By Daniel Paiz
March Madness is one of the best sporting events of the year (quite possibly the best of the year). For the past few years, the national title game has provided pockets of inspiration. Tonight’s game between Baylor and Gonzaga is honestly no different.
NaPoWriMo largely focuses on poetry, but this is one of several pieces that uses sport as a storytelling vehicle.
Baylor Brings It Home
Imagine your odds to successfully
win a tournament are 1 in 68,
A lot of people might go back to
Waco or Spokane, or wherever
their dreams started months ago in a squeaky gym,
with little more than body odor, and
chemical cleaner whiffs
caught before practice.
The repetitions might seem monotonous,
practices of certain drills mundane,
and these long runs or stair circuits
are just cruel punishment.
things start to click,
when finally getting to go against
opponents with a different name on their chests.
Fast forward to when effort and fundamentals
are the make or break things,
in a winner takes all battle.
A Butler brings the home advantage to March Madness,
April 5th is a magical date
for the Bears of Baylor to compete
for history and glory and
to accomplish a sought-after goal.
Vital are the blocks and boards on defense,
Aggressive efforts might lead to violations,
but the harder the hustle,
the closer the championship.
The undefeated Bulldogs are chosen
by everyone from Gonzaga to the internet,
and yet that provides just enough spark,
to take the spoils of the efforts home.