Ah yes, March Madness is upon us.
College basketball’s annual extravaganza (disguised as a tournament) is one of the most celebrated sporting events in all of sports. March Madness symbolizes a clean slate…a time when teams have a chance to re-write their own script.
A chance for David to slay Goliath, evidenced by the increasing number of upsets each year.
Today, March Madness is running rampant in middle Tennessee, but I’m not talking about MTSU’s historic upset win over Michigan State yesterday.
I’m talking about the Tennessee Titans.
In the NFL, the month of March symbolizes the same thing, as teams begin to reload, retool, and in Tennessee’s case…revamp their rosters.
And like their underdog NCAA counterparts, the Titans are looking to rewrite their own script with a few offseason upset victories of their own.
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Earlier this month, Tennessee shocked everyone when they announced that Pro Bowl running back DeMarco Murray was being acquired via trade. No one, not even the great Adam Schefter saw that one coming.
As the details of the trade became public, it was discovered that Murray was granted permission by the Eagles to seek his own trade parter, and chose Tennessee after drawing interest from several teams.
Upset win for the Titans.
Two days later, Tennessee signed free agent wide receiver (Miami) Rishard Matthews. Once the details of his signing became public, it was discovered that the perennial world title contending New England Patriots were also in hot pursuit.
Tennessee signed center Ben Jones (Houston) away from potential suitors the same day, shoring up the middle of their offensive line with a tough-nosed, physical offensive lineman in the prime of his career.
For the second year in a row, the Titans were able to retain one of their own on defense, re-signing defensive tackle Al Woods to a three year deal after allowing him to become a free agent. With the premium placed on today’s good young defensive linemen, bringing Woods back was certainly no lock.
Let’s be honest, no one could have predicted that a fledgling franchise with a first time general manager would win out over the “better teams” in the league…especially given the fact that they are not bribing players with bloated free agent contracts.
A bracket-busting start to free agency for the Tennessee Titans. If that’s not March Madness, then I don’t know what is.