I like sports. I’m a huge baseball fan. I love the Olympics. I love the NBA (especially the playoffs) and almost every other thing I’m supposed to. I like football.
But March Madness just doesn’t do it for me. I’m also not one of those people that can spend entire Saturdays watching college football. I don’t think it’s just because I went to a D III school (Go Bears!). I think it’s the ubiquity of these things that riles me. I never find myself minding baseball’s omnipresence in its season, but I also don’t spend entire days watching those games and don’t flip between three ESPNs desperately seeking my usual programming in vain. It feels like every bracket on the guide grid this month says “College Basketball.”
I start paying attention when it’s down to sixteen because that’s when the narratives get especially interesting. I know that means I’ll always miss out on the ultimate sports narrative, the Cinderella performance, but I’m fine with that when it comes to this tournament. Always have been. Clearly, the athletes and coaches are all top competitors and I respect what they do all season. I’m just not invested. Sports fans, you tell me: what am I missing?