Along with March Madness comes betting, dreaming up the perfect bracket, and ignoring productivity. For employers, March is likely to make them mad over how much money they're losing thanks to worker distraction.
March Madness has a way of bringing people together, no matter your gender, religion, race or politics. Whether your team wins or loses, you're still a fan. Let's call it bipartisan basketball.
Sixteen teams are left in the NCAA basketball tournament. Three #1 seeds survived, Gonzaga didn't. Florida Gulf Coast is the first #15 seed to reach the Sweet 16.
Syracuse helped add some luster back to the Big East as they defeated Cal 66-60. The game was never really in doubt with Cal not getting closer than six points in the second half and the Orange generally maintaining an 8-10 point lead much of he way.
The 1983 North Carolina Wolfpack created March Madness, coming from nowhere to win nine consecutive elimination games over a month period against a field of mostly heavily favored opponents.
Fielding a unique four-guard lineup, No. 14 Harvard squeaked out an improbable 68-62 win over New Mexico, a 3-seed, in Salt Lake City on Thursday, giving the Crimson their first NCAA tournament victory in program history. And the Twittersphere took notice.
A player like Victor Oladipo generates far more revenue for a college program than his scholarship is worth. Consequently, in a free market some school would be willing to pay more for Oladipo's services.
When the Denver Nuggets beat Philly for their 14th straight win, it clinched a playoff spot for the Brooklyn Nets.
Upset of the Day: No doubt, Harvard's win over #3-seeded New Mexico. It was the Crimson's first win ever in the NCAA tourney and came after their co-captains and best players were dismissed from school prior to the season.
Baltimore safety Ed Reed is moving to Texas. It looks like the Chicago Bears and linebacker Brian Urlacher are parting ways.
It's ethically intelligent to draw the line between fun that's appropriate in the workplace and good times that are better had elsewhere. Betting money on sports (or the Oscars, or anything else) falls in the latter category.
You can be part of the larger national conversation, or even the niche collegiate conversations, if you know the right hashtags.
Use your ignorance to your advantage, because in the majority of March Madness pools I've been involved in, the person who ultimately wins hasn't watched one dribble of a basketball all season prior to filling out their bracket.
President Obama picked two #1 seeds, Louisville and Indiana, a # 2 seed, Ohio State and a #3 seed Florida to reach the Final Four. He picks Indiana to win it all.
Since kidney health and college basketball were both on my mind, I started to think about some of the similarities between preparing for a big basketball match-up and preventing injury to your kidneys.
And what of the young men who play the game -- who work 50-hour weeks to hone skills that earn millions for their coaches and universities, for TV networks, for manufacturers of athletic paraphernalia, and for gamblers and bookies?