It's here my favorite time of year!!! March Madness! I grew up in a basketball home and March Madness is our thing. I loved gathering around the TV or going to the Verizon Center and watching Georgetown play. I am definitely one of those children who inherited their love for their team via their parents. But, no regrets even if Georgetown has been sucked these past few seasons.
With March madness comes brackets and I my friends am a serious bracket maker. I think it's the math nerd in me. Once you minor in math and decide you actually really like the subject there's no going back. Happy pie day, by the way. Anyways brackets are a serious thing in this house. Over the years I've perfected my bracket making skills and, done pretty well for myself. So I'm sharing my secrets for your office pool successes.
I make three brackets. The first one is where all my research goes into. All those hours I spent watching games at the bar instead of doing my readings and, Saturdays spent yelling at the TV was for this bracket. I use statistics and data to back up my predictions to make THE bracket. The next bracket is my emotional bracket. When Georgetown was winning, I'd just write them winning the whole thing. This is where I root for all the underdogs tugging at my heartstrings and all those teams I've watched claw their way to the top. My last bracket is a mix of the two. It's where I have smart upsets, emotionally driven decisions and, strategic wins planned out. I think it's a thing of beauty.
This year I've decided on UNC to win the whole thing. I know a lot of experts are going to Kansas, but from what I've seen UNC is consistently the most well rounded team and they're in the toughest conference. But that's just my two cents on the matter.
I always enter in fairly casual pools among coworkers and friends. We each throw in a five or twenty and watch the madness unfold. I personally think, pools are why it's so fun to watch the tournament even when your team gets knocked out.
Do you watch the tournament at all? If so who is your team?
PS. For all my east coasters out there, happy snow day!