I was never that big of a college basketball fan as a kid. A football fan for most of my life, I just didn’t have the patience to sit through a full college basketball game, and besides, what was the point in following along during the best time of the year for college basketball — the opening round of the NCAA tournament — when I had to be in school.
I always thought having games of any kind on during school hours should be illegal, but by the time I got to high school they started to allow us to watch a little bit of the first round tournament games on the grainy old televisions in the cafeteria after the 2:30 bell. It was in those days that I really started to get into the thrill of watching an underdog hit a last second shot to stun the favorite, or experience the clutching anticipation of a free throw which could make or break a season.
In college I was an NCAA tournament junkie – what, with my Utah State Aggies making it to the Big Dance during each of my two years in Logan. And while I’ve graduated this year and the Aggies failed to make the tournament, you can bet I’ll still be checking in on the first round games. Nope, no bracket for me, but thanks to my boss (a former University of Maryland quarterback) we’ll have the action on at work. So do me a favor and skip ice cream for at least one day. I’d hate to be too busy.
Unfortunately I know some hard-working Americans will be. But not to worry. Our friends at Wheat Thins have a hook up to get us all through. They want to help you give your boss the slip and embrace your American DUTY to slack off at the office on Thursday and Friday, and to do it, they’ve put together a go-to fan survival kit for ultimate tournament enjoyment during the worktime “rush.”
So here’s the deal. We’re giving away one of these kits (chalked full of cool stuff like a headset, mini basketball set, and of course, wheat thins) to a lucky winner. All you have to do is a leave a comment on this post by Midnight on Thursday (Friday) with your pick to win the whole shabang. Extra points for those who pick my sister’s school (Loyola) and a double entry for those who follow @AdamNettina on twitter and retweet the follow: Free stuff to survive the Big Dance @AdamNettina http://wp.me/p1NDm0-dG
Think you’ve got it? I’ll pick a winner Friday, and we’ll get you your survival pack just in time the get ready for the Sweet 16 next week!