The Madness of March
March 26, 2011
For your viewing pleasure, here’s a fond memory of the 2008 KU Championship. Yes, this blog is about basketball, but there's history here too.
I am a huge basketball fan. The biggest - if I do say so myself. Maybe, this is because I hail from an indomitable basketball school, KU. I have noticed that a few Missourians do feel the same, but we won’t mention names for fear of retribution. As a basketball fan, I love this time of year. Not just for KU, but for all the other wonderful teams that play. It is fun to watch good basketball. Over time however, I’ve found myself curious to know where the term March Madness came from. It turns out, it was a man from Illinois named H.V. Porter who first coined the term in 1939 for the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), but it was not until 1996 that the NCAA and the IHSA actually dual-use trademarked the term. Brent Musberger is widely regarded as the sportscaster who brought the term March Madness into common use in the 1980’s. March Madness has now grown to imply not only the NCAA tournament, but all the other tournaments during the month. The Big Dance, another term common to the time, more specifically relates to the NCAA tournament. Hopefully, this information will help entertain your friends and family during the tournament (and while you cheer on the Jayhawks...wishful thinking?). For everyone else who does not find college basketball as entertaining as I do, I am really sorry your shows aren't new.
Blue Springs North Branch