This is setting up to be a great weekend at my house, or as it is more widely known, The Thirsty Beagle Northwest Oklahoma County Memorial Sports Coliseum. So many sporting events, so much TV watching on tap. I’ll be watching college basketball tonight. Ah, yes, my good friend college basketball. I’ve missed you. If there is one time a year when it is perfectly acceptable to sit around for four straight days watching sports ’round the clock and drinking beer, it’s during the opening Thursday-Sunday run of the NCAA basketball tournament. Brackets and beer. You can’t beat it. Tonight both OSU and OU are on. Both teams are intriguing. Both leave us wondering what to expect, but for different reasons. OSU is in an obvious transition year. They’ve got talent coming back, but a new system. Their probable ceiling this year? Maybe Sweet 16. Or they could become the Buffalo Bills of the NIT. Four years in a row, nothing to show for it. It’s too hard to say for sure right now. As for OU, if they can develop a consistent outside scoring threat, they could be legitimately dangerous. Also tonight, I’ll be going to the store for the weekend’s supply of beer. I’ll take any suggestions. I had really been holding out hope I could score some Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, but it doesn’t appear to be in cards. Saturday shapes up to be an uninterrupted day of college football watching. In the Big 12, Texas will beat down Kansas, Missouri will beat down Iowa State and OSU I predict will bounce back from their trip to the town I refer to as Bizarroland and put a hurting on Colorado. I don’t think Colorado stops OSU’s ground game in this one, and Colorado’s offense is traditional enough and light enough on playmakers that OSU should be able to hold them in check. Let’s go with a 34-17 OSU win. There’s also the Thunder this weekend. Is there any argument that the Thunder as a brand and mascot is seriously underdeveloped? We’ve got no storm clouds, no lightning, no Gary England. Nothing. I was sooooo certain the mascot would be a buffalo, along the lines of the thundering herd of buffalo theme. No dice there, but there’s still no mascot, so maybe I can continue to hold out hope. For this weekend’s beer selection, I’m leaning toward at least one light/lighter ale selection and one stout, just to balance things off. Again, throw any suggestions my way down in the comments section.