Mad for March Madness


by K. Kozla

Dear Loyal Readers,

I fear I must start this article with a bit of a confession.  While you come here looking for sporting information and information on Basketball and Football and what we have going on here at Marshall LLC your devoted author is a bit con.  While I understand some things in regards to sports… I know just the bare minimums of what there is in regards to this.  When I started helping with this project I joined as part of an MBA assignment.  I like words, I enjoy helping people and thus I have stayed on to continue helping, but when I work on this I have to ask questions and/or do research.

I confess to that in order to tell you this.  Recently I was having a work dinner with a friend of mine who knows sports and helps with the articles.  She was talking about upcoming ones for the site and mentioned March Madness.  I nodded and said, “The college basket ball games in March” she was pleased because I was showing promise.  She asked me to expand on what I know about it and… well sadly that was all I really knew.  I knew there were brackets and it was two sides trying to get down to the 1 game for the over all big winner, but that was it.

Now, with that off of my chest, let’s go onto March Madness.  Basically what it turns out to be is the playoffs to see who will be the NCAA Men’s Division 1 basketball champions. They are played in ‘brackets’ bringing them to the final two teams.  It just takes one loss to be out of contention.   Now, for those of you who may not know, the NCAA is the National Collegiate Athletic Association that covers various sporting events, Basketball being one of them.  It turns out that March Madness is just a lot of games in a short period of time to come up.  It will be exciting this year to see who will come up on top.

We here at Marshall LLC will be keeping our eyes on: Syracuse, Norfolk State University, Austin Peay, Marshall University, Rutgers, and Providence.

Godspeed to the players and officials!


by K. Kozla

From the time we are little stars are a part of our lives.  The early days in school where we are trying to obtain gold and silver stars to show we accomplished something to be proud of.  Skipping a few years as we age and learn to believe that wishing on the stars in the sky in the hopes of making our dreams come true.  Even as an adult we gaze upon the stars that walk amongst us like Actors, Political Figures, Sports figures and even the lesser known ones like Doctors and Nurses, Teachers and Firefighters.  We all shoot to be amongst the stars, to achieve the goals we set ahead of us.  Andrew Bynum and MarShon Brooks are no different.  Both men are making moves to show how brightly their stars can shine.

MarShon Brooks was chosen to participate in the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge featuring rookies and second-year NBA players taking place as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend on February 24th.   Brooks is averaging 14.8 points a game placing him second among rookies.

Andrew Bynum, for his part, is going to be the going to his first All-Star game.  It was a goal he set for himself six years ago, but with perseverance, practice and drive he managed to get himself to the place he wanted to be.

Two young men both setting an example to future players and dreamers that placing high goals on yourself is something to be done.  Don’t listen to those who say you can’t.  Don’t let others talk you out of dreaming big.  Dream big, the bigger the better and never give up.  We could not be prouder of the goals they are striving for and the achievements they are making.

God Speed to those who show us we should dream and God Speed to the dreamers!