Today marks the ‘real’ beginning of the “Big Dance.” The first round ‘First Four’ games are done and we can start with the real party. The NCAA tournament is probably the greatest month for sports fans. You get upsets, buzzer beaters, and David beating Goliath. Each year, there are constants that will occur on the first weekend of the tournament. These moments are what make the first weekend memorable and give the tourney it’s glory for years to come. Who doesn’t remember Valpo, Richard Hamilton, or Lorenzo Charles at the buzzer? What about Michael Jordan’s corner jumper, George Mason to the Final 4, or the Fab 5? All of these moments are etched in our proverbial skulls. Every year we get a new champion, but we also get new, fresh memories and moments to be remembered and told to our kids and grand-kids. Just like the laws of physics, the NCAA tourney has it’s own laws, MUSTS for the first weekend, with that being said, here we go:
- There will be a buzzer beater in the first weekend.
- There will be an overtime game.
- A lower seed will knock off a higher seed. Some big name school will be out to a college located inside a college (think about it). Pray to God it’s not your team.
- Officiating will affect the outcome of one game majorly, usually in the favor of a higher seed (Most likely UNC, Kentucky, Duke)
- Announcers yelling out the phrase “can you believe it?” (Obviously we can, it just happened in front of our faces)
- Many of your brackets will be shattered, as your National Champ exits as quickly as the tourney starts (Georgetown and Louisville, not happenin’).
- Some small player will constantly be showered with the praise of “he’s got a lot of heart.” (Is that an insult on his skill?)
- A big time school will be shown to be overrated (ahem, Duke, Kansas).
- I will continuously sing “One Shining Moment” in my head (and sometimes out loud) during every game, even though it’s the song reserved for the Champion at the END of the tournament.
- ‘NC State Shit’ (coined after my awesome University, look it up on Urban Dictionary) will happen to a majority of the teams. Could be in the form of a 6 minute 38 seconds scoring drought, or your best player fouling out in the first half, or your best shooter missing all his shots, or blowing a 20 point lead in the second half….really the list goes on. If your team experiences this, there really isn’t anything you can do except go sit in your room alone and in the dark crying (been there, done that, it’s not fun). Avoid all sharp objects if any of this happens, just sayin’.
- One “Major” conference will be shown to be fraudulent. I’m looking at you Big East (more like Big Least).
‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ (much better fit for this than winter time no?), so make sure you fill out your brackets, show them proudly before the games start, because once the ‘Madness’ begins, some of your picks won’t be dancing no mo.
I could have ended this with so many different songs regarding dancing, but instead I chose one of the greatest “dance” songs of all time. RIP Whitney Houston and Go WOLPACK!!