The Madness of March
The birds began to chirp in the AM, spring must be around the corner,
If a calendar year ever needed a liver, March would be its donor,
March brings us luck from St. Patrick; and brings us back to warmer weather,
There is something about the atmosphere in March;
It brings happiness and people together,
And it brings us basketball…College basketball madness that is!
A tournament full of buzzer-beating-upsets, and a cinderella story or two,
If March were an object I reckon it will be a glass shoe,
It turns coaches into geniuses and players into legends,
I’ve saw teams turn into dynasties, coming down to the final seconds,
But March..begins in November!
It begins with non-conference games versus top-tier opponents,
There was a Battle 4 Atlantis and the Blue Devils won it,
The Invitational to Maui was fought and won by Illinois,
And the Champions Classic was a couple of match-ups that I enjoyed,
The Coaches v. Cancer Classic was taken by Florida State,
And in the Legends Classic Tom Creans’ Hoosiers played great,
In the Battle of Puerto Rico the Oklahoma State Cowboys sealed the deal,
And after the Preseason NIT we knew that the Wolverines were for real,
And in the Jimmy V Classic we realized basketball is more than just a game,
Coach Jim Valvano’s wishful words will always simmer through my veins,
He said to, “laugh, think, and have your emotions move to tears,”
And after 20 years, his inspiring words remain here.
But even those moments don’t add up to March!
We reeled in the new year with strong conference play,
The BIG 10 seemed to bless us with BIG match ups everyday,
There were huge upsets across the country and fans kept storming the courts,
So don’t take that part away from the game because you’ll be taking the soul of the sport,
Top seeds kept falling off like leaves on a tree,
The moment you were ranked #1 you became more susceptible to me,
There were no clear cut favorites a couple months into the season,
So the real #1 team was..well.. whoever you wanted to believe in,
Rivalry week then came around and it shook things up even more,
Either that or Jim Larranaga’s Hurricanes were putting a real smacking to the floor,
In-state rivals going head to head to see who conquers the land in which they lay,
While fans froze outside of their arenas waiting hours to watch their team play,
And at the same time the bracket-busting season had returned,
Mid-Major teams trying to show the country why an NCAA bid they will earn,
This is when second-tier teams control the fate for all the others,
Simultaneously Judgement week rolls around and teams start to show their true colors,
So a loss for your squad at this point could mean a lot of trouble,
Because this is when analysts are trying to figure out who is in or out the bubble,
So winning is a must because losses can be detrimental to your team,
Ask the #1 seeds in the Not In Tournament (NIT) tournament,
They can explain to you what I mean..
But even after all that, nothing matches up to the intensity in March!
March brings conference tournaments and outright bids,
Where top-flight kids could get down-right did,
March brings hope to the hopeless, it brings faith to non-believers,
It brings smiles to all the grievers that out-achieve the over-achievers,
March brings a whole new audience to the unknown,
The unknown being the Mid-Major team who overthrows your power houses throne,
March turns experts into ordinary people,
So when you are filling out your bracket, all brackets are equal,
It brings justice
That’s right …March bring Justice to schools,
Who don’t pass by as “cool” or earned enough social respect to have rule,
It gives the bullied a one-time opportunity to take down the “bullies” so to speak,
And coincidentally, March seems to be the month in which the “victims” peak,
We’ve had our VCU’s, Butlers, and our George Masons,
Who’ve made it to the promise land with handwork and dedication,
And lets not forget luck.
Because you are only fooling yourself if you don’t believe luck is involved
In the Journey to win the tourney.
I mean, how else can you explain Grant Hill’s full court heave pass that hit Christian Laettners hands,
Only to watch Laettner hit a buzzer beater, shocking all the fans,
In 2.1 seconds?
How else can you explain the 1983 title game between underdog N.C State v. powerhouse Houston,
That ended in a buzzer-beating dunk by Lorenzo Charles who put back an air ball his teammate was shooting,
A moment that was so shocking to Head Coach Jim Valvano, he didn’t know what to do after,
So he just ran around in excitement, as his squad solidified a 2nd championship banner to add to their raptor?
But same difference right?
Whatever you believe, March brings both to the sight,
A sight where dreams get shattered and plans get scattered,
Where your 30-win season wouldn’t even matter,
Because if you listen to the chatter you’ll get served on a platter,
By a team that has been waiting to cook your recipe for disatser,
March has made me believe that five freshman can conquer it all,
But then those who rise can fall, from a blown time out call,
March brings us the greatest show on sports, for almost a whole month long,
I use to think March was a lame month but boy was I wrong,
If there was one certainty about March, it would be that there is nothing certain,
So I hope you enjoy the show,
NCAAB it’s time to pull the Curtain!
Happy March Madness Everyone!