March 17, 2005


With the whole nation watching, the NCAA tournament tips off today. Here are a few - OK, a lot - of reasons to tune in to all the action. (MIKE PHILLIPS, 3/17/05, Miami Herald)

Are you ready for the Madness?

Did you really look up the road record for the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights and go online to find the Winthrop Eagles?

It's not just bracket-mania (this is the year you win the office pool, right?) that makes the NCAA tournament so much fun. It's painted faces and wild dances and wilder endings. It's dreams and dream-breakers. It's hold-your-breath shots that have no chance -- before they hit the bottom of the net. It's Cinderella dancing to hip-hop. It's the time of year when Winthrop really can beat Gonzaga, and the time of year when Gonzaga can win it all.

Here are the 64 reasons there's nothing like March Madness. [...]

5 Watch out for the 5s; They are everybody's quick-pick to exit. Everyone knows that since the tournament expanded in 1985 that 26 No. 5s have gone down in flames in the opening round. [...]

11 Don't forget the 11s. They have won 21 times since the 1985 expansion. Best No. 11 seed? Probably Northern Iowa against No. 6 Wisconsin. [...]

13 The 13th seeds have pulled off 16 upsets since '85, and wouldn't this one shock the world: Penn beating No. 4 Boston College? It could happen. [...]

36 Taylor Coppenrath, the reason Vermont is here.

The Wife askks that I remind you all to get your picks in ASAP, before the first game tips off.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 17, 2005 11:01 AM

I'm in under the screen name of 3pointshot.

Posted by: MB at March 17, 2005 11:17 AM

5s look good to me ... this year, the 6s go down.

Posted by: pj at March 17, 2005 11:53 AM

Is this where the winner gets the Stanley Cup? Or is that for soccer?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 17, 2005 12:31 PM

What sport is this again? Would I have to watch TV to follow it?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at March 17, 2005 1:29 PM

Why can't we have a contest where we just have to answer yes or no to win a book. Some of us don't follow basketball, and what's the deal with this "big dance" crap?

Posted by: AllenS at March 17, 2005 3:04 PM

Why not a simple book-burning? Why promote gambling?

Posted by: ghostcat at March 17, 2005 7:47 PM