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It Was Going So Well, Until This Appeared on the Field…

Training for a halftime performance can be like training for a race.  You may not realize that bands do physical training to get in shape for all of the running they do on the field.  They have to run around in precise formation carrying heavy instruments, sometimes in the heat or cold.  They practice for weeks on these intricate routines.  For this performance, all that practice was paying off until this happened.    Who put that cone there?

Just What is March Madness?

Final FourEvery March basketball fans everywhere are glued to their TV’s or any other device to watch the annual NCAA basketball tournament. It’s affectionately called March Madness and fans love it.   Some take time off from work to catch the games and some watch or listen at work. (Uh oh.)  The lengthy tournament includes upsets and wild overtime games and that’s why it’s “Madness.”


The phrase March Madness has become really well known in the last few years but it actually goes back a long way and is attributed to Henry V. Porter, assistant executive secretary of the Illinois High School Association.   Porter first used the term to describe the Illinois High School basketball tournament.  In 1908 the Illinois tournament was at first a small invitational tournament but in the late 1930’s grew to include 900 teams and attracted sell-out crowds.   Porter was a teacher, principal, coach, and he was also a gifted writer. In 1939 wrote an essay about the tournament for the IHSA magazine entitled “March Madness.”

Some attribute using March Madness to describe the wildly popular NCAA tournament to broadcaster Brent Musburger.  He heard the phrase in relation to the Illinois High School tournament and though it was the perfect way to describe the NCAA tournament.    I have to agree, and I love watching the madness every year.

If you know any sports fans that can’t get enough of the madness check out these great gifts.

Final Four Weekend Party Ideas

Final Four PartyFinal Four weekend is almost here and if you have a team still in the big dance you may be planning a watch party for your friends.  Here are a few ideas to make it fun:

Texas Theme:  The Final Four tournament is being held in Arlington, TX, and since you can’t be there in person, you can bring Texas to you.  Serve Tex Mex dishes and round up some brews from the Lone Star State.  Throw in a couple of cowboy hats and stars and you’ll feel the Texas spirit.

Games:  Just like the Super Bowl, if you have a good-sized group you can prepare some basketball themed games and give prizes for the winners.

Final Four Squares.  Draw a 10 by 10 square grid. Write the numbers 0 to 9 across the side and top. Write one team name across the top and the other on the side. Guests write their names on one or more squares depending on how many guests you may have. At the end of the game take the last digit of each team’s score and the intersection of the two is the winner.

Final Score:  Guests guess the total of the two final scores.

Final Four Trivia:  Prepare some trivia questions on the final four tournament or the teams.  Whoever gets the most right is the winner.

The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy your guests.  How do you watch the tournament?  Do you enjoy it with friends?  Let me know in the comments!

Cajun Burgers

Put a little zing into your game day with these fantastic spicy Cajun Burgers.

Cajun BurgersIngredients

  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning Blend (recipe above)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Sautéed onions, optional


Combine all seasoning blend ingredients in a small bowl or sealable

plastic bag; mix well.

In a bowl, combine the first eight burger ingredients; shape into

four patties. Cook in a skillet or grill over medium-hot heat for

4-5  minutes per side or until burgers reach desired doneness.

 Serve on buns; top with sautéed onions if desired.

If this recipe sounds delicious you’ll flip for these great grilling cookbooks from Taste of Home.

Creative Tailgating Ideas

Alabama FabricAny Crafty Tailgaters Out There?

If you are creative there are hundreds of ways to spruce up your tailgating party.  There are all types of team logo fabrics available now, for the NCAA, NFL, and NBA, etc…  You can make fantastic table cloths, aprons, decorations, stadium blankets, and much more.  Hancock Fabrics has a great selection of team fabrics and in most cases have multiple choices for each team.  Some items need little or no sewing, so those that are “craft challenged” can make them too. They also have patterns if you prefer not to do it on your own.  

Check out the selection here.  Just search for your team and see all the great possibilities.

Have you made any items for your tailgating parties?  Let us know in the comments.