The sun is fully up, bathing New Mexico in its glow. This side of the house is actually pretty warm, with the sun hitting it. OK, not WARM, but it isn’t freezing cold.
Meanwhile, still waiting for something to happen in the La Salle / Quinnipiac game besides me thinking about political polls every time someone says Quinnipiac.
Also, I’ve seen this exact same halftime show at least six times. A couple of times I got up to walk around or eat or… not sure. But I still have seen each portion of this numerous times. I know Rece Davis’ joke about the heater. I’ve heardKaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scream in pain more times than I needed to. I know that a lot of talented players will be in Chicago tonight.
I hope this is the last time I see it. I know that it’s not.
It is just past 8:00 am which means I’ve been watching college basketball for 15 straight hours. Will I make nine more hours? Can I make 5:00 and 24 straight hours of basketball?
Right now, I’m pretty tired. I’m avoiding more caffeine. I’m gonna try to go natural on this. It will help that there are now people online to interact with. Or at least I hope it does.
It is relatively early in the morning in Florida. It isn’t even 9:00 yea. The game started at 7:00, hours before the smartest college students schedule their classes.
But the students and other fans of Florida Gulf State University came out in force to cheer on their team and the early morning atmosphere rivaled the late-night (well, technically VERY early morning) atmosphere in Wichita.
The Wichita State game started at midnight. It featured this photo. It featured Wichita State using a big second half to turn a close game into an easy win over a talented opponent. The crowd was into it from the tip—off.
The FGSU crowd was similar. Shirtless students painted? Yeah. Student section standing the whole game? Got it. Crowd helping the team slowly pull away? Bingo.
This is in stark contrast to Stanford, which had a tip time of 8:00 and it still wasn’t full.
And, yes, Gonzaga had a great crowd, but the relatively normal tip time takes it out of consideration.
It’s now 6:30, so I’m 13.5 hours into this ordeal. The sun is rising. The basketball is exciting again. I’m good to go for at least a few more hours. 9.5 more? We’ll see.
People who have normal jobs and don’t do stupid things in the middle of the week are starting to wake up. I’ve been watching basketball for the last 12+ hours in my quest to watch 24 hours straight of college basketball on the ESPN family of networks.
Why? Well, every year I want to do it. Every year, something comes up. One year I have a “real” job. The next year I have an interview in the morning. The year after I have a girlfriend who points out this is ludicrous and stupid.
No such things this year.
Anyway, if you are reading this and want to follow along with my slow descent into madness, you can do so on Twitter at @3_2count or just here on Tumblr where I make posts every hour or so.
I feel like at this hour, I’m at the point of no return. I can either sleep and wake up at noon or later… or just power through. I’m feeling fresh thanks to some caffeine and think once the sun comes up, that will help as well.
Interestingly enough, I’ve actually got some work done, writing some quick blog posts to go up on my political blog. Still, I won’t make this type of sleep schedule a habit.
Sim Bhullar and caffeine are keeping me up. Even though New Mexico State University is ostensibly a rival of UNM, I can’t bring up proper animosity for them. Maybe it’s because it is 4:30 am.
But, man, Sim Bhullar is fun to watch. That GIF is from last year, but it is still amazing to see how much Bhullar just being in the general vicinity of the ball changes the game.
Against Hawaii he’s had at least three blocks where he just looked like a bear swatting a pesky nuisance out of the air. I’m not sure why anyone would want to even go near him with a shot — he isn’t quick, but he’s so big that he doesn’t have to be.
I also took my first jolt of caffeine at 3:45. I know that it will be diminishing returns, but I think if I make it to sunrise I’ll be in the clear.
5:00 am marks the halfway point. So close I can taste it. Or maybe that’s the reheated Mac and Cheese I had at 4:00 am
It’s 3:00 am, I’m still 14 hours from hitting my goal of 24 hours. I’m yawning just a little bit. Maybe it’s because of the game suddenly becoming a blowout in the second half. Akron got it to within one… but then stopped scoring and St. Mary’s turned it up.
The West Coast Conference is on its way to a 3-0 night in the tip-off marathon and are, I believe on their way to 15-0 overall.
I’ve still gone without any significant caffeine, so I have that in my back pocket. I’m usually going to sleep about this time, so I know I can wait a bit. But I’m starting to doubt I’ll make it.
It also doesn’t help that this is the dead time when no one is posting on Twitter to keep me entertained.
The next game is out in Hawaii and features New Mexico State University, so at least I have a team to cheer against in that one.
This was touted as one of the best games of the Tip-Off Marathon, and it looked like it would live up to that reputation… until the second half started.
Wichita State went on a quick run to start the half and never let Western Kentucky back in the game. Wichita State held Western Kentucky to just 21 points in the second half, a lot of those in garbage time.
As for me, I’m still going strong. I generally stay up until 2:00 am or 3:00 am, so this is in my wheelhouse. I also broke my rule and am drinking one beer. Hey, it’s an Imperial Java Stout. That means there is some caffeine in there!
But I’ve gone without any real amount of caffeine so far and hope to continue to do so until 3:00 am or 4:00 am.
I’m also no longer watching on my laptop, I have the TV in front of me and I’m watching St. Mary’s vs. Akron. Their little gym reminds me of a larger high school gym, especially after seeing the crowd in Wichita
The image of the Tip-Off Marathon. Not sure anything will beat this.
I’m on the fourth game that I’ve watched at least a significant portion of and just crossed the five hour mark. I’ve been watching these games on my laptop since the TV is occupied right now by, I think, episodes of Catfish.
Anyway, I’m still doing well. It’s halftime of the BYU-Stanford game, which means I can grab some food and refill my Nalgene bottle. So far, the best game is almost by default the Miami OT victory over Georgia Southern.
The rest of the games have been blowouts… and BYU looks in danger of running away with the game at Stanford.
This is the third game of the WCC portion of the marathon. The three best teams in the top-heavy WCC are taking part, giving a good showcase for the conference — Gonzaga steamrolled Colorado State, the aforementioned BYU team is beating Stanford and St. Mary’s takes on Akron next.
PLEASE let there be no boring, ugly games from now on.
Tennessee ended up winning easily against North Carolina in an impressive win on the road. Gonzaga had a dominating performance against Colorado State that didn’t tell us much about Gonzaga, but told us that CSU will struggle in the Mountain West.
Before that was a close yet boring (until overtime) game between Miami and Georgia Southern. But up until now, I could have switched over to another game if the previous one was boring.
No such luck from now on, as there will be one game on at a time until the end of the marathon tomorrow night. In other words, I’ll be trapped, increasingly tired, watching that game.
Oh, did I mention that I didn’t buy any energy drinks? I should have mentioned that I didn’t buy any energy drinks. I clearly did not think this through.
Anyway, here are the preperations I made: Leftover pizza in the fridge. Slept in today. Afternoon nap. That’s it. That’s my big “stay up 24 hours” preparations.
Also: No drinking beer. There is beer in the house, but I know that will just make me sleepy at some point. So staying away from that. Instead, lots and lots of water.
Anyway, we’re into the late evening now (here in the Mountain Time Zone) and will soon be into the late night games. Wish me luck.