(By Baxie) Ihave been hyperventilating since Saturday night. As I have stated, I am deeply within the vice-like clutches of March Madness. When Marquette (my Alma Mater) made the Sweet Sixteen on Saturday after their spectacular win over Butler in the Men’s NCAA College Basketball Tournament I was propelled into a maniacal whirlwind of tempestuous enthusiasm.
Yes I know that there were other games going on. I understand that most people would prefer to focus on who’s out–like Gonzaga for example. Others will want to focus on Florida Gulf Coast becoming the first 15 seed in tournament history to make the Sweet Sixteen. But I spent tens of thousands of dollars back in the mid-80’s to get an education at Marquette so that I could play Bad Company CD’s. I want a return on my investment.
Yes. Marquette is in the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row. However, I am not yet satisfied. I want Marquette in the Final Four. I’d also like a million dollars and to be 6 feet tall. But since neither one of those pipe dreams are like to come to fruition–then I shall dare to dream of a Marquette Final Four appearance. So much so, that I have been mulling around the outrageous idea of making a substantial alumni donation if they do make the Final Four. For, if they do, then I am prepared to write a check for as much as $20! I know that it seems like an outrageous sum to me to. But I’ll do it if, and only if, Marquette makes it that far.
What will they do with my $20? Perhaps they could build a new student union. Perhaps they could build a new computer center. Perhaps they could open up new wing to the student library. I can tell you this. It almost doesn’t matter to me what they do with my $20. If I write that check, then I will have exceeded all of the alumni donations that I have made over last 15 years. And that, my friends, is real money. In fact, that $20 would officially pump up my donation totals to approximately $120 since 1989.
Why I have not been contacted to have something erected in my name on the Marquette Campus –I can only chalk up to an unfortunate oversight. But no bother. I’m sure they’ll get around to it. But I am just pouring money into that place–$20 at a time.