JP is my 4-year-old grandson. He and his mom and dad and their English bulldog lived with us while their new house was being built. One of the best things about having them here was spending time talking with him. It makes me hopeful for the next generation. He is so wise and so much fun! You can find all my Me & JP stories here.
Every year one of my brothers runs an NCAA bracket pool for the family at ESPN. There’s a small entry fee, but honestly, it’s more about bragging rights. I don’t usually watch college basketball and know nothing about how to pick the teams, but I rarely pass up a chance to be in a pool. Because then I have a reason to watch the games!
So this year I asked JP if he wanted to help me pick my bracket for the pool. After we cleared up the misconception that college men would be playing basketball games in swimming pools. Much giggling ensued. It’s easy to forget how literal four-year olds can be…
I read off the two teams and he told me which he liked. I believe we took all the Virginia teams, because that’s where my sister lives and he likes to visit. And she has a pool. He picked the Florida teams because that’s where Daddy travels on business.
Me: Minnesota or Middle Tennessee?
JP: Minnesota, cause I like soda. (Giggles.)
Me: Butler or Winthrop?
JP: Butler, cause I like butts, too! (Lots of giggles.)
Me: Duke or Florida? (I always pick Duke. And this year they might win it all!)
Me: But don’t you want Duke? It’s our last name!
JP: Florida. Cause that’s where daddy goes.
So, that’s our strategy. Can’t be worse than who I picked last year!
I can hardly believe it. I join a family pool for March Madness and BOOM, just like that I’m out because I picked Michigan State (a number 2 seed, which apparently means nothing) to win the whole thing and they get beaten the first time they play…
Stupid basketball games…