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It's That Time of Year

Looking at March Madness through the eyes of John Wooden

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
March 16, 2006

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It's That Time of Year
It's That Time of Year_Greg Asimakoupoulos-Looking at March Madness through the eyes of John WoodenJohn Wooden would what others wouldn't.
Truth be told, the others couldn't

match his record through the years
earned by practice, sweat and tears.

Competition, he'd attest,
fuels the best to stand the test.

That's the reason Coach kept on.
Hope for him was never gone.

Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton
learned the lessons Coach had taught 'em.

Like the fact that discipline
means far more than just a win.

Or the truth that self control
makes a gifted player whole.

There were poems he'd recite
that were fun but never trite.

Faith in Christ, Coach boldly claimed,
shaped the way he coached each game.

Shaped the way he'd build guys up
when they drank from failure's cup.

Shaped the way he helped them see
teamwork leads to victory.

That is why he loves March Madness
with its joy and with its sadness.

And at nearly ninety-six,
Coach still needs his yearly fix.

Waiting for what lies in store,
he will watch the Final Four

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Brooks Gardner from Near Chapel Hill, NC writes:
March 17, 2006
As an observer in an area of basketball maniacs, I would be remiss in not adding the personage of Dean Smith to Greg's rhyme. Who can forget that Dean was the only person in the world who could keep Michael Jordan below twenty points. Coach K in nearby Durham presents a proud legacy and Jimmy V. from North Carolina State is added. North Carolina is the home of March Madness.

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