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Moving the Floor to the Final Four

It’s a good bet that when Kentucky, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Duke take to the court for the NCAA Men’s Final Four this weekend in Indianapolis, the last thing on the minds of the players will be the wood beneath their feet.

But if they only knew the lengths to which a 143-year-old business rooted in Amasa, Mich., went to source, build and transport college basketball’s most prestigious court to the site of the NCAA Final Four, they might have a greater appreciation for all that hardwood. Read More »

5 Extraordinary Things UPS Shipped in 2012

While there’s no question delivering brown boxes is a huge part of what we do, UPS also transports many items that are not so run of the mill. Even compared to 2011, when we transported a polar bear from Alaska to Kentucky, this year has been full of exciting shipments and logistical triumphs.

Intrigued? Here are just five examples of some of the most offbeat and extraordinary things we moved in 2012:

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Logistics and Basketball: Video
UPS Freight

For a basketball junkie like me, the draft is one of the most entertaining nights of the year. It includes anticipation, suspense, dreams coming true – all the elements of a compelling story.

Last night’s draft was of particular interest to me, because UPS delivered the 2012 NCAA® Men’s Final Four® court to New Orleans back in March, where some of the players that were drafted performed brilliantly in front of a worldwide audience.

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Some Memories Don’t Fade – the 1992 Duke-UK Game Revisited
The Pass

Recently UPS launched some new television ads in conjunction with the start of NCAA March Madness. One of these commercials features footage from the 1992 East Regional Finals in which the Duke Blue Devils beat the University of Kentucky Wildcats in overtime with just 2.6 seconds left on the clock.

I remember that game very well. UK was still feeling the sting from being on NCAA probation that kept them out of post-season play for two years and the team’s four seniors – Richie Farmer, Sean Woods, John Pelphrey and Deron Feldhaus along with sophomore Jamal Mashburn – gave everyone in the Big Blue Nation a much needed shot of hope. Had there been a little more time on the clock that night in Philadelphia, fate might have been kinder to the Wildcats – but it just didn’t happen.

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On the Road (Literally) to the NCAA Final Four

Around mid-March every year, a chronic and widespread delirium spreads across the U.S.that often results in a substantial loss of productivity in the workplace – or so I’ve heard. The cause, of course, is the NCAA basketball tournament, which gets underway March 13.

The championship series will be especially exciting for me this year because UPS is playing a very important behind-the-scenes role in delivering the tournament to college basketball fans.

On March 16, the court flooring that will be used in the 2012 NCAA Final Four will begin a seven-city tour via UPS Freight.  The court, which was manufactured by Connor Sport Court, will stop at select college campuses and UPS facilities to generate excitement about the tournament before finally making its way to the Superdome in New Orleans on March 23, just in time for the national semifinals.

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For the Love of the Game – and a Chance to Win Tickets to the NCAA Final Four

Print MadnessI am a sports fan.Yes, I am a loyal fan to a handful of particular teams but overall, I am just a fan. I love a close game. I love the players’ passion. I love the camaraderie of the fan base. I am a sports fan.

A couple of years ago, I got to attend the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, which is one of the hardest tickets to get in sports. In the Final Four, Memphis beat UCLA and Kansas beat North Carolina. I just happened to be sitting in the Kansas section. The Jayhawk fans’ energy and love of the team was infectious. I found myself chanting their cheers and pulling for their team. I became a Jayhawks fan for that weekend.

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