It is officially March and for basketball fans that means one thing- March Madness. College basketball has already had so many upsets and exciting games, it seems as though March Madness has been going on all season, however now it’s officially tournament time and for us here in Poland it is no different. We are in the middle of a five-game series in the first round of the playoffs for our league. Unfortunately, things aren’t off to a great start and we are down 0-2 in the series but we will be returning home to play game three in another week. We are the seventh seed and are matched up against the second seed, Artego Bydgoszcz. We have played this team four games in a row and will play them again in game three and a possible game four and five if we are able to win the next game.
Our trip to Bydgoszcz for the first two games of the series on Saturday and Sunday was one we would like to forget about because of how poorly the games went but is one that will be remembered for other reasons. Bydgoszcz is about two and a half hours away and due to budgetary reasons, our club originally wanted us to drive there and back Saturday and Sunday instead of spending Saturday night there between our games. Driving the day of a game isn’t ideal and doing it two days back-to-back seemed even worse. With some convincing, our club decided to let us stay Saturday night, which was great until we found out we wouldn’t be staying in a hotel like normal.
We ended up staying in a dorm and it was basically the freshman year experience all over again. Just like most college dorms, the rooms were filled with beds, desks and closets, the bathrooms were down the hall for everyone to share, our meals were served in the cafeteria through a window from the kitchen, and there were even students there as well. This wasn’t the ideal situation but nothing says team bonding like a trip down the hall to the bathroom to brush your teeth.
The weather has finally warmed up a bit and we broke into the 40s for the first time since probably November. The sun has been out for the past 5 or 6 days allowing for more opportunities to explore the beaches along the Baltic Sea and the other sights one last time before I head back to America in a few weeks. They say that Spring doesn’t officially start here until March 21st, and seen as how my plane ticket home is on the 22nd only leaving me with one day of Spring, I guess this 40-45 degree weather will be about as good as it will get.
We have another week and a half of practices before our next game and hopefully we will be able to turn things around a bit and extend the series past game three.