Bracket busters everywhere.
Is the 2021 NCAA Men's March Madness basketball tournament the craziest one yet?
Of course there's still a few of the favorites remaining in the Sweet 16. Some familiar names and faces. But a quarter of the Sweet 16 are seeded 11th or higher — Nos. 11 Syracuse and UCLA, 12th seed Oregon State and 15th Oral Roberts University.
Three No. 1 seeds are left with Gonzaga, Baylor and Michigan, along with No. 2 seeds Houston and Alabama. Even third-seeded Arkansas is still hanging in there and favored to make the Elite 8.
Everyone is wondering, will this third round straighten the brackets out? Will the Cinderallas hear the clock strike midnight, turning their impromptu rides back into pumpkins?
I certainly hope not.
Yes, sports fans all have teams they root for, and just as many of us have team we always root against, as well. How fitting would it be, after this crazy year-plus that we've experienced since COVID-19 changed how sports on a national stage are being handled, if we hardly recognized any of the names of the teams to make the Final Four?
I like rooting for the underdog, and I can't imagine anything greater than if some double-digit seed won it all this year.
For that to happen, the rounds of Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 will have to go differently than most do for the cinderellas.
Those teams can't wane after a couple of rounds of upsets, and they'll have to continue to pull off upset after upset. These next rounds are usually where the tournaments and upper seeds tend to right the ship.
I say keep the boat rocking. It's going to be a fun weekend to watch basketball — maybe even more than the first two rounds.