Sunday, March 18, 2012

glued to the tv

This is the one time of year when I find my butt planted in front of the tv for hours -- March Madness, the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Impressive performances so far by Kentucky and North Carolina. Indiana looks surprisingly tough, too; they're one of two teams to beat Kentucky this year, and the two teams will face off again this week.

Kudos to Ohio University, from the Mid-American Conference, for making it to Sweet Sixteen. They're the lowest remaining seed (13th) in the tournament. Their reward? A date with the Tar Heels. Ouch.

And, how about the state of Ohio? Four Ohio teams made it to the Sweet Sixteen: Ohio State, Xavier, Ohio, and Cincinnati.

There have been some nice upsets so far in the tournament -- most notably, #15 seed Lehigh over #2 seed Duke, #15 seed Norfolk State over #2 seed Missouri, and #13 seed Ohio over #4 seed Michigan. But all four #1 seeds (Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan State, and Syracuse) are still standing.

It's "March Madness," so anything can happen, but chances look good for seeing two #1 seeded teams facing off for the title. And while I'm pulling hardest for Michigan State to win it all, I'm always hoping for a Final Four with no #1 seeds.

Great teams like Kentucky and North Carolina are incredible to watch, but this tournament is all about the upsets. That's what puts the "Madness" into "March Madness." The main reason I tune in is for the chance to see unheralded players from unheralded teams rise to the occassion and slay some giants. It's "The Big Dance" -- one of the greatest events in all of sports (up there with the Olympic games and World Cup soccer, in my opinion).

To view the current NCAA Tournament Bracket, you can go to:

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