Easter

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Shout out to you! You’ve almost made it through Lent! (Soon you can go back to drinking soda, eating pizza and doing everything else you recently gave up). But, check it out…Rover dug up the backstory of Lent!

After much discussion about what Lenten preparation would entail, it was translated that the practice would last for 40 days, twenty-four hours a day. Some people only had one meal per day. Some abstained from all forms of meat for the fast, while others completely banned anything coming from animals. This abstinence of dairy products was what led to the blessing and giving of Easter eggs.

However, the Lenten rules have heavily evolved. Eating meat throughout the week is allowed except on Ash Wednesday and Fridays. Most commonly, people are encouraged to give up something as a sacrifice for the duration of Lent. Although, technically on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19) and Annunciation (March 25), those participating are exempt from the sacrifice.

So now that you are soon going back to enjoying your favorite snacks and watching TV, check out these bones Rover is throwin’ your way.

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March Madness. The Big Dance. The Road to Atlanta.

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The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship has come to be known under many different names, but the excitement that develops this time of year is always of the same caliber. Bubble teams wait nervously for their fate on Selection Sunday. 68 teams go into the brackets on Tuesday, March 19, hoping for their one shining moment. However, only one comes out a champion on Monday, April 8.

States are divided by brutal rivalries: Kentucky and Louisville in 1983
From 1959-1983, the two teams did not play one other. Period. UK coach, Adolph Rupp, hated Louisville with a passion. Coach Rupp believed the Wildcats held supremacy of the two Kentucky teams. In 1983, the tournament seeding committee had the last laugh by setting up the first game between the two in 24 years.

Our brackets are busted: Southern Illinois in 2002
Coming out of the MVC tournament, the Salukis received little attention in the Big Dance. The #11 seeded Dawgs beat Bobby Knight’s Texas Tech team, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen after a win over #3 Georgia, and lost by 12 to #2 Connecticut.

Cinderella teams surprise us: Butler in 2010
Given a #5 seed, the nation didn’t expect much out of the Butler Bulldogs. However, this team took down #1 Syracuse, #2 Kansas State, and #5 Michigan State. Returning to their home state of Indiana, the Bulldogs had a last minute chance to win it all with Gordon Hayward’s half court shot. Duke sent Butler home from the dance, but not empty handed; Butler’s run was easily one of the best seen in tournament history.

It is a crazy month and we can’t help but to love it! Rover says, bring on the madness!

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