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From 蘋果日報雙語天下長春藤美語

NCAA三月瘋


全美大學體育聯盟第一級(NCAA Division I)男籃錦標賽向來是轟動全美的傳統體育慶典,無數球迷為之瘋狂,由於賽事在三月舉行,所以向來被大家稱為「三月瘋」(March Madness)。其風靡程度僅次於美式足球超級杯,甚至超過 NBA 總決賽以及美國職棒大聯盟的世界大賽系列。
Shooting Hoops

 Most high school athletes that dream of making it to the NBA have to go through at least one year of college first. For many, this is an exciting time because they are away from their parents and are treated like celebrities on campus. What's more, in March, the top 68 college teams in the US battle each other in the exciting tournament nicknamed March Madness.
When players get to the NBA, they feel like they have hit the lottery because they start making millions of dollars. Each team has between 12 and 15 players, but only 10 of them get a lot of playing time. On each of the 30 teams in the NBA are one or two superstars since that is all the owners can afford. Recently, though, superstars have been accepting less money to surround themselves with better players, which increases their chances of winning championships.
大多數夢想進入NBA殿堂的高中運動員都必須至少先念一年的大學。這對許多球員來說是個令人興奮的時刻,因為他們遠離了父母,並在校園裡享有名人般的待遇。此外,全美最頂尖的六十八支大學球隊在三月時,會於一場暱稱為「三月瘋」的錦標賽中一較高下。
球員進入NBA後會覺得自己彷彿中了頭彩,因為他們開始賺進數百萬美元。每支球隊擁有十二到十五名球員,但其中只有十名球員能得到很多上場時間。NBA的三十支球隊中,各隊都有一兩位超級球星,這是因為每位老闆也只能負擔得起這麼多。然而最近這些超級巨星開始接受較少的薪資,只為了能讓自己跟較優秀的球員一同奮戰,藉此提升奪冠的機會。 


生活必備字詞
●make it to... 設法到達……
Kyle dreams of making it to the top of the business world.
●go through...
 經歷/遭遇……
Tommy went through a long selection process before he was offered a part in the show.
●celebrity
 n.名人;明星
●surround
 vt.使環繞,使圍繞 




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