Brad's Blurb

When March arrives, many of us automatically think of St. Patrick’s Day and the coming of spring…NOT!  We think of March as above all other things, a time for brackets, bravado, and bragging.  March Madness runs from mid-March until the end of April.  Some economists contend that this annual event costs American companies and organizations almost 2 billion a year paid to unproductive workers spending time on betting pool priorities.  In addition, the amount of money wagered has routinely exceeded the 2 billion mark.  Yet each year we are certain that this is our time to select the perfect bracket.  With over 70 million+ basketball brackets filled out, each one has a 9.2 quintillion chance of predicting the correct winners of every game.  Good luck and let the madness begin!  BTW, I have the MEAC tournament champions, N.C. Central winning it all.  The lowest seed to win a Men’s NCAA championship was a number 8 seed, Villanova, in 1985.  The lowest seed to win a Women’s NCAA championship was a number 3 seed, Tennessee, in 1997.  

Switching gears, I just recently I heard someone provide some timely advice with a March connection. BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH!  What does this saying actually mean?  The Ides of March fell on March 15.  This day was supposed to correlate with the first full moon of the year and marked by religious ceremonies, but thanks to Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar we know it for another reason.  Supposedly, in 44 BC, a seer told Julius Ceasar that his downfall would come no later than the Ides of March.  Ceasar ignored him, and when the fated day arrived, he joked with the seer, “The Ides of March have come.”  The seer replied, “aye, Ceasar; but not gone.”  Ceasar continued on to a senate meeting at the Theater of Pompey, and met his demise from as many as 60 conspirators.  I guess if someone tells you “beware of the Ides of March,” I would not take it as a friendly gesture, or someone is just trying to let you know they have read Shakespeare. 

March does have some other interesting things going on that may warrant interest.  These include; St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, the sun shining on the vernal equinox on March 20 giving us a near 50-50 split of day and night, the March 21 anniversary of Twitter’s founder Jack Dorsey’s inaugurating the social media site with his first tweet: “just setting up my twttr”, Melba Toast Day on March 23, and Easter Sunday which is on April 1.  Enjoy the rest of your March. 

Thanks for reading, Brad

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