BTW, iPhone typing and editing sucks.
Anyone know how it cMe to be called "The Dance"?
Anyone have a clue?
FWIW (=not much), it was my impression that "the dance" was first used to refer to the tourney by Al McGuire, when he used to be the color(ful) commentator with Dick Enberg on NBC in the early 80s. One of his catchphrases was, you have to dance with the girl who brought you there. Meaning, whatever you did well all year to win games, keep doing that in the tourney even if you think your next opponent will kill it. Eg, if you are VCU, keep playing havic even if you are facing an NBA pointguard on a team with fewest turnovers. Or, eg, dont be a Florida -- dont give up your press and start pretending you are an interior-oriented team that you havent been all year.
Im sure 50% of you didnt even know NBC used to broadcast the tourney. Some you who do might remember Gary "US" Bonds and "Shoes," some of Al's fave role players.
My first inclination was Al McGuire too, and that may be the case. Here's a story that says he called it "the big dance" when he was still coach at Marquette in 1977.
and it turned up this bleacher report article that indicates that Marquette's coach coined it in 1977
“The year we won it all , Coach McGuire wore a lucky blue blazer. At the end of the season, a reporter asked him if he’d keep wearing it during the Tournament. Al said, 'Absolutely. You gotta wear the blue blazer when you go to the big dance.'"
Take it FWIW. Not the most reliable of sources
Bill Murray used the term "Cinderella Story" in Caddyshack to refer to an underdog winning. So underdogs are Cinderella. Cinderella went to the ball also known as a dance. Hence, the big dance.
downvoted for the not-neccesary and over-played Al Gore comment.