Doug: If you want my opinion, the third Thursday and Friday of March should be national holidays here in the good ol' U.S. of A. That's when the 1st round of the NCAA Basketball Championship tournament begins.
I've often read that nothing slows down business in America like office pools, and people sneaking a peek at the games on the Internet. I have been known (don't worry about ratting me out - the principal knows) to assign some seatwork on those two days so that the television can be on in the classroom. Yes, I am the idol of millions...
There really is no other event in American sports like the NCAA Tournament. This year 68 schools will vie for the chance to be a true champion -- three weeks of games at locations throughout the nation, and for the first time ever, all televised. While the Super Bowl gets more attention, I'm not sure another event captures the imagination of the nation as much as this, when at tip-off everyone's school has a chance to be The One. Upsets are common, and offer more excitement to this particular event than any of the one-day championships or even series that are played out in the professional sports. As we say at this time of year: Let the Madness begin!
What is your favorite sporting event? I'm sure since we have many international readers that we'll get a wide array of responses, so this should be fun.