'Cat in the Stacks: #LetsMarchNova
I’m Michelle Callaghan, a first-year graduate student at Villanova University. This is our column, “‘Cat in the Stacks.” I’m the ‘cat. Falvey Memorial Library is the stacks. I’ll be posting about living that scholarly life, from research to study habits to embracing your inner-geek, and how the library community might aid you in all of it.
Feeling the March Madness fever yet? I don’t know how you can avoid it—and I don’t know why you’d avoid it! The Wildcats are a hype machine!
At the risk of being terribly generalizing (but a risk I’m willing to take for the chuckles), there may or may not be a few readers of the library blog whose social circles pride themselves on not caring about sportsball. Perhaps, daresay, this apathy is not actually apathy but a lack of exposure!
Sports knowledge, like any knowledge, doesn’t come naturally. We’re not born knowing you can’t pick up the ball in soccer, or that running home is a point. If we aren’t immersed into sports as kids, it can be hard to understand the excitement and passion surrounding what seems like, well, games. But it’s never too late to expand your appreciation for an activity so many humans on this planet love!
This March, how can you dip your toe into a little bit of basketball?
You could check out our catalog for all sorts of basketball related resources.
You can peep this nifty cheat sheet at Basketball for Dummies.
This ELI5 (Explain Like I’m Five) Reddit thread has your back.
You can watch this holy grail of a YouTube Video:
So what’s all the hype about? It’s March Madness! What’s March Madness? The moniker for the annual NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) college basketball tournament. What was all that seeding hype about? Nova nabbed a number one seed! What’s seeding? Well, it certainly doesn’t have anything to do with gardening.
What a crash course, eh? Now you’re ready to catch the game tonight at 6:50 on TBS! The ‘Cats (32-2) are playing the Lafayette Leopards (20-12) in Pittsburgh.
Article by Michelle Callaghan, graduate assistant on the Communication and Service Promotion team. She is currently pursuing her MA in English at Villanova University.
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“It can be hard to understand the excitement and passion surrounding what seems like, well, games”: I have sports-loving relatives who don’t “understand the excitement and passion surrounding” a well-written novel, work of literature or poem. I’ve come to realize the reason: the outcome has been determined. They consider a novel as having a set ending; it’s already been written. The ending of a sporting event, though—a true contest—is unknown. That uncertainty of outcome provides them a level of excitement that they believe fiction, drama or poetry cannot duplicate. I, of course, disagree. But I also enthusiastically support our ‘Cats!