By: Christopher West - WSS Senior Islands Analyst
So, here we are after the first day of action in the Battle 4 Atlantis, and surprisingly, only one of the four top-25 teams have managed to win a game. Fortunately, that one team is the team I came here to watch--Wisconsin. This changes some of the expectations for the week, but that's okay. The most interesting aspect of things for me was the ways in which I found out about the surprising outcomes of the other games going on. They went as follows: North Carolina vs. Butler: I was sitting on the beach and decided to do a quick score-check using the resort wifi. The front page on ESPN gave and alert to a potential Butler upset. And after a couple of minutes of being that dude on the beach who stares at his phone instead of the beautiful, crystal clear water in front of him. I think it was worth it. Oklahoma vs. UCLA: I watched the latter part of this one on TV in my room after a day in the sun. I was sort of rooting for UCLA, as Milwaukee native Kevon Looney appears to possibly be the Burins' top player during his freshman year. And a meeting with Wisconsin in the finals would have been fun. I'm ultimately okay with Oklahoma winning this one, but more on that later. Florida vs. Georgetown: While wrapping up my evening out, I checked my phone to see that Florida and Georgetown were in overtime. I high-fived my pal Samip after learning that Wisconsin was the only ranked team to win today. Lots of rum may or may not have been involved. As to observations on the day and the game, here's what I've got for you: --Yesterday I briefly mentioned that the winners of the beauty pageant of each state represented by a team in the tournament are all here for some reason. Today, while I was sitting at the pool, the pageant winners were out offering Starbucks samples to patrons (I felt sorry for Miss Florida for being pigeon-holed into serving the orange juice-based drink.) Two thoughts on this: a) If part of the duties of being Miss Alabama includes peddling frappachinos to random folks, it may not be as great a titles as one would think; b) Today I literally started my day by sitting poolisde and having beauty queens bring me free drinks. So yeah, life here is good.
In the end, I amused the powers that be enough to finish third in the contest. That was pretty much my ceiling, as a) there was another middle-aged white dude from UAB that pretty much stole the show with his lack of inhibitions, and b) the contest was basically just a set-up for one woman to win and receive a wedding proposal from her boyfriend at midcourt. It was a fun time, and was ultimately probably the first time I've ever had anyone compliment me on my dance moves. But I won't lie--it was a relief when I re-established internet service and could see from the lack of messages from friends that our halftime contest had not ended up somewhere in the background of a shot on ESPN. Back with more tomorrow, presuming that the abundance of rum at this place doesn't put me out of commisson. Happy Thankgiving to all!