IzLegal Illustrated THE WILD WORLD OF MARCH MADNESS A Look at Iconic Tournament Moments
Every spring, millions of Americans fill out March Madness brackets. According to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, 75 million U.S. workers spend at least six hours watching the NCAA Tournament at work, and the drop in productivity during the first week costs companies roughly $13.3 billion. Needless to say, March Madness is a nationwide phenomenon. The tournament’s status can be chalked up to the ease of filling out a bracket and good old-fashioned school pride, but March Madness has also become famous for having the highest occurrence of heart- stopping moments of any major American sporting event. Over the years, we’ve seen Cinderella stories, buzzer beaters, and otherworldly performances. Every year, the tournament serves something unexpected and wonderful. It’s those moments that make March Madness what it is. Here are a few of the most memorable. BIRD VS. MAGIC 1 (1979) Author Chuck Klosterman described the rivalry between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson as “a conflict that dwarfs Dante.”While their battle grew to legendary proportions during their respective NBA careers, Bird and Magic first faced off before either entered the NBA. During the 1978–79 season, Larry Bird led the lowly Indiana State Sycamores to an undefeated regular season record. They stormed through the tournament and met Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans in the final.
the stand-out performer and MVP. He finished with 24 points and a title. Over the ensuing years, Bird’s Celtics and Magic’s Lakers would trade shots in an epic tussle for NBA supremacy, but it all started here. NC STATE’S LAST-SECOND UPSET (1983) March Madness is known for underdog stories and few are more inspirational than N.C. State’s shocking upset of Houston in the 1983 title game. Houston, known as Phi Slamma Jamma for their above-the-rim play style, was on a 26-game winning streak and heavily favored to make mincemeat of the Wolfpack. But that’s not what happened. With the game tied and time expiring, N.C. State’s Dereck Whittenburg had the ball near the top of the key. He heaved up a prayer of a shot that came down well short of the basket. However, his teammate Lorenzo Charles caught the ball as if the errant shot were a perfectly placed alley-oop. He slammed the ball, time expired, and the entire stadium went wild. Jim Valvano, N.C. State’s coach, was so overcome that he ran around the court in utter disbelief. CHRIS WEBBER’S TIMEOUT (1993) Michigan’s Fab Five (Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson) are the most famous recruiting class in college basketball history. They transformed the sport by injecting a healthy dose of what we know today as “swag.” After reaching the finals of the tournament as freshmen — an unheard-of achievement at the time — the Wolverines were expected to romp to a title in 1993. Everything went according to plan until the final when Chris Webber committed basketball’s most famous blunder.
Down by 2 points with 20 seconds left, Webber secured a rebound and headed up the court. North Carolina’s defense smartly used a trap defense to funnel him into the corner. Panicked and out of real estate, Webber signaled for a timeout. The problem was that Michigan didn’t have any. As an automatic technical foul, Webber’s gaffe secured North Carolina’s victory. KRIS JENKINS FTW (2016) The most stunning moment in recent tournament history came from Villanova’s forward Kris Jenkins and his team. The Philadelphia-area school had not won a title in more than 20 years when they made the championship game in 2016. Their duel with North Carolina in that game was one for the ages — a back-and-forth affair that was tied 74-74 before the final possession. The ball came to Jenkins, who chucked a deep 3 as time expired, and the buzzer sounded as the ball went through the rim. “When I get it,” Jenkins told reporters after the game, “it’s going up. I always think it’s going in, and this was no different.” It was no different, except for the fact that most shots aren’t destined to be remembered for decades. Which moments from this year will end up leaving an indelible imprint on the sport? You’ll have to tune in to find out.
Bird managed a double-double in the game, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, but Magic was
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ARTFUL PARENTING How to Support Your Teen’s Artistic Passions
THE BIG LEAGUES
When a teenager is involved in sports, it’s easy to show support for their passion. You take them to practice, go to their games, celebrate their victories, and help them learn from their losses. But what if your teen is more into arts than athletics? Without a literal sideline to cheer from, helping your child grow and develop in fields like writing, painting, and photography can feel — well, abstract. But make no mistake, parents can show concrete support in a few ways to help their budding artist grow and excel in the arts.
aspiring artist. This is where you can help. Introduce the work of contemporary artists to your teen, or better yet, give your teen opportunities to discover them on their own. Trips to museums and libraries can be just as impactful on growing artists as going to a ball game.
Sure, there’s no varsity watercolor portrait team, but student artists can strive for important milestones. School clubs like student newspapers can provide a semiprofessional outlet for young artists, and there are myriad creative outlets outside the classroom as well. Community galleries, youth anthologies, coffee shop open mics — these are all amazing opportunities for your teen to take their work to the next level.
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STARS TO STRIVE FOR Just as most teen athletes won’t be professional players, you don’t have to expect your artist to be the next Ursula K. Le Guin or Banksy. Whatever their interests are, helping your child explore their passions and enjoy a discipline will leave them with skills and memories they’ll draw upon the rest of their life. WHOSE PICKS WILL GO ALL THE WAY? MARCH MADNESS FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Just as many young athletes have star players they look up to and try to emulate on the field, aspiring artists can look to those making waves in their artistic fields today. Often, school courses focus on “the classics,” which can just feel like homework to an You may not have to drive your high schooler to writing practice, but you can still give them the tools and support they need to hone their passion. The most obvious way is by asking to see their writing or art, but keep in mind many teens may not be willing to share something that personal. Still, reminding them you’re genuinely interested in their work can help them stick with their passion. Indirect gestures like buying them quality art supplies can also show them you value their craft.
REWARD THE WINNERS WITH PRIZES. Offer prizes to each round winner as well as the overall bracket winner to get the whole family involved. Small prize ideas for each round can include a homemade dinner of the winner’s choice, a week’s supply of their favorite snack, or a coupon for getting out of a chore. Whoever wins the whole tournament (or makes it the furthest with their bracket) deserves a bigger reward. Offer them the chance to see a movie of their choice in theaters or to eat a meal at their favorite restaurant. CREATE A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY. Learning math or geography might not sound like your child’s idea of fun, but it can be when they learn it through the lens of March Madness. See if your kids would be interested in understanding the inner workings of the ranking system or studying where some of the qualifying colleges are located on a map of the United States. They may find it so interesting that they don’t even realize they’re learning valuable skills.
One of the greatest things about March Madness is that you don’t have to be a huge college basketball fan to get in on the fun. Kids of all ages can fill out brackets — or have a parent fill one out for them — and watch their picks duke it out on the court. While healthy competition among family members can be fun all on its own, check out the following tips if you’re looking to go the extra mile and reap as much fun from March Madness as you can. TURN EACH GAME INTO AN EVENT. Not every kid may like watching basketball, but if they fill out a bracket, then they might gain at least a passing interest in who will win each game. To elevate their interest, turn each March Madness matchup into a little party. It doesn’t have to be fancy; make fun snacks to eat while you watch or bet pieces of candy on who will have the most points to create great family bonding opportunities.
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FILING A PAIN AND SUFFERING CLAIM What You Need for a Successful Case
Whether you or someone you love is injured due to another party’s negligence, it’s common to want justice and rightful compensation for the damages that occurred. In a personal injury case, many people might file a pain and suffering claim. However, not very many people know exactly what this claim means.
These two types of pain and suffering extend a person’s suffering beyond the accident itself to the present day and even to what may occur in the future.
APPLYING A CLAIM TO A PERSONAL INJURY CASE
suffering claim is difficult to measure because “pain” cannot be analyzed through medical scans. However, to ensure your claim goes through, you need to provide as much evidence as you can to prove it. Photos of the injury or injuries, a journal filled with recorded thoughts and emotions, documentation of a mental health professional’s opinion, and any written or verbal statements from family or friends are all considered evidence in these claims. The pain and suffering caused by the negligence of an accident are real and should be considered seriously. Give yourself and your loved ones a fighting chance by taking every step you need to win your claim.
In Florida, pain and suffering is considered a “general damages” claim within a personal injury case.As many injuries can result in a pain and suffering claim, there’s no set formula to find monetary value to it. Often, a judge may ask the jury to use their common sense when it comes to deciding a reasonable amount of compensation. It’s important to know before making a claim what you need to do to ensure you’re compensated accurately.
UNDERSTANDING PAIN AND SUFFERING
The term “pain and suffering” refers to the damages — both mental and physical — a person may suffer from an accident. Physical pain and suffering covers physical injuries sustained from an accident. Mental pain and suffering covers the emotional trauma that the incident or physical injuries may cause a person. This includes humiliation, emotional distress, anger, anxiety, shock, mental anguish, depression, and post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
THE CHALLENGE OF THIS CLAIM
One of the more difficult aspects of these types of cases is determining the value of the case. A pain and
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PESTO CHICKEN WITH BLISTERED TOMATOES Brighten up after a cold, dark winter with this fresh and flavorful springtime dish. Ingredients
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided
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1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 tbsp spinach pesto 2 cups cherry tomatoes 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced 1 tsp red wine vinegar
4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, pounded to a 1-inch thickness
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Salt and pepper to taste 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add it to pan. Cook chicken for 5 minutes on each side, then remove pan from heat. 3. In a bowl, combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and butter. 4. Spread pesto over chicken and top with panko mixture.
5. Broil chicken for 2 minutes on high heat until browned. 6. In a skillet, heat remaining oil over medium- high heat. 7. Add tomatoes and cook for 6 minutes. 8. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. 9. Season tomato mixture with salt and pepper, and add red wine vinegar. 10. Serve tomatoes with broiled chicken.
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1 The Best of March Madness 2 Supporting Your Teen’s Art March Madness Fun for theWhole Family 3 Securing Compensation for the Pain of an Accident Pesto Chicken With Blistered Tomatoes 4 New York City’s Chaotic Annual Tradition
The Day Everyone in New York City Moved SMASHED MIRRORS, MAIMED SOFAS, AND MISSING BED-SCREWS
Moving is the worst. The costs of hiring a moving company and the sheer amount of time it takes to physically move everything make the whole affair an aggravating mess. And if you thought moving just one house on your street was terrible, imagine the chaos that would ensue if everyone in your whole city moved on the same day. That’s exactly what happened in New York City for nearly two centuries. From Colonial times until the end of World War II, May 1 was Moving Day in New York. On that day, every lease in the city ended, and pandemonium reigned in the streets as everyone scurried to their new homes. Eyewitness accounts of Moving Day describe the tradition as sheer mayhem. An English writer said Moving Day looked like “a population flying from the plague,” and frontiersman Davy Crockett called it an “awful calamity” when he discovered the event in 1834.
Still, some people loved Moving Day. Long Island farmers took their carts into the city on May 1 and charged as much as a week’s wages to move desperate tenants’ belongings to their new homes, which was a tidy sum in those days. Children were also fond of Moving Day because they got the day off school to help their families navigate the tumultuous time. A few prominent theories have emerged about the origins of this tradition. Some posit that May 1 coincided with the English celebration of May Day. Others say it morphed out of an event where servants would look for new employers. The most well-known explanation, however, is the May 1 move commemorated the day Dutch colonizers “moved” to Manhattan in the first place.
housing builders were drafted during World War I, leaving fewer movers and less available housing. Additionally, the construction of the New York City subway gave other tenants rapid access to more housing options outside Manhattan. Finally, after many cartmen were again drafted in WWII, the tradition officially ended in 1945.
The Moving Day tradition began vanishing in the early 20th century because many cartmen and
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