NEW YORK CITY - There is no shortage of drama in this obsession called “March Madness.” Part of the madness was negotiated on Thursday. Two and a half games at Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the Atlantic Ten, then onto the subway back to Manhattan and the Big East to catch the final half of Louisville-Villanova followed by the ’holy war’ of Notre Dame-Marquette.
Drama began early in the final seconds of the A-10 opener with Richmond and Charlotte. As the day played out there wasn’t anything to match that finish. Still, there were moments which remain imbedded in our consciousness. As Louisville’s Russ Smith’s heartfelt sentiments about the recent passing of his high school coach, the legendary Jack Curran. Not to mention the intensity of Notre Dame-Marquette as the Irish want to end their Big East days by getting to Saturday night.
An added feature of March Madness is the background. The fans, the bands, cheerleaders and mascots. And a former president who took in the action at MSG. Though Butler’s cheer group informed me their current bulldog mascot “Blue” is going into retirement. Quite a record for “Blue,” who was on hand for two NCAA championship appearances. It’s all a part of March Madness and to think, there is still so much more to come. Enjoy!
Let the day begin with the subway sign at the Barclays Center stop:
A view of the Barclays Center court:
Richmond players can only remorsefully watch while Charlotte hits their technical foul free throws to advance:
Xavier coach Chris Mack ponders a few points just before tipoff:
Notre Dame's fluorescent green uniforms, literally eye openers:
The Notre Dame band:
Former President Bill Clinton strikes a pose with the Notre Dame cheerleaders: