Essay March Madness

1388 Words Apr 28th, 2014 6 Pages
April Evan Coulter
Mr. Gattozzi
GSW 1110-102L: Final RD
April 10, 2014
The Maddest March Yet March is one of the craziest, fun-filled, exciting months of the year, especially for people who love basketball. St. Patrick’s Day arrives, the warmth is just starting to come back; but that is not the best part, it’s all the March Madness. The NCAA Basketball Tournament brings happiness, laughter and upsets to some people and teams. Every Division 1 Basketball team in the country plays to eventually make it to the Sweet Sixteen on the bracket, in hopes of being the new NCAA Basketball Champions. Some teams struggle, while others come out on top. “The Game That Saved March Madness” written by Sean Gregory, Time staff writer who has been
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For the first twelve years, there were only 8 active teams. The tournament started to increase in popularity and gained over 60 teams within 3 decades (Gregory and Wolff). They also explain how in 1989, the game between Georgetown and Princeton “saved” March Madness, and slowly but surely became the most popular sporting event, right behind the Super Bowl. Before 1989, the March Madness tournament was starting to become predictable, and there was a real controversy concerning teams with low rankings being involved in the tournament because they would have “no chance” of winning a title. Gregory and Wolff say “A St. Patrick's Day audience, then the largest ever for a college basketball game on a young network called ESPN, was going to see a 16th seed--the lowest in the tournament--beat a No. 1 for the first time”. Before this game, no one in college basketball had witnessed this happen. Bob Scrabis, the senior captain of the Princeton Tigers basically changed the game forever. Princeton, being the lowest ranked team in tournament, gave Georgetown a run for their money. With one second left in the game and down one point, Scrabis took the shot of lifetime, but missed. Even though the Tigers did not beat the number one seeded Georgetown Hoyas, they proved that any team, ranked low or high, could provide the entertainment of a good game and possibly future upsets. When basketball fans read this, they learn the background of one the most notorious sporting events that caused

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