March Madness: A Return to Normalcy That Guarantees Pandemonium
March has arrived, and that means it’s tournament time. It seems absurd that it has already been 12 months since the pandemic robbed us of the basketball heaven that is March Madness (among other things).
For those of us who suffered even more in quarantine due to the absence of 12-5 upsets, buzzer-beaters and bracket-busting Cinderella stories, the fast-approaching Selection Sunday (March 14) is a beacon of hope. The return of the tournament not only promises a level of excitement that the seven-game series of the pros cannot deliver but also represents a return to a semblance of normal life, at least in the sports world.
The one-and-done format allows for just about anything to happen, and year after year we see mid-major programs knocking off Blue Bloods like it’s their job. However, I will attempt to help those looking for some last-minute bracket advice with some insights on who is a real contender, a pretender and a dark horse in this year’s tournament...