St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness, that’s what’s up!

St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness, that’s what’s up!

This is a huge weekend for folk’s like me, I am part Irish and am an avid college hoops fan. Since KloudTek is based in Michigan I will start with the two games that feature our teams, the Spartans  and Wolverines. Michigan (24-11) v Oklahoma St. (20-12) tips off Friday at 12:15PM EST. These two teams could have not entered the tourney with more contrast. The Wolverines are one of the hottest teams to enter March Madness this year, winning the Big Ten Tourney with 4 wins in 4 days and looking very impressive doing so. The Cowboys limp into the Big Dance after losing 3 straight contests. I believe Michigan will continue to role and win convincingly against the first year coached Cowboys, setting up what should be  a great game against the Legend led Louisville Cardinals Sunday. In what would be a mild upset, I have the Beilein led Wolverines beating the Pitino Cardinals in a close one. In the same bracket (Midwest) the Spartan’s (19-14) v Hurricanes (21-11) start their battle at 9:20PM EST in what should be a defensive showdown. The Spartans are a far better shooting team and will likely look to force the Hurricanes to hit from outside the paint. In what is usually Advantage Izzo’s squad, Miami is much better on the boards this year. I look for the Spartans to win in a low scoring close contest. Whoever wins this game will most likely exit in the second round against the powerhouse Kansas Jayhawks. Although there are always big upsets, usually over the first two rounds, I have a pretty boring final four consisting of 3 Number 1 seeds and 1 two seed – Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona, with The Villanova Wildcats cutting down the nets with back-2-back championships. What does your Bracket look like? Who you got? 

Now that we covered the college round ball opening weekend, let’s get into St. Patrick’s Day and weekend happening. There is a new Sports Pub in Cascade, MI I have had the privilege of patronizing that is having their official grand opening today called the Blue Moose. They have a custom menu catered towards Irish fair today and a Band this evening. If you decide to visit with your kids, they do have a few video games, a pool table and classic shuffle board game. Their Happy Hour is from 2:00PM until 6:00PM and there price is Right, Bob.

Early in the week I was having lunch with a client at The Social Kitchen in the Downtown Market and I stumbled on another new watering hole, called The Craft Beer Cellar. I stopped in to see if they might need any technology assistance, along with just a sheer curiosity. CBC is unique in the fact that they area a hybrid between a beer store and tasting room for their craft selections. I spoke to one of the owners (husband and wife team) Jessica and she informed me they were a franchise owner and the corporate location is based out of MA. She could not have been more pleasant, offered me a few samples, but I did have to pass on account of that fact I had a Customer appointment shortly after.

As for the long standing Irish joints in Grand Rapids the list is long. Below are a few options.

  • Quinn & Tuites Irish Pub
  • O’Tooles Public House
  • Mulligan’s Pub
  • Flanagan’s Irish Pub
  • The Pubb Food & Spirits

Being Irish and enjoying an Ice cold beer from time to time I have visited all of the above and had an enjoyable time at all. I hope you all have a Fun and Safe St. Patrick’s Day and weekend.



20+ years in the Information Technology space at leading VARs across Michigan - specializing in Infrastructure and Communications. I am a focused professional who is proactive in servicing clients as a strategic and technical partner; leveraging skills in understanding complex business needs and delivering solutions that meet both short and long-term goals. Today, I specialize in Cloud technologies, which for me is a huge paradigm switch back to my roots, proving the idiom - Everything old is new again. I am incredibly passionate about the integration of technology in both our professional and personal lives.

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