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John Mercure: Mercurey Rising

A House Divided

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I love this time of year.  Warmer weather arrives, Spring training rolls on. And March madness rocks out. Both of my college girls were home for Spring Break this past weekend.  They are big sports fans at huge schools. Aimee is a Freshman at Syracuse. Kierra is in her first year at Ohio State. They both have season tickets for football and basketball.  We spent all weekend watching hoops.  It was awesome.

Here is where it gets dicey.  Syracuse is a #1 seed and Ohio State is a #2.  In the same bracket. That's right, the same bracket. If you add in the fact that Wisconsin, where many of the girls closest friends go to school, will play Syracuse in the next game, there is a whole lot of drama. And if Ohio State knocks off Cincinnati, the Buckeyes will play either Syracuse or Wisconsin.  It is nuts.

I have to tell you, I am a little sad about the Syracuse-Wisconsin game. I'm not conflicted, just a little sad. I don't like to see Wisconsin lose. But I have to cheer for where my daughters and my money go to school anytime a game is tipping off.  Aimee is also a little angst ridden. She always cheers for Wisconsin, unless they are playing Syracuse or Ohio State. But Saturday I caught her cheering for Vanderbilt to knock off Wisconsin. It was only because she doesn't want to have to deal with the conflicts with all her friends.  She isn't much of a rabble rouser.

Saturday is going to be pretty tense in my house if both Cuse and Ohio State win on Thursday. I'm going to need one of those custom made shirts that is half Syracuse, half Ohio State.

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