show but it's probably a needed feature for a Chicago bar. But overall, the atmosphere is above and beyond what you would expect going in.
Then there are little areas in the corners where they replicate other areas of the show. There is a KKTY Bayside radio desk, Mr. Belding's office, Miss Bliss' bulletin board and bookshelf, and character lockers. They really do cram a lot into a small area. It does give you the feel of being in the show.
Without a reservation, I think you can order anything off the menu that you'd like but there isn't a guarantee you'll get seated....or at least you may have to wait awhile. But if you are in Chicago a lot and just want to experience the atmosphere, I think that's the way to go. We wanted to make sure we got in though so we reserved our time in advance. With all fees and taxes it ended up being $45 a person. This gives you a drink, your own appetizer, your own entree, your own desert, and it includes the gratuity so you don't have to add a tip. And they are generous portions, I couldn't finish everything so you'll get a full meal. So all considered when you add the food and the atmosphere, I didn't think $45 was too bad. But if we would go back, I think I'd take my chances on trying to find a seat and just order off the menu....it looked like they would be able to seat you if you wait long enough. Maybe not the case for Friday or Saturdays, but we went on a Sunday and it looked like if you waited 30 minutes or so you'd get a seat....or maybe even just a seat at the bar.
All in all, we had a great time. Not sure if it's something you need to do more than once but definitely something to add to your list whenever you're in Chicago if you were a Saved By The Bell fan. It was only a 5-7 minute Uber ride away from downtown and the Magnificent mile. Real easy to get to. Put it on your list.
I tried adding some photos of our trip below but they are really small. Not sure how to make them bigger. Sorry!