"Beware the Ides of March" and "March Madness" are two terms you will use this month even if you are not sure what they mean.
"Beware the Ides of March" is all Shakespeare's fault. If he had not used it as the day Julius Caesar was assassinated in his play called, you know, "Julius Caesar," we would never use that phrase. Do you even know what the Ides of March is?
The 15th of March. That's it. The Romans could never do anything the easy way. The 15th of May, July and October also is the Ides of those months, while the 13th is the Ides of the other months.
Now that's a stupid calendar.
But what about "March Madness?" Of course we generally use it as our favorite cliche when talking about the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament which begins this year in Dayton on, wait for it, the Ides of March.
But what else could we be talking about when we say "March Madness?" That's what we want from you this week -- other sporting situations that could be called "March Madness." Surely there are things going on right now in the NBA, baseball's spring training, golf, NASCAR racing and, yes, the NFL work-stoppage debate that could be called madness. Doesn't it often seem as if we are surrounded by madness and mad men? Mad women, too.
That's the list for this week: "Top 10 Other Examples of Sports' March Madness."
Give it your best shot (or shots) and send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org -- including your first name, initial of your last name and your location in order to achieve minor fame when we publish the list here Thursday. You have until noon Wednesday to stretch your imagination.
After all, aren't we all mad about something?