I’ve picked up knitting again. This is against my better judgment: Lord knows I have enough hobbies at the moment. But I’m trying to thin out my craft stash and several years ago I inherited a large quantity of white yarn. That, and it’s something nice to do while under a blanket while you watch the Jayhawks. Something D might not let me do any more…
Event #1 – KU v Cornell – KU struggles through the first half. In the second half, I start knitting, so I’m in front of the TV, but not really paying much attention. KU starts playing much better. Jayhawks win.
Event #2 – KU v Tennessee – KU struggles through the first half. In the second half I start knitting/stop paying attention. KU starts playing much better. I put down my knitting to watch the last few minutes of the game. Jayhawks lose.
Event #3 – KU v Nebraska – KU struggles through the first half. In the second half I tell D that I’m exhausted and going to bed. I actually leave the room. According to D, KU immediately starts playing much better. Jayhawks win.
Now, let’s be clear about what kind of KU fan I have married. A couple of years ago, when KU’s football team made it to the Orange Bowl, D became convinced that the ‘hawks were playing so well because we kept forgetting to bring in our game day flag. He refused to let me take the flag down ever again. It’s still there, rain or shine, no matter the sports season. In D’s mind, if I touch that flag, then I hate the Jayhawks. And dreams.
D notices the correlation between my lack of attention to the game and the improved performance of the Jayhawks. “Really,” he says, “I think that loss to Tennessee is all your fault.”
Ms. B., who I only thought had been quietly doing her homework, decided she needed to join in: “Actually, Mom, I think it’s called letting down the whole team.”
Ouch. Here’s hoping they at least let me continue watching the first half.