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Thursday · March 18 2004

March Madness has begun. I've got two brackets which will surely finish well out of the money as I do every year in the pool. I have Stanford in one and Oklahoma State in the other, despite never having seen either team play this year. What's that line about selling a product you don't use?

An article at Slate explains the origins of "March Madness" and other NCAA tournament related terms like "Final Four" and "Sweet Sixteen".

March Madness traces back to Illinois' statewide high-school basketball tournament, which began in 1908. In 1939, an official with the Illinois High School Association, Henry V. Porter, penned an article called "March Madness" for the organization's in-house magazine. "A little March madness may complement and contribute to sanity and help keep society on an even keel," he wrote. Three years later, he followed up with a poem, "Basketball Ides of March," which read in part: "A sharp-shooting mite is king tonight/ The Madness of March is running."

This weekend is the most exciting event in all sports. I can cheer for the underdog to win a buzzer beater for 4 straight days.

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