SNL ridiculed the deeply flawed system that allows athletes to attend college and even receive degrees without receiving an education. We found the skit to be entertaining, but deeply disturbing. Putting academic integrity before athletic success shouldn't be a late night punchline.
March Madness is great fun, but for me the Easter Season is best expressed by baseball and the new life that comes with opening day.
For three consecutive years, inspired by the NCAA's March Madness, Thomson Reuters has hosted "Metrics Mania" a competition that takes these teams off the court for a faceoff on the strength of their scholarly research programs.
Andrew Harrison isn't even six months past being a teenager. Why is he required to table all of the emotions he must be experiencing and answer questions for the profiteers who enjoy the benefits of his labor, win or lose?
Of course, a pitcher of beer and a basket of wings can only add to the excitement.
March Madness is in full swing, and millions of college students have conducted more intense research in completing their brackets than they likely will be willing to do in completing their courses, and they will be glued to their mobile devices for the latest live updates.
I was not always sports literate and I'm not a sports stats person. But I fell in love with sports because of its power to develop people, the analogies to business challenges, the power for societal good, and its ability to bridge across divides, to bring together people from diverse backgrounds.
It's not every day you get to here what really happens on the court -- as the final seconds tick down to a NCAA national championship. But that's exactly what happened to me on Friday when I had a chance to chat with Duke legend Jay Williams
Now let me be clear. I am a fan of basketball, a big fan. I have several reasons why I love the sport more than football, but not more than hockey. I love this time of year.
We were both on the brink of achieving our dreams -- his was a huge, national one, mine was a clichéd, personal one -- but there are threads of similarity in our struggles. However, what makes us different is that he has stopped chasing the ghost of his pre-injury life. I have not.
Ok, again, what do I know about sports? Mostly nothing. But I know this: when the buzz and bracketology swept my college campus this year, I got the fever.
Tis the season of the bracket buster, the upset story, the Cinderella team. Tis the season when we turn on the TV rooting for no one and, in the final seconds, find ourselves shouting for a team we know nearly nothing about.
The lessons I learned from Coach Izzo and from the intense competition at that level have served me well in my business career. As the latest round of March Madness kicks off, I'd like to share how some of the lessons I've learned from basketball apply to the business world.
Our Final Four are colorful and crazy, wild and welcoming -- everything a great bar should be.
Fun fact: The first-ever NCAA Men's Division I Basketball tournament was held in Evanston in 1939? Did you know that despite hosting the first tournament, Northwestern University has yet to make an appearance? Or that only one Illinois college has won the national championship in the tournament's 75-year history?
After spending several Marchs in front of a television, I have finally come to a conclusion about sports: I love the underdog.