LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
So, I got up out of the chair, grabbled the exercise ball and began wrestling with Piper and Luka. But it wasn’t long they sniffed out my deception. I couldn’t concentrate on the activity when I had one eye glued to the TV set. Plus, I had the overwhelming urge to bite my fingernails.
“Papaw, you’re not doing it right,” Piper said. I couldn’t help it. James Young had just swished a three to put Kentucky up by four with a few minutes to play.
When Wichita State cut it back to one point, the pressure got to me. I had to watch the thrilling end, so I feigned shortness of breath and needing a timeout. It was the first time I used that excuse surreptitiously.
Piper got frustrated with my lack of enthusiasm for her entertainment, so she grabbed Luka and went outside, I believe, to play in the road.
Just two more orphans set adrift during March Madness.