If you’re a sports fan, it’s Christmas in March. Our favorite time of year is finally here, March Madness and the beginning of the NCAA Tournament. From sunup to sundown this weekend, we’ll be living and breathing college basketball. Mixed in with a little work here and there, and the occasional adult beverage now and then. It’s a great time to enjoy life, and we’re counting down the Top 11 reasons we love March Madness. On to the list.
11. It’s an excuse to slack off. Unless you work under a complete slavedriver, even your boss is into the Tourney. That means, while you have to at least feign concern for your job, you don’t really have to be all that engaged in the business of the office for at least a few hours on the next three Thursdays and Fridays. For most of us, it’s like a five-day weekend. Which is why March Madness leads to a ridiculous drop in corporate production on an annual basis.
10. The announcing. For those of us treated to the bungling missteps of regional television broadcasters (FSN) most of the year, the voices of the big-time national announcers are the absolute icing on our cake during March. No, you might not like all of CBS’s game-callers, but you have to admit they do a much better job than the folks you’re used to hearing. And who can resist a Bill Raftery “Send it in, big fella!” now and again?