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Madness and a Tranquil Day


Wow, its March 6th and this is my first reference to March Madness. No sense getting hyped to early. Lots of energy will be expended this month. We love the madness. Its only 14 days 18 hours and 22 minutes away by the Countdown to First Tip-off Clock I found online. Actually it was on a page I was looking at for the history of the tourney and it was in the upper right corner.

Photo by Mike Hartley

I caught the madness bug back in the mid 1960’s. When UCLA started its run. And then Lefty came to Maryland and swore to make the Terps the UCLA of the East. He gave it a great run. College ball is so much fun to watch. You don’t get the spirit and excitement at the pro game unless its playoffs and then its a bunch of rich people who don’t know how to get excited.

When you see student sections standing the whole game. You see them doing coordinated dances and songs. Wearing school colors by sections. And of course going totally ape s__t when they win. One thing that does bother me is all the big shots with the big money and the best seats aren’t using them often.

I was just thinking about how much more I write in the blog than I intended when I set out. Little did I know there was a writer caged inside this skull. And it is something I’ve come to enjoy. Of course on the other side of the coin by doing this I’ve exposed myself to the old adage of “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed but I’m plugging away at it. And one day I’ll hopefully have a lot more wonderful images to go along with the random banter.

Random Thoughts of the Day

The word “Jeopardy” took on a whole new meaning today. Best of luck Alex.

I saw my sister for the first time in quite some time and it was good.

I’m seeing each day as an opportunity greater than the one before it.

(%@Y%@#$@*&  – Sorry I was just COLD.

It’s already been proven over and over, there are people above the law. And there is a good chance we will see this played out again. I don’t like it and it pisses me off.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

2 thoughts on “Madness and a Tranquil Day

  1. I too totally enjoy college basketball. The school spirit is infectious. We had a family business in College Park Md., just down the street from the Univ. of Maryland. The college spirit was present in most all the businesses in town. In fact you could run into some of the athletes and spark up a conversation. Its fun to see these very young men compete on the top level of college sports. We enjoyed season tickets during the entire Lefty era, it was so cool, Lefty missed out on his National title when Moses skipped out of his letter of intent to go pro. I miss those days.

    Mike I enjoy your writings, you are far from being a fool. I should know, I’ve known you almost 50 years now. You are a gift to all those that really know you. Keep on keeping on.

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