Posted July 20, 2018 at 06:00 AM | Updated July 20, 2018 at 11:34 AM
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Four Chapman at the front door of his Colonial Park apartment, the epicenter of perhaps the most fun of all NCAA basketball tournament contests for a dozen years (1993-2004) — Moo’s March Madness.
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To a college basketball gambling enthusiast, walking into Four Chapman’s modest townhouse apartment today and simply looking around is something of a historical experience. Sort of like a space nut examining the remnants of Pad 39A at Cape Canaveral.
There’s the weathered carpet, speckled with the stains of a hundred March Madness parties.
There and there and there are where the three phones sat for calling in bets, including the one everyone could remember back in the days before cellphones – 717-651-MOOS.
There’s the spot where the old PC used to be with the Excel spreadsheet constantly pulled up ready to be filled with the day’s hundreds of plays.
“This is where it all went down,” said Chapman recently, somewhat proudly recalling a crazier time in his life where big ideas in young minds came to fruition against all odds.
This was the nerve center of the nuttiest NCAA basketball tournament contest maybe ever devised – Moo’s March Madness. It was the ultimate college hoops celebration, one that ended up spreading up and down the I-95 corridor from 1993 to 2004 and involving more than 400 players at one point. It went on for three weeks. It was a raucous event among friends, albeit a very extended circle, organized and operated wholly without bookies or vigorish.
And it was a blast.
Four Chapman explains how he got the original idea for Moo’s March Madness in a van with friends rolling down I-83 to a St. John’s @ Georgetown basketball game in February 1993.
“It was an NCAA pool that brought a lot of people together, all of whom shared a similar passion,” said Chapman recently. At that time, he was a young PIAA state champion head football coach (McDevitt, 1995). He’s still a high school teacher today (sports/entertainment marketing and business law at Central Dauphin).
“It was a boatload of work, but we all loved doing it because it provided so much enjoyment to all of us.”
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