I absolutely live for March Madness. Even though my team hasn’t been going dancing consistently over the past couple of years, there’s nothing more exciting to me than filling out my bracket and watching as the mayhem plays out. Dez Williams who plays for the Maryland Terrapins recently said “the beauty of college basketball is anyone can be beaten…That’s something that really makes the tournament so interesting to watch,” and THAT’S SO TRUE! This season it seems that every week the #1 team is getting beaten by the underdog meaning that no one’s ranking is safe! I bet the games and normal 6/11 and 8/9 upsets aren’t the only ones we’ll be getting. Man – just writing this post is getting me pumped up!
I know by the time you’re reading this the games have already gotten underway, but perhaps in the spare hours where you’re taking a break or when there’s no game on, why not try to relax, check in on all of your pools, and listen to some audiobooks.
My first suggestion comes to you by way of the Tennesse Women Vols. Listen to this: Pat Summitt has won more games than any NCAA team in basketball history. She has coached an undefeated season, co-captained the first women’s Olympic team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and has been named Sports Illustrated ‘Sportswoman of the Year’. So amazing, right? In her newest book SUM IT UP, Pat talks about her victories, her resilience and the diagnosis that changed her life: Alzheimer’s. Truly an inspirational listen, Pat Summitt reminds everyone that overcoming obstacles is just a matter of with hard work, perseverance, and a sense of humor.
I know I’m not alone in my admiration of Charles Barkley – guy is seriously hilarious, and I take pride in knowing even my bracket fared better than his last year – so take a listen to his book I MAY BE WRONG BUT I DOUBT IT. Barkley reads it himself (and I don’t have a clip for this so just take some time to hear that in your head), and addressees his need for open conversation about well… EVERYTHING! Sir Charles has never been shy about his opinion, and has little fear for consequences. With this book, he’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you think and well… that’s really all you want from a book, right?
Mark Titus holds the Ohio State record for career wins, and made it to the 2007 national championship game, so why don’t you know who he is? In DON’T PUT ME IN COACH, Titus recounts his years as a walk-on benchwarmer, and gives us fans a look behind the locker room doors of NCAA Basketball. Seriously a perfect read for this time of year, take a listen and try not to laugh out too much - you might miss another joke.
So here’s the plan: minimzie the three windows you have open on your computer, and mute the TV. Make sure you have snacks available and press play one of the three titles above. You’ll love these stories almost as much as you’ll love watching Duke get bounced out of the tournament early.
Oh wait. Sorry — there’s nothing better than watching Duke lose.