This is one of my favorite times of the year.
And it’s not just because it’s finally getting warm. Although that doesn’t hurt.
But what makes this the best time of the year is March Madness.
It’s the time when the world stops (or at least my world does) and watches college basketball.
It’s the time when frustration over brackets and excitement about upsets can happen in the blink of an eye.
It’s the time when Cinderella isn’t just a Disney character.
And as excited as I am for the NCAA tournament to begin, I couldn’t help but be disappointed in the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a die hard fan.
And this was supposed to be the year — the year when Iowa finally made a run at the Big Ten title.
It didn’t happen.
Not even close.
In fact, Iowa finished as the sixth seed for the Big Ten tournament. Even Nebraska had a better seed.
I was still optimistic heading into the first round. I mean, Iowa was playing Northwestern — the 11 seed. The Hawks have beaten them by 20-plus points each time.
What could go wrong?
Well, I don’t know what happened on that Thursday night, but it wasn’t good.
As each minute ticked away, I felt worse and worse about Iowa’s chances.
By the time the final buzzer sounded, Iowa played itself out of a chance at a Big Ten tourney title.
As I write this (Friday), the NCAA Tournament brackets have not been announced. All the experts predict Iowa is safely in the tournament. I’m not so sure. But no matter what seed they get, I’m not picking Iowa to win a game.
But even with the disappointment that is Iowa, I’m not going to let that bring me down. It is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year.
And for those of you who are going to pick a bracket for the chance to win a billion dollars, good luck. I’ll be rooting for you!