Easter is approaching. Spring is in the air (and do we ever need winter to be over). The days grow a little longer. Spring Break gives us a little rest. Opening Day for MLB is just weeks away. And best of all March Madness is about to get underway!
For those not familiar with the phrase March Madness it refers primarily to the Men’s NCAA basketball Tournament that begins this week (though in our family we are also big fans of the Women’s Tournament – especially Stanford). March Madness has a language of it’s own as Diaper Dandies seek to lead Cinderella stories through the Sweet Sixteen into the Elite Eight and maybe the Final Four. It’s March Madness that has introduced me to the phrase Gonzaga-Baby, FGCU as Dunk City and made me realize that Creighton is in Nebraska.
This week some of your friends, co-workers, classmates and even pastors will be spending late hours in the evening trying to figure out which 12 seed will upset a 5 (it happens almost every year), which 2 will make an early exit and ultimately who will win it all. It’s a science (really an art) known as bracketology. Warren Buffet (who is a huge Creighton fan) has even offered a billion dollars if anyone can pick a perfect bracket (the odds are 9.2 quintillion-to-1).
I definitely won’t have a perfect bracket (I pick way too many ACC schools) but I love picking teams and competing with my friends for bragging rights – so I am part of a family bracket group and a staff bracket group and one with friends from around the world – and so why not one more.
This year we are introducing a Mountaintop March Madness Bracket. It’s simple to play – click on the link Mountaintop March Madness and follow the instructions. Be sure to pick Harvard in the first round and I think North Dakota State is going to surprise some people.
The winner will get not only bragging rights but free registration to either of our upcoming events for men and women coming up in April (Men’s Retreat) and June (Women’s Retreat).
We will see who are the P.T.P.ers who can Shoot the Area Code J and who will wind up with a Wilson Sandwich.
Let the Madness Begin!
PS: Here are some of the details for the Men’s Retreat – A Better Way
Friday and Saturday – April 25 and 26
We will explore what it means to be a better man and what we must do as men to serve one another, our families, our church, and most importantly, our God. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we get it wrong and God has something to say about both. There will be personal stories from men who have faced real challenges. They will share how they confronted and overcame them and how they now have healing through their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Location: YMCA Hargis Retreat in Chelsea – we know you don’t need directions – real men never ask for directions.
Cost: $70 (Food, lodging and t-shirt included – and scholarships are available
Register simply by clicking on A BetterLife