I think I can get used to having an association with a national champion team of some kind, which in my life hasn't happened since 1998:
The Duke Blue Devils officially were the last team standing Monday night, the only team on the podium with the championship trophy in hand.
Duke claimed its fourth NCAA championship but the first for any of its current players with a 61-59 victory over hometown favorite Butler in front of 70,000-plus fans at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Blue Devils won with defense. Holding the Bulldogs to 34 percent shooting and contesting every possession as tenaciously as Butler, which allowed 60 points for the first time since February. Zoubek, the 7-foot-1 center, finished with two blocks, 10 rebounds and too many altered shots to count, but also came out to trap the Butler guards and disrupt an offense that was already struggling.
Now if only the Cubs can win a game. At the moment, they're 161 games out of first place, which isn't the worst they've ever been.
Update: I suppose I have to mention this as another reason to be thankful I'm a Dukie:
ATLANTA — The Cubs are marketing the 2010 season as "Year One," referring to the first year of the Ricketts family ownership.
But on the first day of Year One, the Cubs suffered their worst Opening Day defeat in 126 years, losing 16-5 to Atlanta before 53,081 at Turner Field.
I mean, day-um.