The dictionary on my computer says another word for madness is obsession. And I'm thinking the madness occurring here in Kentucky right now with the NCAA men's Division 1A college basketball tournament very well be could considered obsession. Blue face paint, oversized UK earrings and ragged UK car flags are sure signs that March is here.
Overnight, average basketball fans turn into experts. They quote statistics on every team playing in the tournament and offer brilliant analyses why or why not each squad made it past the first round. Everyone from timid middle-aged women to sports savvy executives can be overheard saying things like, "Gonzaga is looking strong this year," or "How did NC State make it this far?" And a less sports-minded person might not understand something as insightful as, "By the end of the game, their legs were gone."
University of Kentucky fans in particular rise to the occasion. They, or should I say we, begin our annual lambasting of Coach K., Billy Packer and John Clogherty. These men, for the benefit of those watching ER or West Wing, are the Duke University coach, an anti-UK sportscaster, and an anti-UK referee, respectively, though not necessarily respectfully.