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My Two Cents: March Madness - Go Out Like A Lion

Auguste Roc

"You just have to tune into the last five minutes of each game."

I was talking to my friend Sal about the unbelievable NCAA tournament games that we've been watching the last few days.

It's that time of year when the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds its annual basketball tournament to decide which team is the number one college team in America. Sixty four of the best teams are invited to play several rounds of single elimination games until at the end one team will remain and be crowned champion.

Being a BIG basketball fan, I look forward to the NCAA tournament games every year and every year they deliver! This year, however, the games have been even more exceptional than usual! This exceptional quality can be attributed to the consistent manner in which the games have been ending.

"You just have to tune into the last five minutes of each game."

Each game this year has gone down to the wire because each player is convinced that "it's not over 'til it's over!"

Each game has been dependent on these last second decisions, last second shots and last chance encounters that will finally determine who wins at the end of the game.

This year the games have surpassed expectations because this year the players have fought hard and, with a refusal to just give it away by secretly giving up too soon. This year they have consistently stood their ground and fought the battle with every intention to win the crown.

I remember my high school coach saying:

"It's not what the score is at the end of the first half that matters, its what's on the board at the end of the game that counts."

The players this year seem to have figured it out:

As long as there are seconds on the clock, there is still time to play - exceptionally!

Don't be discouraged by what did or didn't happen in your first or second half. As long as you've still got game, as long as there's still time, as long as you've got breath and you're still breathing --

you could still win.

That's my two cents (for whatever it's worth),

Auguste Roc

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