For University Park resident Tom Bowen, the NCAA basketball tournament truly brings out a case of March madness.
For more than 30 years, Bowen and two friends — Jim Wikman and John Ries of Coppell — have made an annual trip to watch games in person on each weekend of the tournament. They typically attend 18 games per year over three weeks, including 12 games in one four-day stretch.
That equates to almost 400 games, including 26 Final Fours, in cities and arenas throughout the country. And the trio, known as The Basketball Mavens, has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
At any rate, Bowen and his friends have been selected as one of 10 finalists by a panel of judges in a nationwide ESPN contest to enter the Fan Hall of Fame. If they are chosen, they will be inducted at a ceremony at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. And in true fan-friendly fashion, this will be determined by a public vote, so you can help them get there by voting here.