Thank You, March Madness
Thank you, March Madness.
Thank you for saving us from ourselves, for distracting us from life’s more serious issues. Thank you for being predictably unpredictable, for being a way to forget about ourselves and our lives and get caught up in the excitement of these games, the compelling stories of teams and players and coaches.
Thank you, March Madness, for being a single elimination tournament in which when a team loses their season – and often individual basketball careers – end abruptly. This is drama. This is sadness. This is life, in a nutshell, a bunch of endings and survivals and giddiness and profound sorrow.
Each team gets promised only one game. If they lose, their season is over. Plain and simple and really rough on the losers. Each team gets one chance. If they win, they move on to live another day. Their basketball fantasies continue. They get to imagine what it would be like to win the whole thing even though they know the chances of that are small. Even the best teams don’t have a real good chance of winning the national title. It is set up for 63 teams to fail and only one to win. Almost every team in this tournament ends their season on a down note. They get defeated.
This is the beauty and the sad part of March Madness. The tournament creates conflicting emotions, some highs, and some lows. It’s all about winning one game and moving on. It’s so simple in that sense yet so difficult to cope with emotionally. One missed shot, one turnover, one bad pass could ruin the dream – and they often do. One made shot can lift a team’s spirits into the sky.
Thank you, March Madness, for occurring every year when you do. It’s been a long cold winter and we’re ready to be uplifted and go outside and feel like life is fun again. The timing of this tournament is perfect because it carries us out of winter and into spring. The tournament is a time of renewal and hope for better days, more sunshine, less snow shoveling and shivering in the cold. March Madness is the sign of life beginning again. It is like a flower blooming, grass growing again, leaves re-appearing on tree limbs. March Madness energizes our souls. It tells us things are going to get better, that there is hope up ahead. That is nice to know.
Thank you, March Madness, for being consistent. You are there for us every year without fail. We can count on you every March. You keep the beat of our lives steady. You comfort us when we’re down. You excite us. You make us emotional. You make us feel alive and part of something that America holds dear to its heart.
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