Over the next four weeks there will be moments on the basketball court where a player becomes a hero, maybe even a legend (certainly at their school) for making a game winning shot or play that keeps their team alive in the tournament.
It’s called “Madness” for a reason. And there is nothing else like it in sports. Small schools shocking powerhouses; little used players rising to an occasion beyond comprehension; stars failing, new stars shining; and so much action it now takes four networks to keep track of the rapidly changing situations.
March is the month for taking chances and taking stands. Underdogs become top dogs in seconds.
It is not limited to the court. In the cage over the next few days fighters have the opportunity to achieve that specialness of hitting big shots of their own. This Saturday at UFC 185, there are some classic showdowns of those who are champs, those poised for their biggest chance, those on the rebound, and those with something to prove.
Rafael Dos Anjos could walk away with a UFC belt if he upsets one of the more formidable champs Anthony Pettis. It’s an intriguing match. Dos Anjos is on a roll, and Pettis even fighting through injuries is still one of the most exciting fighters, period.
Carla Esparza the one and only UFC strawweight champ defends her title for the first time against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, in a division that could be wide open.
Heavyweights Roy Nelson, who has lost 3 of 4, and Alistar Overeem, who has dropped 3 of 5, square off in what is must win time for each big man.
Former welterweight strap holder Johny Hendricks could be a win away from a third go at champ Robbie Lawler, but fifth ranked Matt Brown could also punch his ticket to title contention with a win.
Next week’s UFC Fight Night features unbeaten welterweight Ryan LaFlare (11-0, 4-0 UFC) ranked 15th in the class with a statement shot against veteran Demian Maia, who once fought Anderson Silva for the middleweight crown at UFC 112.
There could be last second heroics, stunning upsets, or solidifying victories. March is sports madness everywhere.
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