March Madness Is The Last Great Pure And Unifying Event In America

Sunday marked the official launch ofMarch Madness. I know this because I suddenly, instinctively suspended all urgent cares in order to ascertain which of the 345 Division I NCAA men’s basketball programs made thewatered down tournament field of 68. Over the course of the next three weeks, in a series of heart-stopping single-elimination games, these 68 teams will be whittled down to an eventual national champion.

If the previous paragraph makes no sense to you, I am very sorry, but I simply have no time to explicate. You see, by 9AM Thursday EST, my NCAA “brackets” must be “filled out.” A bracket is a game-by-game breakdown of who will win each tournament contest. Trying to explain the obsessive-compulsive attention I place on “picking” each bracket (a rigorous, esoteric, low-brow pseudo-science known as “bracketology”) will only further sink my standing in the eyes of those who look to me as an evangelist for higher academic pursuits. Moreover, revealing the depth and breadth of my obsession (ten websites, four daily newspapers, many hours of TV and radio speculation) will surely damage my fragile stature as the business of education commentator for the illustrious Forbes brand, er, “platform. James Marshall Crotty – Forbes – Click To Read More…