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March 17, 2009 - Seth Staskey
March is the greatest time of the year for basketball. The NCAA Tournament is about to captivate the nation like only one other sporting event can and that one only happens once every four years.
The NCAA Tournament is a time for people to boast about their knowledge by playing brackets. There is not a major sports site on the Internet today that doesn't have interactive brackets, printable brackets, bracket managers and bracket pools. It's great, people show up at work Thursday trying to either escape by noon or making sure they have their television tuned in or Internet fired up to catch all of the games.
They then come back to work on Monday and the field's been pared to 16 teams and you begin analyzing matchups and looking ahead to the next weekend when the Final Four is set.
Personally, I like the opening rounds better than the Final Four. Not necessarily from a competition standpoint, but from the fact that there are games on all day. Final Four you've got to wait until 5:40 for the first game to tip and then there is only one other game. The National Championship game starts too late on television.
Many folks -- kids and adults a like -- can't stay up to 11 p.m. to see the conclusion of the game. And the best part of the game comes after the trophy is presented when CBS recaps the tournament by playing One Shining Moment. (I am a nerd, I have that song downloaded on my computer at home).
Throw in the fact that this week is the girls state tournament in Ohio and next week is the boys shows how exciting a time of year this is. Hopefully, you find enough time to squeeze in some hoops or should I say hopefully you find enough time to squeeze in some work.
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