The madness of March
Start prepping your brackets and polishing your silver tongue because it is that time of year.
No, it isn’t the official start of spring, although that is just around the corner. It is the official start to March Madness.
With talk of weather simmering, winter will soon make way for spring but the talk around water coolers in North Carolina is basketball.
And why wouldn’t it be?
With North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Duke, the state has plenty to talk about.
The ACC Tournament got off to a strong start Wednesday and should dominate conversation, especially Friday when the Tar Heels and Blue Devils take center stage.
For us in North Carolina, this time of year allows somewhat of an escape from the pressures of day-to-day life.
Basketball is a way of life here.
This time of year is just the zenith of that way of life.
Whether you cheer on Carolina or Duke, there will be something to talk about nearly every day leading into the NCAA National Championship.
Neither team made resolute impressions about their chances to be in the national title game but that’s not going to stop the throngs of faithful for either team believing their team will take center stage in the tournament finale.
While the upcoming wall-to-wall coverage of college basketball will inundate us, it allows us to take a break from all the negative we see.
Unemployment still hovering near 10 percent, environmental issues making national headlines and worldwide strife dominate what we see in news.
Corruption, political bickering and inaction are also headlines we see on a daily basis.
Now it is March and time for North Carolinians to shift focus on something positive … college basketball.
That doesn’t mean we suggest turning a blind eye to everything else, but this time of the season means we can take a step back, a deep breath and come together to root for our team … whomever it is.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Alex Moore, Tom Padgett and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.