NCAA Tournament 2011: The Thrill of March

wes burdenContributor IMarch 10, 2011

Cinderella makes an appearance every March.
Cinderella makes an appearance every March.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

To steal from a Christmas carol, could this be the most wonderful time of the year? 

For anyone who reads or sees this, I would like them to know that I am a huge sports follower.  If there is a sport on TV, I will give some of my time to viewing what is offered to me. 

I try not to hold biases or discriminate against any one sport before properly viewing it.  Shouldn't someone who is into sports at least have the decency to do so?

Which leads me to what I am trying to get to.  This is the time of the year when business starts to pick up for me. 

The NBA is heating up. 

The NHL is in its final leg as well, with the playoffs for each sport about one month away. 

Golf is creeping over the horizon as well, with the Masters about one month away as well. 

Spring training for baseball is under way, starting a process that leads fans all the way to the Fall Classic in October. 

But there is one sport that dominates the month of March and rightfully so.  I am talking about none other than college basketball.  With league tournaments finishing up and starting as well, the march (no pun intended) to Selection Sunday is ever approaching. 

March is a month where teams control their own destiny and sit at home to wait to see if their bubble has finally bursted. 

Now is the time where "Cinderella" teams come from George Mason to shock and amaze us all.  March Madness brings out the best in everyone, from coaches all the way to fans of the sport. 

Everyone who enjoys this time of the year will be saying one phrase in unison as we stare at our portals for hoops hysteria, "the thrill of March".