Norton Accounting Services March 2019

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FROM THE DESK OF Bob

THE WILDWORLD OF MARCH MADNESS A L ook at I conic T ournament M oments

Our dog, Sake, is a cream, piebald mini- Dachshund; has short fur; and, of course, is low to the ground. So, when the months get cold, he’s constantly shivering, even in the house. We talked about getting him a sweater in winters past. But this winter has been colder. Recently, I passed a store display of dog sweaters. Most were ugly or goofy, but I found an argyle one that was acceptable and bought it. When I put it on him, he just stood there, not knowing what to do. Then, he walked around trying to shake it off. Eventually, he went on with life and ignored it. Over the next week or so, we took it off of him when it was warmer and put it back on when it got colder. We weren’t sure it was helping him or not. But, he got used to the sweater as it stretched out some to fit him better.

Every spring, millions of Americans fill out March Madness brackets. According to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, about 20 percent of workers will fill out a bracket this year, and the drop in productivity during the first week of the NCAA Tournament will cost companies roughly $4 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. 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. BIRD VS. MAGIC 1 (1979)

During that time, the sweater went from being a nuisance to being “his.” When Penny tried to take it off one evening, he growled at her, then bit her! Maybe he’ll let us take it off this summer . . . -Bob Norton

Bird managed a double-double in the game, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, but Magic was the stand-out performer and MVP. He finished with 24 points and a title. Over

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