The days are getting warmer, the cherry blossom trees are blooming, and I will talk, text, and tweet obsessively about basketball for the next two weeks. Not only is Spring my favorite season, it’s March Madness!
One of the things I love most about the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament is the concept of seeding. It has to be done to determine the bracket, but all that these rankings really do is create an illusion of organized chaos that results in “madness.” The first day of this year’s tourney was a great day for underdogs. A 12th-seeded team beat a 5th-seeded team, 13 beat 4, and 11 beat 6. That’s the thrill of it. Any team can win on any given day. It doesn’t matter how much better their opponent is according to the seeding. One of the first madness moments happened when Demonte Harper, of 13th-seeded Morehead State, drained a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left to upset No. 4 Louisville, 62-61. Upon learning in the huddle that the game deciding play was designed for him Harper told his coach, “I’ll make the shot.”
Do you ever feel like you’ve been seeded? It’s a fact of life that people are ranked according to past performances and perceived ability. Test scores, GPAs, and salaries are just a few examples. What are some others? Don’t let those numbers or rankings determine who you are and how successful you will be. Believe you can win despite the odds. Will you bring everything you’ve got when it’s tournament time? Will you perform in the moment©?
Coach Beverly Knight once told me that every time I step onto the court I need to clear my mind of the past and focus on giving my best performance. Otherwise, I shouldn’t even bother to lace up my shoes. Treat each day of your life like it’s March Madness. The regular season is over. Now is the time to give it your all and hold nothing back. Will you be one of the underdogs who shocks everyone with an upset?
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