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Watch and Enjoy with Caution...

Danny DraginCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2008

Don't let this happen to you!!!

Maybe you are like me. Maybe you consider yourself more than just a fan—a fanatic. You must see every game and watch all the ESPN highlights. You feel empty when you miss one. You watch SportsCenter repeatedly, over and over again.

But then you realize this takes away from the ones you love and enjoy spending time with. You find yourself glued to the television because it's the big game—the can't-miss or the must-see.

The next day at work when everyone is talking about the game, there you are, front and center, giving your version of the action. But what about the person you didn't have time for?

I bring this up with March Madness in full swing. Sixty four games is enough to make even the greatest fan sit back and question his or her own loyalty. And lest we forget about the brackets. I mean, who doesn't have a bracket these days? Little old ladies who don't know the difference between a Hoosier and a Hoya are debating...and watching.

We do love to watch these games. We love it when CBS switches us to another game that may be closer, or better yet a bracket buster game. We love the in-depth analysis that the experts give and we assume we are one as well when all is said and done. 

Honestly, last Thursday and Friday, how many of us skipped work and sat in a sports bar for the better part of the day and night? When you got home and your wife asked "How was work?" did you reply "The usual?" or did you tell her, "I skipped work, watched some hoops at a bar, made some side bets, and kept track of all my brackets. How was yours? By the way, damn Drake."

What I'm saying is don't overdo it.

Enjoying sports, and the tournament in particular, can be done without sacrificing the other things that should be important to you. You don't have to give up one to enjoy the other. Sports enjoyment must be done in moderation. Overloading on it can leave you feeling empty.

I love the March Madness tournament as much as the next person. I used to fill out enough brackets that trees would fear me thinking they could be the next victim. Now I will catch a couple of games here and there, check the highlights when I can, and certainly am privy to who is playing who in the next round.

Simply put, I can hold a conversation and still consider myself a fan...no longer a fanatic.

And there is nothing wrong with that.

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