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The five tourney commandments

Brian Murphy offers five rules to follow during March Madness, from defending your conference mates to taming your heckling.

Updated: March 16, 2006, 1:31 PM ET
By Brian Murphy | Special to Page 2

This week, and the following three weeks, are very special to us, my fellow Americans.

These are important times. These are times of 12-seeds and Verne Lundquist's poetry; of mid-majors and 9 a.m. Pacific tip times. These are times when we gather at The Cooler and understand this: We have social obligations during March Madness, also.

This is no time to slack off. This is no time to get lazy, fall asleep on the couch or go see a matinee with the loved ones. This is the tourney, ...

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