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."
"What's March Madness?"
"Because it's a single elimination tournament and not round robin, it makes it the most exciting sporting event in the world. No question."
"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."
"I love it because they all actually give a shit."
"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."
"Definitely. The fact that the players don't get paid and the intensity
is that high makes it very exciting."
Steven R. Knowles Jr.,
" ... 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."