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MEMORIES OF MADNESS
When I was in the fifth grade, something amazing happened: My high school in Harvard had an incredible basketball team. No disrespect to any former or current players on the school team today, but this was one of those once-in-100-year moments in scholastic sports. The whole town would go out to watch the games, even families like mine who didn’t have any high schoolers on the team. It was thanks to this exposure that I first became a basketball fan. But where the Harvard High Hornets may have laid the foundation for my appreciation of the sport, the Chicago Bulls made my love more than concrete. Coming of age at the peak of the Michael Jordan era, it was impossible not to be a basketball fan. He was larger than life, electrifying the fandom of a team that had long been overshadowed by baseball and football in Illinois. So naturally, I picked up the sport myself, playing from middle school all through high school, and while our team wasn’t the powerhouse we once were, I still had a great time. I loved the fast pace and intensity of the game — having the crowd so close lets you feel the swing of emotion from minute to minute. It’s a real adrenaline rush! And yet today, when it comes to March Madness, I’m at a loss for creating a bracket. The truth is, I haven’t watched much basketball in the last decade. Neither of my kids is involved in the sport, so my interests have turned elsewhere. Still, that doesn’t stop me from making predictions about the NCAA tournament here at the office. Heck, we even made it into a competition! Our yearly competition goes like this: Whoever has the most accurate bracket at the end of March Madness gets to pick where we have lunch. Low stakes, but just enough to lead to some friendly competition around the clinic. And while my college basketball knowledge is dated at best, my rivals aren’t
all that much better off. To tell you the truth, most of us just seem to pick randomly and hope for the best. Of course, seeing the games this time of year revives my passion for the sport, and it’s easy to get nostalgic for the old days. Sadly, the same reasons I loved basketball as a kid are also the reasons that keep me from picking it back up again now. It’s so fast and intense that I’d likely pull something. I wouldn’t be a very good physical therapist if I had to take time off to care for my own aching muscles, now would I? For my sake, I think I’ll stick to golf. Of course, if you’re feeling the itch to get back out on the court or pick up any sport after the long winter, come pay us a visit. We can help ensure you’re limber and ready to play safe. Plus, if you have any bracket- building tips you can give me before the deadline, I’d really appreciate it!
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