It's time to usher in the annual rite of spring known as March Madness. While Cinderella grabs millions at the box office, a record number of small-screen viewers will be on the lookout for another kind of Cinderella who can prevent the Kentucky Coronation.
It's a manifest of American modernity, of technology and testing and the other trappings of progress, that signals the fading of the American pastime as we look further to the past for a game invented by our land's original inhabitants that is needed now more than ever.
The Pac-12 got their sixth and seventh straight NCAA Tournament wins as Arizona topped Ohio State and Utah took care of Georgetown before 17,370 fans at the Moda Center.
50 years ago, Portland hosted the 1965 Final Four featuring Princeton and Bill Bradley, John Wooden's UCLA Bruins as well as Michigan and Wichita State. The NCAA tournament returned to Portland on Thursday with four second-round games.
As my wife can attest, sports consume an embarrassingly high percentage of my television viewing and internet surfing. With a healthy base of sports knowledge, one would think I would be an expert at the March Madness office pool. But nay!
Arizona won the Pac-12 Tournament behind three strong outings from its veteran forward Brandon Ashley. The Oakland, California native has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from March 9th to March 15th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Darrun Hilliard had a clutch week for Villanova in tough road wins at Providence and Butler. The Bethlehem, Pa. native has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from February 9th to February 15th.
Dean Smith clearly touched many individual lives, but he also affected the world in which he lived. He was especially committed to fighting racial discrimination and wasn't afraid to speak out against the nuclear arms race, and he publicly opposed the death penalty -- all issues that didn't have great support in his environment.