March is a Mad, Mad, Mad month

Originally Published: March 10, 2011
By Jerry Greene | Special to Page 2


Is it a one-trick pony kind of month with little to say for itself other than the men's NCAA basketball tournament, aka March Madness? Seemingly, at least, it has little else other than the end of the regular season in the NBA and NHL, which prompts feelings of relief more than excitement.

March is no October, which pretty much has everything going on (presumably still including the NFL this year).

That's why we gave you a real challenge when we asked you to create a top 10 list of "Other Signs of March Madness" by leaving out all mention of men's basketball. (And we must point out that women's basketball did not get a single mention in your suggestions for what else of significance is going on.)

The "athlete" mentioned the most in your suggestions? That would be Charlie Sheen, who is clearly winning the month when it comes to notoriety. We thought about disqualifying him but Sheen and "March Madness" do seem to be a natural match. What else other than that basketball tournament makes us mad this month?

Let's find out:

Top 10 Other Signs of March Madness

10. "Another Met gets hurt," by Massawar A. of Queens, N.Y.

9. "Tiger Woods can't play golf," by Ben M. of Peoria, Ill.

8. "The slow realization that Bobby Cox won't be with the Braves," by Melissa B. of Fredericksburg, Va.

7. "Hearing Jim Nantz for what seems like the 1,000th time say 'A tradition unlike any other, the Masters on CBS,'" by Phil H. of Fort Worth, Texas. (The only problem is that the 2011 Masters starts April 7, but Nantz is probably practicing his famous opening line this month, so close enough.)

6. "LeBron James learns there is no crying in basketball," by Bill P. of Tualatin, Ore.

5. "You watch every second of the NFL combine and take notes while offensive linemen run 40s," by Sergio M. of Tallahassee, Fla.

4. "You lock yourself in your room for the month, researching fantasy baseball sleepers and busts," by Drew F. of New York City.

3. "Spend time happily tracking your fantasy Iditarod team," by Jack F. of Falls Church, Va.

2. "Mark Cuban and Charlie Sheen -- business partners," by Nik R. of New Delhi, India.

1. "Congratulations to Curlin and Rachel Alexandra, who are expecting a foal -- but both are banned from racing on the BYU campus," by Janice H. of Palo Alto, Calif.

See? March is "madder" than you thought.

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