Americans do not give up March Madness for Lent. Their worship of college basketball intensfies as the NCAA’s tournament proceeds as though it followed a church calendar. To the faithful, the bracket resembles the Creed.
Arenas and stadiums interrupt the modern landscape. They have replaced cathedrals as civilization’s centers. Boosters produce studies that attest to the economic impact of sports. March Madness may have surpassed the World Series in national interest. It trails only the Super Bowl. Punters who do not pay attention to the regular season pick winners and losers in the tournament. Catherine of Siena is said to have subsisted on the host; fans subsist on wings in hot sauce.