Sport at its best requires athletes to give more than they thought they could -- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. And because of that, whether we're experiencing sport firsthand as athletes, or secondhand as fans, it is, as Reid said, "life with the volume turned up."
The question is, if Americans are so diligent at doing their research, crunching the numbers and making decisions for their tourney brackets, why don't they put in that kind of effort for retirement planning? After all, the stakes are much higher.
Whenever it was, and whatever it was, thank you, college basketball. You did the impossible. You turned me into a loyal sports fan, and I couldn't be more grateful.
Iowa State had a pair of thrilling comebacks to end the regular season and take second place in the Big 12. Georges Niang was a spark in both contests and has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from March 2nd to March 8th.
The scandals at Syracuse and North Carolina, the shadows over Duke, the many scandals of the past and future will not vanish. The only thing that ultimately will vanish is the integrity of American higher education. That is the real Madness of March.
On the eve of March Madness my mind floods with memories. The impact of college and professional basketball on our sons began when they were toddlers. Today, thirteen years later, many things have changed though their passion for basketball remains.
Many people unfairly associate Springsteen only with the working man or a man's only musician -- that couldn't be further from the truth.
From Cinderella stories to buzzer beaters, the NCAA basketball tournament ensures March is a month where history is made. But this year, history and the Big Dance mix to form an even more intoxicating brew: "The Big Tap" Historic Bars Tournament.
Even though the NCAA is a non-profit organization that many would not associate with brilliant marketing, they have done an enviable job of taking the March Madness Tournament and turning into one of the most popular sports showcases for advertisers.
Boston College has recently had a rough stretch in conference play, but Olivier Hanlan had a big week to help snap a nine-game losing streak.
Do you remember those old commercials where off-beat salesmen ramble on about their item that does it all or simply "slices and dices?" No? Well, watch this and you're welcome.
I don't have a big problem with Vanderbilt deciding not to suspend Stallings. The bigger issue is the on-going prevalence of boorish, autocratic, "kick-'em in the butt" style coaches in this country, especially at the high school and youth levels.
Senior year should be a time for mastery, exploration, and rigor, as colleges want academically inquisitive, passionate, and talented students.
Kyle Wiltjer kept Gonzaga's unbeaten conference record alive this week with huge games against Pacific and St. Mary's. The Portland, Ore. native has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from February 16th to February 22nd.
CBS has realized the juggernaut ratings of its opening weekend of March Madness. Imagine the same captured audience if the Academy could somehow string along its Sunday-night glacier movement into biteable chunks for us mavens!
Like every new dad, as I held my newborn son, I dreamed of teaching him to play catch, shoot a basketball, and ride his first bicycle. But Max was different. A premature twin, I couldn't hold him for months, and when I did, he fit in my two hands. A few months later, I found out Max had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.