March Madness is traditionally my favorite time of the year in sports.
I really enjoy college basketball and enjoy all of the early round matches with potential upsets.
From seeing #15 Richmond beat #2 Syracuse in high school in 1991. To seeing #13 Princeton beating defending champion #4 UCLA while watching at a student center near Firestone library on the Princeton campus in 1996.
I even did a very quickly dated stand-up routine in Tim Farrell’s stand-up comedy class about March Madness, they’re are frankly better topics to build up 5 minutes of comedy.
The NCAA tournament has always been fun to me.
I grew up without cable, which is some ways made the NCAA tournament cooler. I didn’t gorge on Championship Week on ESPN with the hours and hours and hours of basketball. I did watch some of the finals on CBS or ABC, but mainly sports, especially college basketball was a weekend thing.
Now I can gorge if I want to in Championship week, but I find sports is a lower priority all the time. It’s behind things like Lanna time, Blogging, Twitter, Poetry, Family and everything else that happens in life. And I’m no longer in high school where sports is one of the things guys can always talk about.
I still love it though. I love selection Sunday. I love Bracketology. I love all of the talk about bubble teams. I love mid-majors. And I like hearing bands and cheerleaders, not piped in noise like the NBA.
I also love there is 4 games on at the same time, and looking forward to them all being on different network and not being stuck seeing the likes of Duke, Kansas and Kentucky in blowouts while games like say St. Mary’s vs. South Florida are close.
And I will love to see in Rutgers in the tournament again under Mike Rice. This season had some good highs and many lows, but like the passion his teams are playing with. I am looking forward to 2012-2013.
And go mid-majors. Would love to see a team like VCU, Butler or George Mason in the Final Four again. And selection committee please pick Drexel over a mediocre team from a power conference like Seton Hall, Tennessee or NC State.