March Madness Essay

1812 words - 8 pages

Every March college basketball fans and million alike anxiously await the start of the NCAA tournament. For a three week period from the middle of March to the beginning of April the entire country is engulfed in college basketball’s premier event. The tournament consists of 68 of the best teams in the game all competing for one title, NCAA National Champions. Colleges and Universities all across the country compete bringing students, alumni, and fans alike all carefully watching, waiting for that one bracket breaking upset or spectacular buzzer beater. It is truly the one sporting event that draws the attention of the entire nation. Although many people may argue that the NCAA tournament and March Madness is just another sporting event, it is a widely popular competition that is viewed by millions of fans and even non-sport viewers year after year.
One aspect that draws millions of people’s attention to the NCAA tournament each year is trying to predict the outcome of the event through the making of a bracket. Groups of people all over the country create pools and bet on who has filled out the most accurate bracket. Whether it is a pool at work, a high school basketball team, or just a group of friends everyone gets involved and competes to have the best bracket. This creates a fun and attractive experience that people want to get involved with, drawing viewers from all over the country. Also, fans are not only restricted to one bracket each year. They can fill out as many brackets and join as many pools or competitions as possible. They could have one for a pool at work, another with friends at school, and a third with their family for bragging rights only. The fun doesn’t end there though. Fans can also join bracket competitions for free through websites like ESPN and CBS sports. These competitions are massive and usually reward the winner with some kind of prize. Last year, Craig Glimore, a normal American sports fan filled out a bracket on ESPN.com. Little did he know, he had filled out the highest scoring bracket out of the 8.3 million contestants entered. He was rewarded with a $10,000 gift card to Best Buy all for filling out one free bracket online. It is for reasons like these that the filling out of brackets draws millions of viewers to the tournament each year. Whether for entering a pool at work, a purely fun competition at home, or competing against millions for the chance at that one grand prize, millions are drawn to the event each year. Along with brackets, the chance of major upsets grabs the attentions of fans each March.
Upsets are an inevitable happening in the NCAA tournament that draws even more attention to the competition. Every year a top seeded team goes down early and completely unexpected. It is especially exciting when fans of smaller or lower ranked schools get to see these upsets. The school’s students and fans are usually already overly excited that their team gets to play in the tournament. Although they may...

Find Another Essay On March Madness

Shakespeare's Use of Madness as a Theme in King Lear

2548 words - 10 pages .). Curiosities of Literature. Tom O' Bedlams. Retrieved March 30, 2014, from http://www.spamula.net/col/archives/2005/11/tom_o_bedlams_1.html Dunckel, J. (2003, December 9). The Necessity of Reasonable Madness in King Lear. MADNESS AND KING LEAR. Retrieved March 30, 2014, from http://www.stjohns-chs.org/english/shakespeare/STUDENTPAPERS/JESS.html Harvard University Library. (04, 23 09). Humoral theory. Retrieved from http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu

They're All Mad Here: A Literary Comparission of The Fall of the House of Usher and The Masque of the Red Death

2346 words - 10 pages Russell Forbes American Literature Compare/Contrast Poe 27 March 2014 They’re All Mad Here: A Literary Comparison of “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Masque of the Red Death” Internationally known romantic author Edgar Allan Poe has always represented darkness, madness, and death in his stories. With these representations, Poe must provide this mood for the reader to become engulfed in the madness. In his tale “The Fall of the House

Changing Of The Times

1034 words - 4 pages "Madness, marriage, or death" are portrayed as the only options available to female characters in most works of literature. These recurring themes are the result of a long history of men being held in more important and flexible roles than women. In the past women were only allowed to become housewives and were expected to take care of their husbands - expectations that are mirrored in books such as Pride and Prejudice and Little Women. These

Compare Foucault’s Treatment of the Insane with that of Goffman’s on Asylums

1654 words - 7 pages analysis of three qualitative strategies for marketing research."European journal of Marketing 39, no. 3/4 (2005): 294-308. Haralambos, Michael and Martin Holborn.Sociology: Themes and Perspectives. Harper Collins, 2010“ Madness ,the Absence of Work” . Foucault Michel , Stastny Peter , SengelDeniz ,1995 University of Chicago Press , Vol.21; no2. Weinstein, Raymond M. "Goffman’s asylums and the social situation of mental patients." Orthomolecular Psychiatry 11, no. 4 (1982): 267-274. "Michel Foucault - Biography." Michel Foucault. http://www.egs.edu/library/michel-foucault/biography/ (accessed March 28, 2014).

John Sharpe Brutally Murders Wife and Daughter

908 words - 4 pages ). Speargun killer John Sharpe’s elaborate deceit and murder of his pregnant wife and toddler Gracie shocked Melbourne. Available: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/speargun-killer-john-sharpes-elaborate-deceit-and-murder-of-his-pregnant-wife-and-toddler-gracie-shocked-melbourne/story-fni0ffnk-1226847897153.Last accessed 9th March 2014 Healey, K. (2006). A real madness washed over me': killer John Myles Sharpe. Available: http

The Gary Valvers Cartoon

1155 words - 5 pages ," and "Japan," then it shows a very happy and proud President Obama with his bracket set up and filled out with the march madness college basketball teams saying, "Here's what you've all been waiting for...My NCAA picks." The important person is president Obama, and there is the American flag in behind the President. Gary uses humor, caricature, and speech balloons in his comic. Humor by addressing the situation in this format. Caricature used

g g h h gcugjhkhjiu h h iu giu g ghhg hg ghk hj hj hj kj j jk h h h h ,jhkg jkg kjh kjh kj ghjghj g hj g jk g j hkj hkj h j gh kjgh kj jy,hjgkgfkjh g hjghjg hg hghjgk j gfkyugt kiygt yugt yuy...

767 words - 3 pages and debate with you guys.How often can you promote (get us likes)? At what rate, do you promote?So far, I've already gotten about 65 likes? I'm a huge fan of your page (admin or not) and I love to spread the joy it gives to me! I will promote as much as I can! PS. Just got another likeYOU MUST PROMOTE RAPIDLY IF YOU WAN'T TO BE ADMIN.I'll try my bestCould you/do you cover "March Madness"? College Basketball?March Madness is one of my favorite

College Athletes: Why They Should be Paid

1615 words - 6 pages . When that is done they have a mandatory team study hall and watch film. This is then followed by an evening practice and lifting session. They do that 6 days a week for the whole year. These athletes have all the class work and studying of every other student but they also have hours of practice, travel time to away games plus game time added on. In college athletics there are lots of injuries. During March Madness earlier this year, Louisville

Reality and Illusion in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Appearance and Reality

1323 words - 5 pages , the clowns speak of Ophelia’s death as a suicide. Does Ophelia, as it appears, absent-mindedly set foot too far into the murky waters and, held down by her heavy garments, meets with her untimely death? Or, does she, mad with grief caused by Hamlet's "insanity" and her father's death, willingly march to her muddy grave? Another example occurs when Laertes, Ophelia's brother, and King Claudius devise the Triple-Pronged plan. They set up a duel

Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Reality of Appearances

1321 words - 5 pages foot too far into the murky waters and, held down by her heavy garments, meets with her untimely death? Or, does she, mad with grief caused by Hamlet's "insanity" and her father's death, willingly march to her muddy grave? Another example occurs when Laertes, Ophelia's brother, and King Claudius devise the Triple-Pronged plan. They set up a duel between Hamlet and Laertes. Since both young men are presumably using bated swords, this confrontation

Should Athletes be paid?

1599 words - 7 pages The NCAA makes more than a billion dollars during March Madness each year due to all the sponsors and other advertising. College Athletes need to be paid because an average they practice up to five days a week during the season and also have lots of training in the offseason. Plus they have to attend school every day which gives college athletes no time to actually have a full functioning job to be able to buy groceries and other expenses

Similar Essays

A Method To Madness Hamlet By William Shakespeare

731 words - 3 pages with many wrongdoings. Insanity is a mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior. Shakespeare has made Hamlet feign madness in this revenge tragedy. Hamlet clearly did not suffer from insanity. Hamlet's deceiving ability led many a person to believe that it was really true.(9) Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. III. i. 58BibliographyShakespeare, William. The tragedy of Hamlet-Prince of DenmarkToday's Psychology, March '93 issue

Madness In Post War Us Writing Essay

2049 words - 8 pages : Penguin 2011) Kerouac, J. "Aftermath: The Philosophy of the Beat Generation" Esquire magazine (March 1958) Lindsberg, G. The Confidence Man in American Literature (Oxford UP, 1982) Lowell, R. Life Studies (London: Faber 1978) Morgan, B. I Celebrate Myself: The Somewhat Private Life of Allen Ginsberg. (Penguin, 2006) Sass, L.A. Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature, and Thought. (Harvard University Press, 1994) Simpson, L.A.M., A revolution in Taste: Studies in Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath and Robert Lowell (London: Macmilan, 1978) Waldan, A. (editor), Ginsberg A. (foreword), The Beat Book (Shambhala Boston, 2007)

The Spleen Essay

2282 words - 9 pages continuously occupies the mind. To understand why the subject in The Spleen is able to account vividly for a sublime experience, the spleen symbolizes madness, depression, and imagination, and this unique mixture produces dullness. It should be noted that madness and depression are mental diseases with juxtaposing characteristics. Madness is erratic, unpredictable, and absurd; whereas, depression is despondent, misery, and sorrow. Interestingly, Finch

"A Rose For Emily" By William Faulkner: Literary Analysis

650 words - 3 pages If you found out that your friend or relative killed people to keep them around, kept rotting bodies in their own bed, and slept next to rotting bodies at night, would you feel secure? Most normal people, as well as many doctors of the mind would tell you that this is abnormal behavior, practiced by a very small percentage of people, and that this would could be called madness for many reasons, and be on the level of needing serious help to cure