Each year as the calendar turns to March, sports fans all over the United States become focused on NCAA March Madness. March Madness is a month-long celebration of basketball that anyone can enjoy, even if you aren’t normally a fan of college sports. Every March the percentage of pizza orders across the United States increases by 19% because of all the March Madness viewing parties. So, plan your party and fill out your bracket because every March means March Madness!
March Madness - History
The first ever men’s NCAA tournament is held.
Ladies Get Involved
The NCAA holds its first women’s national March Madness tournament.
March Madness is Born
The phrase “March Madness” is used in reference to the NCAA tournament for the first time by CBS broadcaster Brent Musburger.
Adding More Schools
The current 68 team format is implemented for the men’s NCAA March Madness tournament.
March Madness Activities
1. Throw a viewing party
March Madness means parties. With games being played all month long just pick a date when your favorite team is playing and invite some friends over to watch the game. Many fans will prepare basketball or college-themed food and drinks or decorate with basketball themed decorations.
2. Fill out a bracket
No March Madness celebration is complete without brackets. Usually filled out among offices or groups of friends, brackets are a great way to make March Madness even more interesting. March Madness is unpredictable, so sometimes the strangest predictions can come true!
3. Pick a team and watch the games
Watching the games is an important part of celebrating March Madness. Pick a team to root for and join in on the fun, before you know it you will be cheering along with millions of other fans.
Why We Love March Madness
A. Underdog stories
Who doesn’t love an underdog story? March Madness utilizes a seeding system that sets the stage perfectly each year for an underdog to upset a highly ranked team. Even if you aren’t an avid fan of college sports or basketball it is easy to root for a team that no one saw coming.
B. School spirit
March Madness is great opportunity to rekindle some passion for your old alma mater. With so many teams involved in the men’s and women’s tournaments, odds are you’ve either attended or have some type of connection with at least one school in the tournament. Dust off that old college sweater and support your school!
C. Its single elimination
One of the most exciting aspects of March Madness is its single elimination format. Each team is playing for their lives in the tournament so every game matters. Even if you aren’t familiar with any of the schools playing in the tournament, it is easy to get invested when every game feels like the finals.