Why do we call it March Madness?

Why do we call it March Madness?

Why do we call it March Madness?

Previously published Slate articles made new.
March 16 2005 5:11 PM

Talking Tourney

Why do we call it March Madness?

Thursday, the NCAA tournament begins its three-week invasion of America's televisions and computer screens. College basketball fans reserve a lot of special jargon for this time of year—"March Madness," the "Big Dance," the "Sweet 16," et al. Last year, Brendan I. Koerner explained where all of these terms come from.