"There are no secrets anymore in sport. Good grief, the best eighth-grade basketball players in the country are ranked. With his careful telling of the romantic saga of Magic and Bird, Seth Davis reminds us what fun it used to be when we could still be surprised, when a whole sport could be turned upside down, right before our wondering eyes. It's a delight to relive all that with When March Went Mad."—Frank Deford
“I can’t remember a behind-the-scenes story I have enjoyed more. A transcendent moment in sports that is so fully captured by Seth Davis -- I feel as if I was right in the middle of it all! Thanks, Seth, for the insight as to how this magical game is still a standalone event even thirty years later.”—Jim Nantz
"There is a lot more to what is known as ‘the Magic vs. Larry game’ than meets the eye. In When March Went Mad, Seth Davis does a superb job of shining a spotlight on many of those long-forgotten details."—John Feinstein
"Seth Davis’s When March Went Mad evokes more than a special season. Through deft reporting, he takes you behind the scenes from Terre Haute, Indiana, to East Lansing, Michigan, and on to the famous championship round in Salt Lake City. Best of all, though, Davis captures Larry Bird and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson as the young basketball genuises they were, basketball’s yin and yang, equal but opposing forces who would transform the game. This is a fine piece of work."—Mark Kriegel
"There are only a few perfect combinations in the world. Peanut butter on toast, scotch on ice, and Seth Davis on basketball."—Rick Reilly
Seth Davis is an on-air studio analyst for CBS Sports coverage of NCAA basketball and is an on-air host, reporter, and analyst for the CBS College Sports network. He is also a staff writer at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he has worked since 1995, primarily covering college basketball and golf. A graduate of Duke University, Davis lives with his family in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
To read about the mini-biographies of Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson was so inspiring.
Seth Davis does a great job of describing the background of both Magic Johnson/Michigan State and Larry Bird/Indiana State.
A few observations would have been enough, instead of the repetition used to pad the size of the book.
The calendar confirms it. It really has been more than 30 years since Magic Johnson and Michigan State played Larry Bird and Indiana State for the NCAA basketball... Read morePublished 2 months ago by WDX2BB
In the Spring of 1979, there were two teams on an inevitable, collision course ~ perhaps more-so than any other two teams in the history of the NCAA tournament. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. Roberts
The first NCAA final four I remember was 1977, but this was the one that really made college basketball (and the NBA) hot. ESPN may have succeeded anyway, but the Bird vs. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Thomas Kelly
This is the first “Sports Book” I have ever read. It is the story of the 1979 NCAA finals; the story of Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Simple Citizen
Such a great read. I find Bird's story far more interesting in Magic but I didn't hate any part of this read. Such a great book.Published 14 months ago by Ethan S. Guymon
Our book club read this - an unusual choice for ladies but we loved it. It brought back the memories of not only this great game and its great players, but how the tournament... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gloria
First, some disclosure: I requested this book through the Amazon Vine program because I thought my boyfriend would enjoy it, since he's a die-hard basketball fan. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by atisheh
As much as this was about the game, this is also a statement about how College basketball became what it is. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by ..one small voice.
If you are a fan of college basketball, this is a great book to read, especially in March when the NCAA tournament is underway. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by B. Adducchio