Butler lost, and it's because I ran out of pistachio nuts.
(sound of screeching tires) What? I though it was because they had an off night; with only 18% shooting average, and hardly any points made in the paint! What are you talking about?
Every sports lover has certain superstitions, whether it means wearing the same shirt, 'lucky underwear', or socks. In my case, it was pistachios.
I discovered every time I ate my favorite nuts during a game, my team seemed to win. So, why mess with something that seems to be working, right? And it was further driven home during the Final Four.
Game 1, Butler vs VCU. Pistachios were flying into my mouth during the entire game, and Butler cruised to an easy win. But during the second half, my youngest helped me eat them, and soon I realized I wasn't going to have enough for the second game. I persuaded my SU to go get me another bag. With a sigh, he put on his shoes and as he walked out the door, told me to order pizza, since I obviously wasn't going to cook dinner.
Game 2, Kentucky vs U Conn. Pizza arrived, and since I was hungry, I ate two slices, and two more. The game went back and forth...but I was so stuffed from the pizza, that I slowed down on my pistachio intake, and U Conn surged ahead.
Monday: It rained, so we didn't go to the store. However, I remembered the bag of pistachios was nearly full, so why get another bag? That would surely sustain me through one game.
As I ate the last nut in the first half, Butler hit a last-minute three-pointer, taking the lead.
Halftime: I got up to refill my bowl....and discovered my youngest had been 'munching' on the remaining nuts. I was only going to have about fifteen for the second half. I voiced my complaint to the spouse.
He refused to go buy me another bag. It was ten pm; temperature was around freezing, and no, I did NOT need another bag of nuts. End of discussion.
So, I tried to space out my intake...and of course, was out of nuts in about five minutes of game play (fifteen actual minutes...showed a lot of restraint, I thought, lol!). But alas, U Conn got their act together and quickly went on a 10-0 run. Butler could not catch up, and lost.
And it's all because I ran out of pistachios.
Or, we could blame the spouse, since he didn't recognize he was about to jinx the whole thing!
That's my story, and I'm sticking with it!
Currently Reading: Finished Prince Charles' bio, and read Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl. It made me hungry; she's a former restaurant critic for the NY Times. Now I'm reading The Passions of Chelsea Kane by Barbara Delinsky. The spouse wasn't too thrilled when I brought home my books from the store, plus three more boxes, lol! Look on the bright side; I have plenty of reading material you didn't have to pay for!