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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Perhaps my favorite day of the year is upon us. No, it has nothing to do with my love of shamrocks, green beer and leprechauns*, but rather an unhealthy affliction known as March Madness. Today, thousands of sports fans will spend a longer-than-usual lunch "hour" at a pub, a sports bar, or maybe the TV wall of their neighborhood Circuit City, to watch the start of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, also known as March MadnessĀ©. They will root for Catamounts, Gaels and Salukis, even if they don't know what those things are. And they will lose money. Lots and lots of money.

Captain Dan over at Zug.com sums up the tourney's magic better than I ever could. He boils it down to three things: Gambling, Avoiding Work and Tall, Muscular Men Getting Sweaty. A sampling:

On Gambling: Gambling on the tournament is just like any other unhealthy addiction: very enjoyable. Tournament-related gambling is easily one of the most enjoyable pleasures in life, up there with non-tournament-related gambling, and monkey knife fights.

On Avoiding Work: As Woodrow Wilson so eloquently put it, "you cannot put a price on the camaraderie gained from comparing brackets with coworkers."

On Tall Muscular Men Getting Sweaty:
You'll have to see Captain Dan's article yourself for this one...

Enjoy the Madness everyone. Oh, and for the record, my Final Four: Illinois, Kansas, Duke and Washington. (One piece of advice: If you want to win, pick other teams.)

Bud Withers: Let the Drama Begin
Mike DeCourcy: 65 Points
Dan Wetzel: Bracket Breakdowns
Get Your Brackets Here!
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Nomination Madness!

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* unless you count the Washington's Nate "what's-you-talkin'-'bout" Robinson.

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Happy St. Patty's Day everybody. Remember, Green Beer only means one thing: Green Vomit.

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