I bring my title to you today in quotations, because it was actually said by one of my professors on the Eve of the First Day (of the tournament).
I kid you not!
HOW COOL IS THAT?
Thursday morning (the First Day) I was listening to the radio on the way to my 8 a.m. class. I was sufficiently decked out in Tiger Blue (and white).
Someone said that more people call into work/leave sick on the first day of the tournament than any other day of the year. Isn't that crazy?
I "half-way" followed suit and oddly came down with my own case of a mysterious "basketball disease" during the 11-2 time slot.
This is what happens when your school finds itself with a basketball team playing for the title (again). This is what happens when aforementioned basketball team is one of the top three in the country. This is what happens when the coach of the aforementioned basketball team is named Coach of the Year by a national publication.
Superstition keeps me from going any further.
People who don't even care about college basketball seem to become experts Mid-March. Which I appreciate, unless they talk bad about "my team." Then I get a little upset. Because, what do "they" know anyway?
(Of course I know that none of us "really know" in the first place, but that is beside the point)
Now that half the field has been eliminated, I figured it was time to blog about the magic number: 32. There are exactly 32 teams currently vying for the title of NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!
Let the game(s) continue!