The NCAA College Basketball Tournament has as wide appeal as even the Super Bowl. You can thank the myriad brackets filled out by millions of people in offices, clubs, bars, colleges, etc. for the extreme level of interest. Everyone hopes to get the picks right and avoid the dreaded “bracket buster”. The actual chance that anyone can create a perfect bracket has longer odds than the lottery, which is why you see such enormous prizes being offered for just such a bracket. Not going to happen! But don’t despair; with no one perfect, you have as good a chance as anyone in your own pool.
Our two heavily rooted local teams, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, both made the big dance, as the tournament is affectionately known. We had an early deadline this week, so I only know the Tennessee result from round one, but it was a big, convincing win. Tech certainly has the ability to advance a round or two – and in this tournament, who knows. It all comes down to who gets hot at the right time. Both of our local squads have that ability, and they both play solid defense, a mandatory requirement if you’re going to advance.
Hey – if basketball isn’t your favorite sport, fear not. Baseball season is right around the corner, The Masters is less than a month away, the winter team sports are getting ready for their playoffs and the weather is getting nicer so that we can all get outside and enjoy whatever it is we like to do. Local golf courses and tennis courts begin to see much more play, softball leagues are getting organized and even bowling leagues are gearing up for their summer season. Just in case your bracket gets busted!
By Paul Kavanaugh