March Madness (NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament)
Dotson’s note: I was an active participant in the spectacle for 22 years. That participation included all sorts of activities, including being at 22 years of “final four” games. I have been asked many times regarding the special happenings that I remember during this almost quarter century of high level college basketball. There are many things that stand out, I am thinking seriously about writing a book. In the meantime, the following are updates to prepare you for the spectacle. To me, the “Final Four” is a bigger happening than the “Super Bowl.” Here are a couple of items of interest about the “2014 Big Dance.”
Updates for the 2014 “Big Dance.”
“Warren Buffett Offers $1 Billion for Perfect March Madness Bracket”
This was the headline story before the tournament started. As of 8 PM Friday, March 22, 2014 there were zero brackets left that had a chance to win. Too bad, wait until next year…what a great marketing gimmick by “Quicken Loans.”
Warren Buffett had tongues wagging about basketball. The billionaire, who ranks 4th on Forbes list of top billionaires, with an estimated worth of $53 billion, made you an offer: he’ll give you $1 billion for a perfect March Madness bracket. The 1 billion payoff was guaranteed by “Quicken Loans.” If you would like to take a look at the website here is the link: http://www.quickenloans.com/press-room/2014/quicken-loans-partners-with-yahoo-sports-to-launch-its-billion-dollar-bracket-challenge
I sent in my bracket, hope you did also. I decided that after I won, I would take the $500 Million cash payout. After collecting, I was planning the best “hoop it up party,” the Island (North Padre) has ever seen. I suggested that if I didn’t win and you did, I expected an invitation from you to your party. I was OK on the “First Four,” but in the “First Round” when Ohio State lost to Dayton I was gone. How far did you get?
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship
AT&T Stadium-Arlington, TX (Jerry World)
The NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States, currently featuring 68 college basketball teams, to determine the national championship of the major college basketball teams. The tournament, organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), was created during 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was the idea of Ohio State University coach Harold Olsen. Played mostly during March, it is known informally as March Madness or the Big Dance, and has become one of the most famous annual sporting events in the United States. The NCAA has credited Bob Walsh of the Seattle Organizing Committee for starting the March Madness celebration during 1984. Peggy & I were there…great party!
The tournament teams include champions from 32 Division I conferences (which receive automatic bids), and 36 teams which are awarded at-large berths. These "at-large" teams are chosen by an NCAA selection committee in a nationally televised event on the Sunday preceding the First Four play-in tournament, currently held in Dayton, Ohio, and dubbed “Selection Sunday”. I participated in this meeting for a number of years…talk about pressure!
The 68 teams are divided into four regions and organized into a single elimination "bracket", which predetermines, when a team wins a game, which team it will face next. Each team is "seeded", or ranked, within its region. After an initial four games between eight lower-ranked teams, the tournament occurs during the course of three weekends, at pre-selected neutral sites around the United States. Lower-ranked teams are placed in the bracket against higher ranked teams. Each weekend eliminates three quarters of the teams, from a round of 64, to a "Sweet Sixteen", and for the last weekend of the Tournament a Final Four; the Final Four will be played the first weekend in April. These four teams, one from each region, then compete in one location for the national championship, with the championship played April 7th. The next round (the Sweet Sixteen) starts Thursday, March 27th. Don’t miss a dribble; stay glued to both your radio & TV.
See You in Arlington-April 5th & 7th, 2014
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Hang in there!