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Subject: [Leica] Not cricket
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 07:33:42 +0200
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I know about March Madness, Larry, was just trying to enlighten the  
Australians ;-)

In fact, my alma mater (the most significant of the 3 I have, anyway)  
won both the final 4 and the football championship in recent years.

And the kind of hatred between in-state rivals is very much what I  
experienced at Florida, with Florida State and University of Miami as  
the main enemies.


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain


On Apr 6, 2009, at 8:26 PM, Lawrence Zeitlin wrote:

> On Apr 6, 2009, at 1:08 PM, Nathan wrote:
>> They are talking about an obscure American sport that is not  
>> cricket ;-)
> Definitely not cricket. "March Madness" is an affliction that hits  
> US basketball fans every spring. The champions and runners up of  
> each major college association play each other in an elimination  
> tournament. Sixty four teams start, one finishes. To win, a team  
> must defeat every opponent. That's six straight wins against  
> comparably skilled teams. It is similar to the UEFA Champions soccer  
> playoff except that the basketball event is compressed into a few  
> weeks rather than half a year. By the end of the event, basketball  
> fans are virtual lunatics, watching favored teams triumph or fall.  
> Loyalties are transferred from team to team as the contest  
> continues, culminating in the final playoff. The final teams pitted  
> against each other are Michigan State, from economically depressed  
> Detroit and North Carolina. The Carolina team is technically  
> superior. In a game last December it beat Michigan State by 36  
> points. But the Michigan team seems to have high motivation on its  
> side and carries the hope of its community. A classic sports  
> matchup, sort of David and Goliath like.
> My comment that UM hates MS refers to the fact that the state of  
> Michigan has two major colleges, the University of Michigan, a semi  
> elite college in the affluent city of Ann Arbor, and Michigan State,  
> a more working class oriented college in the grungy city of Detroit.  
> They have been athletic rivals for as long as I can remember. Still  
> both come from Michigan, which in the strange logic of the March  
> Madness, makes fans favor them over North Carolina. The odds are  
> against them though.
> Larry Z
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