Enjoy March, The Best Month In All Of Sports
Bowl season claims to be "the most wonderful time of the year," but it has nothing on March. It's sports heaven for an entire month.
Don't get me wrong, football season is great. Sitting down on Saturdays and Sundays with nachos and a fresh brewski is awesome, but the month of March takes being a fan to another level. College basketball is entering conference tournaments, which roll right into the big dance. Meanwhile, you have baseball and softball underway here in Cajun country, which always creates a buzz. You have walk-offs and no-hitters competing with buzzer beaters and Cinderella stories, and every sports fan wins.
The drama of March Madness is historically chronicled and undeniable. It's the crack of collegiate sports. Once you get a taste, you start itching anytime you get close to it again.
March requires an almost ADHD approach to sports. The more you can ingest, the better. At any point in time this month, you can find me watching different games on my TV, laptop, tablet and smart device...all at the same time. If you tune the dials right, you can catch a double-overtime basketball game while listening to your favorite team in extra innings. Sports bars just have to turn on the TV's, and the games pop up one after another.
Also, March is one of the only times you're allowed to gamble at work, and boy isn't that fun!
Who doesn't love proving they're smarter than Stan in accounting? Print out those brackets, fill them out and proceed to acquire bragging rights. Become the water cooler king. Make Sandra in the copy room think about sneaking behind HR's back to meet you for quesadillas and margaritas, which you can buy with your earnings from making brilliant bracket choices. Just don't let that one person who doesn't even watch basketball win...because they always seem to ruin everybody's fun...
(Winner: "I just picked UCONN because my sister has a husky, and it's SO CUTE!"
Me: "Leave. Now.")
If you don't fill out brackets, it almost makes the tournament more fun. Instead of rooting for your 5-12 upset, you get to sit back and enjoy the overwhelming amount of amazing basketball games thrown in your face. I've heard it's actually a refreshing experience, but you won't see me participating in that hands-off approach. Madness is for embracing, in my books.
If you're REALLY not a basketball fan, March still has plenty for you. Fond of the diamond sports? If so, the world is your oyster.
Right about this time every year, the seasons start turning to spring, the flowers open up and the weather begs you to head out to the ballpark. Luckily, here in Lafayette the product is always solid and the weather warms up sooner rather than later. You can walk outside in March and literally feel that it's baseball (or softball) season, and your weekends can be spent either at Lamson Park or The Tigue, soaking in the sun and watching some of the best coached players in the country.
It's the perfect time to start working on that ballpark tan. Bring the spf 50, unless you like wearing your tanlines with a reason. After all, we are closer to bikini season as well...
March is the sports version of Spring Break. The weather is perfect, the party is nonstop, and everyone is invited. Don't believe me? Look at some of the parallels.
At Spring Break, you see young men and women (some not so young) let loose, drink a couple beers and not care who sees them doing it. For the same experience, just head to Section A at The Tigue...but don't say you haven't been warned. Also at Spring Break, there's always that one person in your group that gets a little too emotional and ends up crying in the corner. March Madness always gives us a lasting image of fans in the pits of misery, like poor piccolo girl. Then, there's a huge party with a bunch of people you've never met. It's for this reason I believe March Madness should be in New Orleans every year, and may God save all of our souls.
The best part about March? You don't even have to leave the comforts of your couch to enjoy it.
After speaking about all the wonders of nature to take in, the couch potato route seems a bit like a cop out for lazy people. I won't be a hater though. What if you have allergies and can't stand the pollen invasion in the Spring? Don't worry, the internet has you covered. Just put every smart device you have in front of you, and tune them into different games. If being antisocial is your thing, you don't even have to leave the house this March. Just order takeout and stay in your sports cave. It might not be the healthiest choice, but it's America. You sail your own ship into whatever promised land you desire, even if it involves Hot Pockets and cheap beer.
Whatever way you choose to enjoy the Month of March, just please don't complain that you're bored. With college baseball and softball, women's and men's hoops entering the tournament and the NBA approaching playoff time, that's your own fault if you can't get into the swing of things. You must just not like sports.