#SOL15: March Challenge Day 18 – #OLW


March Madness?

Where are my teams playing?

What is the schedule?

I’m in a small midwestern state – Iowa. Our most recent claim to fame is the home of this season’s “Bachelor”. But, if you want impressive,  all three of our State Regents’ schools are going to the NCAA tournament.  ALL THREE!  One plays in Louisville (where I just was) and two head to Seattle.  AND THEN the women from two colleges also play.  That’s five teams for NCAA tournament madness!

Aye, here’s the rub. . . I don’t really like basketball.  I wanted to play basketball in high school but we didn’t have a girls team.  Finally, our relentless work to add girls basketball paid off during our senior year.  However, we were destined to have a JV team only.  No seniors could participate as they “built” a team for the next year.  So no, not basketball. .  .  Not that orange pumpkin-pushing sport. Not my favorite sport.

And yet, I will watch any collegiate sports as I know how hard students and athletes as well as the “student athletes” work!  I will cheer for all five teams.  I also appreciate the venue that sports teams provide for musicians to really OWN the field or court.  But I will also have to


Life is full!  Life does not revolve around sports!  AHHH, life also does not solely revolve around sports.  But what a year to enjoy! Time to focus on some of the great athletic teams in our state!

hawkeyes  uni  isu

Go, Iowa!

Facts about Iowa teams and the NCAA Tourney

What teams will YOU be supporting?

Do you have your bracket ready?

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10 responses

  1. Go Iowa! I stopped being a basketball watcher when my son no longer played. I will listen to the sports on the news, but not really invested in any team of any sport.

    1. Lee Ann,
      Basketball was never a sport that I had season tickets for – football and wrestling YES! And a son in those . . . love to support the local teams! And this year, some “Underdog” love as well! ❤

  2. I’m with Elsie. I’m new to this sports game and am bracket clueless. I wish more male teachers (or well-informed females should there be avid fans like my mother) would use the whole madness thing in other areas of learning so I could have caught on better. I have a hard enough time understanding the “bowls” in the winter. 🙂

    1. Did you see what “we” did with brackets here? https://franmcveigh.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/sol15-march-challenge-day-6-instructional-strategies-bracket/ What a fun way to introduce this to students! I also dearly love the Book Challenge brackets as well. Thanks for commenting!

  3. I have Northern Iowa going a good distance in my bracket. We’ll see how it turns out. (I’m taking a gamble and saying that Virginia will play Kentucky, but in the end, Kentucky will win.)

    My husband and I do the bracket against each other annually. This year a weekend trip is up for grabs (Winner chooses the destination!).

    1. I think Northern Iowa has some great potential . . . on any given day . . . any team can win!

      What a fun way to set brackets at your house! Love a good competition! ❤

  4. I would not even know where to begin. My boys are getting excited though!

    1. Jessie,
      I just saw President Obama’s bracket . . . I wonder if he picked the winner! Plenty of basketball for folks to watch their fill!

  5. This brought to mind my grandparents in Kansas and their excitement over basketball season!

  6. […] this sounds vaguely familiar, here’s how it looked last year during the March […]

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