For two weeks this month, 64 college basketball teams will shoot
it out to become the NCAA men's Division 1 champion. This crazy
tournament, lovingly known as March Madness, is definitely worth a
watch. Here's why:
brings families together. During the two-week tournament it's all
about the bracket (the flow chart of each school's "seed" position
and who's playing whom). Download the chart online, keep track of
how the games are going down and fill your nights full of
uneducated predictions and the study of "bracketology."
2. Underdogs are the coolest. March Madness
match-ups are the ultimate in David vs. Goliath smack-downs.
Watching small schools take on those Big 10 giants, your kids will
see living proof that sometimes the little guys and their trusty
sling shots really do come out on top. Even if you're not a
basketball fan when it all starts, it's completely cool to
unabashedly jump on the bandwagon and root for the underdogs.
3. "One Shining Moment" will make you cry. As the
bracket whittles down to the Sweet 16, the Elite Eight and the
Final Four, emotions begin to run high. These boys are living their
athletic dreams right before your eyes. And when it's all over,
they show a video montage, set to the song "One Shining Moment,"
that will provide you as good a cry as the ending of
4. It's beautifully unpredictable. Laundry day is
Wednesday, your kid forgets his library book every Thursday and
your highlights need to be touched-up every four to six weeks. Much
of life rolls along like clockwork, but when it comes to March
Madness-and its single elimination set-up-it's anyone's game.
5. Athletic college boys in shorts. Enough
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
See more of Meredith's stories here.
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