Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March Madness: The Cinderella Story – Love it or Hate it?

By Zach Freihofer

We all have heard of the fairytale “Cinderella.” It’s about an unexpected girl who becomes the leader. Well, wouldn’t you like to know that we have that in our very lives today! Introducing, the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, the present-day Cinderella’s. If you do not know what I am talking about, well then you must not be a very avid sports person. During the month of March, the NCAA hosts a basketball tournament, called March Madness, where there are 64 teams that enter to become the “top dog.” People can fill out brackets, place bets, and so on. If someone does fill out a bracket all right, they win a ton of money. However, the chances of that are not in your favor, with the odd being at 1 in 9.2 quintillions, that’s a nine with 18 zeros behind it.

This year, there is an 11th seed team that no one has even heard of, unless you live there, or you go there the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers. This team has beaten the odds and has entered the Final Four of the tournament. This team has won the whole thing before, but that was back in 1963, where they won over the two-time defending champions Cincinnati Bearcats 60-58, going into overtime. Now, they can relive that moment again. They will need to get past a hot Michigan team. If they win that, they will face either Villanova or Kansas, both #1 seeds in the tournament.

Many people love the Cinderella stories from the tournament. Everyone loves the underdogs. Well, I wouldn’t want to say, everyone. Earlier today, Stephen A. Smith, an American sports television personality, sports radio host, and sports analyst had this to say about a Cinderella story team possibly being in the championship game. He states, “When it comes time for the National Championship, I want the big boys up in there as appose to a particular team who had a nice, little run.” What he is saying is that he wants to see two teams, who will battle it out and make the game entertaining, rather than a Cinderella team go up against the best team in the nation.

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