Monday, March 19, 2012

Feeling like a winner…


It was an exciting weekend here in this household.  We were glued to the television watching the NCAA Basketball Championship games.   For me, it was the game last night that had me on the edge of my seat because, I graduated from the University of Cincinnati way too many years ago.  Well, that game against Florida State University was a nail-biter but UC prevailed and the Bearcats are going to the Sweet Sixteen.

For those of you who don’t live in the United States (and some of you who do), the NCAA Basketball Championship is a contest of sixty-eight of the best college basketball teams in the country.  It goes on during the month of March each year and has been given the name “March Madness.”  If your team manages to get to this point called the “Sweet Sixteen,” they have accomplished something.  

   I never expected that the Bearcats would make this mark.  Silly me!

But the other thing that is exciting about this year for people who grew up in the state of Ohio, like Greg and me, is that there are four surviving teams from that state, UC of course, Xavier University (UC’s arch rival also from the Cincinnati area), The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) and Ohio University (Athens, Ohio), Greg’s Alma Mater.  This is the first time that a single state has had this many teams reach this point.  That’s cool!

The next step for my team is that they get to play The Ohio State University Buckeyes so it will be the battle of the two largest schools in Ohio.  It might get ugly.  But it will also be fun.

So I have had enough excitement for a while until next weekend.  I have decided to comb through my remaining St. John photos and post a few relaxing shots to calm down and  prepare for the week ahead.








20 comments:

heyBJK said...

Gorgeous colors, Barb! I love the first and last shots! That rainbow is fantastic!

And from the heart of UK country - go Wildcats! ;-)

TexWisGirl said...

go Ohio!

Debbie said...

ooohhh i don'r follow sports ;))

amazing set of photo's...the first and last, awesome!!

missed you yesterday for shs!!

kai51 said...

Pues las imágenes que has puesto si que sirven para relajarse, especialmente la primera y la última con esa vista de la bahia.
Un saludo

Tanya said...

ohhhh these are all super....i think my favorite though is the first one!

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

That last photo is to die for. the colours are so bright and vivid. well done.

VaishVijay said...

The boat shot and the rainbow shot are fantastic!

Love for Food and Photography said...

I'm almost worthless!!
the flowers seems to "split" fire!
the rainbow comes out of the screen with all the colours..
good job!!

Pamela Gordon said...

Very beautiful photos. Such colour!

Stratoz said...

best of luck to your school. I have not been following it this year, but I did hear that 8 Jesuit colleges made the tournament which seemed rather cool.

Nancy Claeys said...

Not a real basketball fan -- but I'm happy for you and your team!

Great photos -- my mom lived in St. John for a time in her teens and always has fond memories to share.

Lydia Martin said...

I am absolutely loving all the glorious color in these photos...in particular I like the close up of the ...I'm guessing chimes? Anyway, just a lovely set once again
My husband loves thes basketball tournies too...must be an American thing LOL...being from Quebec myself, I'm a Canadians fan as in hockey, eh? ;)

EG CameraGirl said...

It feels sooo good to cheer for the winning team. :)

Sivinden said...

A nice collection, - the first picture is my favorite!

Helma said...

Hi Barbara, I live not in fact in the U.S., but I was interested to read your love for baksetbal. You were so all the time on the edge of your seat .... hihi So great that you sympathize with your team.

Also your photos are given a compliment because I find them very beautiful. Not only in color and sharpness, as well as the chosen subject.

Greetings, Helma

barbara l. hale said...

Thanks!

Andrew said...

Wonderful images to see... my fav is the first one.

karen said...

I do believe Our Prime Minister went to a basketball game with your President last week!
Your images are, as always....beautiful...have a lovely weekend.

barbara l. hale said...

Glad it's not all work for those guys!

Cristi Galván said...

Hola, Barbara:

Me has sorprendido en verdad es una exposición espectácular; cada toma, la composición, esos juegos de luz y sombra en verdad eres toda una gran artista felicidades.


Besos.