March is my favorite month of the year, and it is plain and simple why…MARCH MADNESS!
It is in my opinion one of the best things to happen in all sports. For me it ranks up there with the likes of the World Series and the Super Bowl.
Sixty-four teams enter (In Division I it’s 68 teams with the play-in round) with their eyes on being the one team at the end of the tournament hosting the trophy and being crowned National Champions.
The best part of March Madness is you truly don’t know who is going to win.
I mean you can try but the odds of getting a perfect bracket are about 1 in 9.2 quintillion. You have a better chance to win the Powerball numerous times before you can predict a perfect NCAA bracket. Most, including myself, can’t even get the first round correct.
The best thing for me is being able to root for the Cinderella team. Everyone does it unless the team their playing you picked to win.
Take last year, for example, when Florida Golf Coast defeated Georgetown and San Diego State to make it to the Sweet 16 as a 15 seed, or you can look at Wichita State, who as a 9 seed made it to the Final Four.
We can even go back further and look at UVM beating Syracuse, or George Mason’s run to the Final Four.
Every year there will be an upset somewhere in the bracket. To me, when underdogs take the floor they have nothing to lose. The team themselves are the only ones that believe that they can win and sometimes that is all you need mixed in with a little bit of luck.
This March is already one of the coolest March’s I’ve ever seen. We are witnessing one of the best stories of all of Division III right now; Our Women’s Basketball team is in the Sweet Sixteen!
I’ve been watching the games and it has been such a pleasure watching this team. They have overcome two 1st half deficits to get themselves back in the game, with in your face defense, and a stellar offensive game to beat Bowdoin on their home-court, and SUNY Plattsburgh in overtime.
Both of these teams were ranked, and the Spartans went in with nothing to lose. They played their game and the rest is history.
Lets hope they keep going and make this one of the coolest March I have been apart of. Oh and lets get a massive crowd at Tufts, when they take on Tufts, March 14.