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March Madness of all sorts

March 23, 2014 - Seth Staskey
What a great weekend of sports. Obviously, there was a ton of basketball on as the NCAA men's and women's tournaments heated up. There were upsets galore, tight games and more overtime encounters than you could shake a stick at during the first two days of the tourney. Unfortunately for many area sports fans, the Ohio State Buckeyes were one of the first teams to be eliminated when they lost to sixth-seeded Dayton. It was the end of the career of Aaron Craft, who is one of the good guys in the sport of college basketball. However, the Buckeyes and their fans took some solace when the same Flyers dispatched third-seeded Syracuse Saturday night. Those are the types of stories sports fans cling toward when an upstart, Cinderella type team like Dayton gets on a roll and makes it now to the Sweet 16. There was also March Madness of another sort on much of the weekend with the Division I NCAA Wresting Championships. I've grown into quite the wrestling fan from covering the sport. It's one of those sports that doesn't get the attention it deserves nationally because many deem it a niche sport. Many of its fans are people who've grown up around it or competed in it for many years. I did neither. I've learned many of the rules of wrestling from watching it. It's simply an awesome sport. Intensity personified. It's also a sport that Ohioans compete very well in. Actually, the midwest in general competes well. The Big Ten Conference seemingly had a finalist in all 10 weight classes and Penn State won another national championship. The NCAA Division I tournament comes to Cleveland in 2018. That could be the chance for me to scratch a big item off my bucket list. Whatever your sport of choice is, enjoy the madness, while it lasts.

 
 

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Thoughtful

Mar-23-14 5:22 PM

Oh Oh, You failed to mention the 8 second and world's most thrilling event which was local this weekend..... also, you neglect to have a clear vision for the nose to tail, side by side, madness of 900 hundred horse power....

You see, College Basketball has been so dimished with the departure of undergrads to the pros that seldom do you see much consistency from year to year. Too Bad. It WAS a true sporting highlight of the year.

 
 

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