I am not a fan of reality shows – except for one: March Madness
NCAA bracketology absorbs my attention for the two weeks leading up to conference tournaments. The speculation as to who will be eliminated can best be described as bubble madness.
As the conference tournaments play out, hopes are raised and dashed for teams on the bubble.
That is soon followed by the NCAA seedings, yet another cause of anxiety.
Finally, each round in the NCAA tournament is an episode in itself. There is no reprieve for failure. No best-of-seven, no consolation round…it’s just pure gut-wrenching survival with little time to enjoy success.
It has been a rollercoaster ride for my Richmond Spiders. At times during the season we looked brilliant; at other times, we shot ourselves in the foot. However, the A-10 tournament provided sweet redemption as we avenged two earlier losses to conference rivals and won the final game against old arch rival Dayton who, upset top-seeded Xavier – not an easy task.
There is a decent chance that our star forward Justin Harper could be in a Laker uniform next year. He is projected as a low first round NBA draft pick. Backcourt star Kevin Anderson could find himself in the pro ranks, too.
Our game against #24 Temple in the semifinals was a nail-biter. I watched it with my good friend and neighbor Pete Sanchez, who is a Temple grad and a community leader in Valley Village (I watched the quarterfinal game with my Spider neighbor).
Despite the tense, back-and-forth contest between the two teams, we discussed local politics as much as the game. It was almost surreal that we could detach ourselves from the TV coverage.
Pete and I are happy today as both of our teams advanced to the Big Dance.
Now I can focus on tonight’s episode of Big Love.
I would like to hear your thoughts about your favorite teams.