Despite the fact that the weather outside looks like the middle of winter, it’s actually the end of March Madness (being that it’s April). March Madness, for those of you who keep hearing it and have no idea what’s going on, is the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) pinnacle knockout competition for the year.
College students playing basketball to see who’s best.
College sport in the USA
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have noticed that College sport in the United States is HUGE! For example (a relevant one too), the world’s biggest stadium is Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, North Korea’s enormous 150,000 person celebratory venue.
The SECOND biggest stadium in the world? The University of Michigan’s (IMPORTANTLY not to be confused with Michigan State or called “Michigan University”) “Big House” that seats 107,601. That’s how big we’re talking.
Ok so now you know that, you need to know that this is the same Michigan school in tonight’s NCAA Final, the Michigan Wolverines. They’re playing against the Villanova “Wildcats”.
Technically, the Wildcats are the favorite, being the #1 seed, but Michigan isn’t far behind in #3, so it’s a clash of the top skilled teams.
The Rules of Basketball Explained
(by a British sounding person)
Where to watch in NYC
There are lots of bars in NYC that will be showing the game (as I said above, this is a big deal for many) so you’ll have options at any sports bar. That being said, if you REALLY want to get into it, you can go to a bar that supports Michigan or Villanova.
Just note: If you’re at a bar that supports one team and you are wearing the opposition’s colors/logos, it’s not going to be a friendly place. Be careful, and don’t be an idiot.
These places are going to be NUTS, just a heads up.
- Professor Thom’s
219 2nd Avenue
- Brother Jimmy’s, Union Square
- Mercury Bar
- Gramercy Ale House
272 3rd Avenue
- The Brazen Fox
- Tempest Bar
Who you should support
So normally this is where I write a balanced review of each team and who you should support.
Not this time.
How to support Michigan tonight
- Yell “Go Blue!” when you see someone wearing a big yellow “M” or “Michigan” or “Go Blue” (see below);
- Cheer loudly when the yellow/blue team with the big “M” does something good (see rules above);
- High five people around you when they react to something that you missed.