Fantabulous Friday: Make way for “Madness”!

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Only if you have been living in a cave would you not realize that we are in the time zone known as “March Madness.” The phrase does not refer to activities that might occur when thousands of college students are released from their institutions of higher learning for spring break, which also takes place in March for many schools. That is a different type of madness.

March Madness, of course, refers to the annual NCAA college basketball championship games, with most of those games occurring in March. The frenzy now has spilled over into April. The final four teams will play April 5, and the championship game occurs April 7.

My Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, and I decided to go back to the “roots” of basketball to determine how the word “basketball” became part of our language. The game of basketball began in 1891. James A. Naismith of the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Mass., created the concept of the game, which is played by two teams of players on a rectangular court with a raised “basket” or “goal” at each end.

We won’t bore you with the rules and other particulars of the sport, but the game got its name because Mr. Naismith used two, half-bushel peach baskets for the first game — nets and hoops were still unknown.

Basket + ball = BASKETBALL! The madness came later.

The Editorial Assistant and I usually don’t care much about the hoopla of the season.

But this year, we are proud.

Our University of South Carolina Lady Gamecocks are in the women’s tournament and will play their first game on Sunday, March 23. We applaud their success and that of the other teams playing in these games.

Let the madness begin!

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