Thursday, March 17, 2005

Madness is Here

Sports fans wait 365 days for this day to roll around. This is Day 1 of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament ... a.k.a. The Big Dance. At the start of the day, 64 teams still have a dream of winning the national championship. At the end of the day, 16 teams will be on their way home. 16 more will be eliminated tomorrow.

The beauty of this tournament is that on any given day, any given team can beat any other. This may sound like an overstatement, but history tell us that no one is safe even in the early rounds of the tournament. The other beauty of this tournament is that a champion will be crowned through a scoreboard rather than through voting. Win and you advance. Lose and you go home. This tournament captures the purest essence of sports.