March Madness: Why It's the Greatest Time of the Year
There's nothing more exciting than March Madness!
No other season of the year serves up so much controversy, excitement, passion, heart-break, and suprises.
Some would argue that Bowl Season is the most wonderful time of the year.
But how can you compare the excitement of a late game Field Goal to the Joy of a buzzer beater as time expires?
But you can't really compare the two until College Football removes itself from the tyranny that is the BCS and starts some kind of a playoff system.
You can't rival the thrilling finishes, dramatic throw downs, and heart-wrenching emotions that come with March Madness.
Here are the reasons I believe March Madness is the most exciting time of the year....
The Conference Tournament gives every team in the conference one last chance to punch the ticket to the big dance.
In 2006, Syracuse showed the world what a team could do when given another chance. Syracuse entered the Big East Tournament with only one mission—win four games in four days.
After underachieving their way to a number nine seed, the Orange knew their only chance to reach the NCAA Tournament was to do the improbable—winning the Big East Tournament.
Syracuse's long, hard journey began with a game against the No. 9 seed Cincinnati. Syracuse was able to win a dog fight against Cincinnati on a three-point shot by Gerry McNamara as time expired.
This would not be the last time you would see late game heroics from McNamara. After the tough win Syracuse was rewarded by a playing game against the number one UConn, the next day.
How do you follow up a game winning three? McNamara answered that question by playing hero yet again.
Down by three with only seconds to go, G-Mac nailed a heart-wrenching shot sending the game to overtime. The Orange went on to win in thrilling fashion, 86-84.
But even after beating the No. 1 team in the country—Jim Boheim and crew knew they had to regroup for their Semi-Finals game against Georgetown.
They did just enough regrouping as they beat the Hoyas 58-57. The win put Syracuse in the Finals, as "win or go home" was on the line.
Syracuse finished the amazing run with 65-61 victory over Pitt to get the all important trip to the NCAA Tournament.
That is what I call Madness!
Filling Out Brackets
What is the best part of March Madness?
To me the answer is easy, filling out my bracket.
Every morning of Selection Sunday the only thing that runs through my mind is finding a bracket. When the matchups are finally released, I spend hours on the couch debating predictions on each game.
Being a Tide native, usually the most excitement this I get out of the tournament is accurately predicting The Final Four which I have done, once.
Filling a bracket is not always easy. While going through the brackets you always have to make the tough decision whether it is year for the perennial powers(2009) or whether its time for Cinderella (2006).
Excitement, heartbreak, joy, agony—these are all emotions felt after game-winning shots known as Buzzer Beaters.
Whether it's in March, or not, the buzzer beater is undoubtedly the most exciting play in basketball.
Probably the most well known shot in College Basketball history was Christian Laettner's 17 foot turn around buzzer beater to send the Blue Devils to The Final Four.
Another memorable Tournament buzzer beater was, coach's son, Bruce Drew's 23 foot prayer that completed Valparaiso's upset of Ole Miss in 1998.
Every kid who owns a basketball goal has imagined that they are Christian Laettner, the one hitting the shot at the buzzer in the middle of March Madness.
These are the shots that make make March Madness the most exciting time of the year: 5...4...3...2...1!
Every year whether its College Football or Basketball, fans yearn for a great Cinderella story.
In 2006, George Mason put on that coveted Golden Slipper and became the Cinderella that everyone could only have dreamed.
The Patriots of George Mason entered the Big Dance as an unheard of eleven seed.
They started their tournament run with a 75-65 victory over Michigan St.
But most believed it had more to do with the Spartans flopping over the thought that George Mason might actually be good. Could they really beat North Carolina?
The Patriots had to be thinking of Lee Corso's famous "Not so fast my friend", as they went on the floor to battle North Carolina.
George Mason put together almost a perfect game as they beat the Tarheels in a barn burner. This win set them up for a game against another want to be Cinderella in Wichita State.
The Patriots won "The Battle of the Cinderellas" with a hard fought 63-55 win over Wichita State.
With that George Mason had earned a spot in the elite eight against the No.1 seed Huskies of Connecticut with a chance to go to the Final Four on the line.
George Mason continued their improbable run with 86-84 OT win over the No. 1 overall seed Connecticut. Proving that the slipper fit quite well.
Though George Mason lost their next game against Florida, their tournament run will always be remember as one of the greatest showcase in college basketball.
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