It’s that time of the year again. March tends to be a pretty wild month when you think about it and everyone seems just impatient waiting for the winter to end. From the killing of Julius Caesar to the day everyone becomes Irish, this month is all over the place.
However my favorite maddening tradition this month is, of course, basketball — my NCAA Final Four bracket (aka March Madness).
Every year I go into thinking this is the year I nail all my predictions, and every year I finish very middle of the pack. The odds on a perfect bracket are rough but, frankly, I am just looking to finish better than Obama this year. So to help ya out, Borderstan, here are five easy and simple thoughts to keep in mind when filling out your bracket this week.
Bracketology: Five Things to Remember
- DON’T OVERTHINK: So many errors happen because we all want to predict the big upset. That’s what makes them the big upset, the fact that you didn’t see it coming. Your bracket will do better if you stick with your first rational thought.
- Seeds are there for a reason: The seeding system isn’t just random. Yes some teams get more love than others but when thinking about who will win, read the seed before making a rash decision.
- Where is the game played?: Regions can make a big difference in the middle rounds. I love picking against smaller schools who have to travel long distances or a contender having to play in their nemesis backyard.
- History Isn’t Important: Yes we all know teams like Duke, Kansas, and Indiana. But that doesn’t mean a less-on-the-radar team, like Florida, Louisville, or Gonzaga, can’t make a deep run to the finals.
- It really doesn’t matter: No matter how hard you try, you can’t control anything. Finish your bracket on time and hope for the best. Best case scenario you win of your office/family/friends pool. Worst case you finish last and no one remembers it in a week.
The first game is this Thursday so fill out your brackets soon! Enjoy the Madness, Borderstan!
What Really Grinds My Gears
Did we even just have a real winter? Maybe we need a word for a cold fall that has no snow
Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!
- 50 common misconceptions. Worth watching whole video.
- Carlesberg friend test. I hope mine would pass.
- March Madness, explained through Star Wars.