For a true sports fan, nothing beats the thrill of March Madness
As we get older, many of us develop a bucket list. Some may choose an exotic trip on their list. Others want to try skydiving or some other adventure at least once in their life. But who says you only have to do something on your bucket list only once?
My childhood friends had been going to Las Vegas for years to watch the first round of March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament. For years, I wanted to go but work kept me from doing it. When I moved to Los Angeles in 1997, however, I knew the four-hour drive or 45-minute flight would help me scratch one item off my list.
Once I went, it’s not anything I wanted to miss again. If you’re a sports fan, especially college basketball, there’s nothing like it. It’s spring break for adults, no matter how old you are and most of my friends are no spring chickens now.
I live in Las Vegas now so meeting up with friends at a casino to watch four full days of basketball isn’t a problem. For them it’s like the organizers of the Macys Thanksgiving Day parade. Once, it’s over, they’re already planning on next year and what activities that includes.
Most of the time that’s selecting what restaurants or buffets they want to do a year in advance, and they even talk about months and months before the tourney begins. Flights and hotel rooms are usually booked early because for many of them it’s the highlight of their year.
So, if you’re a huge sports fan and always wanted to go to Las Vegas for the first round of the college hoops tourney, you won’t regret it. The tourneys almost over, but it’s not too soon to be thinking about next year already.
I know I am.