by Maggie LaMaack
Happy March Madness, Internet! I thought we’d talk sports this week. How are your brackets doing? I’m sorry you didn’t win a billion dollars.
LOL/OMG: When and why did you join Twitter?
AR: In 2009, when I was in Detroit for the summer with The Detroit News and I decided I had an epic tale worth telling in 140-character bits. I tweeted about my whiskey-fueled travels, nights full of baseball and one particularly rocky excursion to Chicago in which I veered off the highway prematurely and got lost in Gary, Indiana. If you’ve ever been to Gary, Indiana, you’ll understand why that was a concern. In general, I think the theme of my account at that time was Oh-My-God-I’m-Really-Doing-This-Reporter-Thing. Plenty of emotional dumps to that end mixed in.
LOL/OMG: What is the best thing and the worst thing about Twitter?
AR: The best thing is that it’s like a little running news feed of everything I want to know. You can make it what you want it to be.
The worst thing is that it gives a virtual soap box and air of importance to every bum who’s ever argued with his McDonald’s waitress about how many ketchup packets should logically come with a large fry. I mean, just some mind-numbing stuff out there. But that’s America, I suppose.
LOL/OMG: Estimate the number of hours of basketball you will watch by the time the NCAA tournament is over:
AR: All year? Oy … I’m going to go with 200. I have no idea if that’s close to correct. But it’s a starting point.
LOL/OMG: How is your bracket looking so far?
AR: I had a fellow tweet at me yesterday to inform me that he had entered my picks in his friends-and-family pool. Mostly, though, he wanted to let me know that my published bracket had landed at 131 out of 135. Thanks, guy. But really, I’m going to make up some ground in the Final Four. In general, if I get a few upsets right (I got quite a few correct this year, thank you very much) and my Final Four remains in tact heading into the Sweet Sixteen, I count that as a success. I would have had that except Creighton screwed me with the weirdest performance of the year. (Doug McDermott, I know this is more about you than me, but I’m still just struggling to understand what happened. The lights were on, Dougie.) Now I’m sitting at three of four. Things could be worse. I still feel pretty good about my champ, Michigan State, which has its path laid out for it in ivy.
LOL/OMG: Tell us something about yourself we wouldn’t know from following you on Twitter.
AR: I don’t really hold back on my personality much on Twitter, but being a Star Tribune employee I try to keep the language PG. In real life, I curse like a sailor.
LOL/OMG: You have 160 characters to write yourself a brand new bio. Go!
AR: Self-made lunatic. Dreaming dreams since 1985.
LOL/OMG: Give us your top three of each:
Local Twitter accounts:
(I hesitate even to list these for the heads that are so easily swollen)
1. @Randball — the original weird Twitter dude, and also my former editor, and also hilarious.
2. @AaronGleeman — occasionally his iPhone-vs.-Blackberry rants get old, but in general, highly entertaining.
3. @RandballsStu — the strangest self-branding of all time, here, but a true satirist.
Non-local Twitter accounts:
1. @MattNorlander — Just a great blend of hoops and music and great stories he’s written or read.
2. @AndyGlockner — Very inciting, loves to take a stance and be controversial and hey, that’s what really gets Twitter rolling.
3. @GoodmanESPN — Mostly because he knows EVERYTHING that goes on in college basketball and it’s necessary to follow him to find out what (now) he’s beating you on.
Teams you think could win the NCAA tournament:
1. Michigan State, because I picked them, obviously, and because the Spartans are just getting healthy — and even hobbled, they played at a high level.
2. Florida, because the Gators might be the most complete team in the field and Scottie Wilbekin is clutch.
3. Louisville, because who really believed the Cardinals were a four seed anyway? Louisville was certainly the best team down the stretch
LOL/OMG: I would like to note that I picked Michigan State to win as well — and am obviously a great sports mind — so it’s looking pretty good for the Spartans. Any last words?
AR: I’ll sleep when I die. In the meantime, however, I could use a nap.