Volume 96, Issue 82
Thursday, March 6, 2003

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Sports interrogation

The soothsayer told Julius Caesar to "beware the ides of March." Well, he should have told The Gazette sports section that, because we're plum out of sports to write about. March is here, and with it (along with the ides), comes the National Collegiate Athletic Association's basketball tournament, commonly known as March Madness. The Gazette trudged across the snowy campus, valiantly withstanding the fierce elements, in search of the answer to the following question:

Is March Madness all that it is cracked up to be, and if so, is NCAA basketball a better product than the NBA?


"It's an epic college sporting tournament with the excitement and thrill of the NBA rookie All-Star game, only with more heart and determination."
– Antoine Harris,
English II


"What's March Madness?"
– Rachel Steed,
Philosophy II


"Because it's a single elimination tournament and not round robin, it makes it the most exciting sporting event in the world. No question."
– Philip White,
ACS II


"All the players play with tremendous heart and have something to prove. It really shows the true bonding and camaraderie of a team, plus you get to see Bobby Knight throw some chairs around."
– Mike Mannix,
ACS II


"I love it because they all actually give a shit."
– Liam Dinning,
Engineering III


"It's the best collegiate sport in terms of the high level of competition. Every possession means so much to the outcome of the game, whereas in the NBA, the last five minutes are the most important part of the game."
– Brandon Benvenuto,
Genetics III


"Definitely. The fact that the players don't get paid and the intensity is that high makes it very exciting."
– Nick Maragno,
Sociology II


"Go Gonzaga!"
– Steven R. Knowles Jr.,
History II


" ... And on the eighth day I created basketball, and it was good. And on the ninth day I created March Madness, and it was good too. And on the 10th day I rested, and watched My creation in all its glory."
– God,
Anthropomorphology MCLMXXVII

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