King, Francine, The Florida Times Union
Byline: Francine King, The Times-Union
Ask any college basketball junkie -- or even a casual fan -- what his favorite month is and you'll get a single answer:
Well, folks, it's finally here.
March Madness officially began Sunday night with the announcement of the NCAA Tournament bracket.
The politics are over.
Gone are the polls, computers and that dirty, three-letter acronym -- B-C-S.
Thursday it will be down to 64 teams with one goal and six chances to decide their own fate.
No campaigning. Everything's decided on the court. And every team knows: lose one and they're done.
And that's how it should be.
Come April 5 there will be no doubt which is the best team in Division I, because that team will have an undeniable win streak that proves it has earned the title:
2005 NCAA champion.
CAJUNS AND GOPHERS AND GAELS, OH MY
MY FAVORITE MASCOT
These are our five favorite mascots represented in the NCAA Tournament:
1. Ragin' Cajuns***Louisiana-Lafayette
2. Golden Gophers***Minnesota