With all the heartbreak and heartache in the world today, from the suffering in Japan to the war-torn Middle East to our domestic challenges, basketball might seem like a superfluous subject to write, or even think, about.
But maybe that’s the very reason why I’m inclined to do so.
The NCAA basketball tournament kicked off earlier this week. Upset wins by Richmond, Morehead State and Gonzaga last night ushered in what promises to be three weeks of great fun and excitement. March Madness has officially begun!
Why do so many of us love it?
If you’re not a fan of the game, this video will help explain why so many of us are drawn to it:
There is the drama, of course. But I think we’re also drawn to the passion with which the game is played. It’s refreshing to watch 18 – and 19-year-old young men play for the pure love of the sport. There’s also the camaraderie on the court and the unified nature of a team in pursuit of a championship.
Much like family, one man does not a winning team make.
As a spectator, basketball can provide that much needed break from the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” It is good to take a breather from things of great importance and get carried away by the drama unfolding on the court. It’s a wise family who knows how to have fun for free – and watching a game or two of this year’s tournament is a viable and positive option.
This year’s offering started with 68 teams. By the end of the night of April 4th only one will be standing.
Who is your pick?
I’d invite you to go on the record and post your prediction! I’m taking Kansas.