The Shock The World Chronicles: The NCAA Tournament Almost Killed Me

Basketball, Columns, Sports, The Rev — By on March 27, 2013 at 12:30 am

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Over the span of three days, I attended six college basketball games at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for what is now considered the second and third rounds of the NCAA Tournament. As I am writing this Tuesday afternoon, I am coming off a 103.9 fever, a day of being incapacitated and delirious, a bit of vomiting, and a diagnosed case of the flu. Basically, the NCAA Tournament almost killed me.

And you know what? I wouldn’t trade the experience I had this past weekend even with my body feeling like it’s been hit by a 10-ton load of bricks. I’ve always wanted to attend the NCAA Tournament, and finally, at 29 years old, I was able to take in an entire weekend’s worth of games thanks to my buddy Pete, who secured four tickets to all three sessions for the weekend.

I couldn’t have been more excited to kick off the weekend a day early, and it got off to a tremendous start despite the frigid weather in the City of Brotherly Love. I hopped on the subway at around 11 a.m. Friday, met up with the crew, devoured a cheesesteak and headed in for the Duke-Albany game to tip off the weekend.

Rev. P. Revere

Reverend Paul Revere, aka Joe Boland, is a sports blogger out of Philadelphia whose life revolves around sports 365 and a quarter days per year. Keep up with Rev at his own personal blog, The House That Glanville Built and on Twitter.

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  • Pete D says:

    Was great to have shared the weekend of hoop with you man, well documented. Biggest plus of the weekend was obviously being there to witness FCGU- most fun I’ve had watching college hoop in a long time. Minus was definitely the refs ruining the second half of the Duke-Creighton game. Creighton wasn’t shooting the lights out (and literally no one came to play other than McDermott), but that game should have been better.

    See you there in 3-4 years when Philly hosts again!

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