This morning I opened up my email and found a message from my brother inviting me to some family bracket fun for march madness.
Before we go any further, I should probably tell you that I enjoy watching sports. In person. I get bored and distracted when watching sports on tv. I’m just being honest (although, if we’re going to be honest, I get bored and distracted watching many things on tv). I love going to sporting events in person. I love the energy and excitement in the air. If for some reason I don’t have a stake in the game, just tell me who to cheer for and I am in wholeheartedly. I once sat on the floor at a Timberwolves game and it was amazing. Your son has a little league baseball game? I’ll be there. Anything to do with the Twins? Without question.
All that to say, I don’t follow college basketball. Not because I dislike sports, but because I just don’t like watching sports on tv. I do however support those who do (much like Derek Zoolander, when he says, “Sting would be another person who’s a hero. The music he’s created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that”).
Back to the story at hand. I got this invite and I thought, sure I’ll do it, but what do I know about March Madness? Then I signed into Facebook and saw links to these two blog posts: March Madness from Women at Hope with some NCAA tournament basics as well as a couple tips for bracketing, and Cor’s post, which I knew would have good stuff too.
I was feeling prepared, and even went so far as to create my log in for the family pool, but then I did other things, like make hair appointments, do my taxes, read for Bible study, and wash my clothes.
Good thing I didn’t fill out my bracket yet. Knowing my ignorance and my love of ridiculous “news” articles relating to sports, my mom sent me this link to the Huffington Post’s article on picking your teams. It is worth the click. Now after reading it, I’ll go bracket-it-up, keeping gems like these in my back pocket:*
Tip #2: Pick a team with blue as one of their colors to win the tournament.
Tip #5: Grasp on to any inane reason or urge you have to pick one team over another (as long as it isn’t basketball-related)
Tip #1: Do not, under any circumstances, watch a college basketball game before the start of the tournament.
Tip #9: Don’t spend more than, like, five minutes filling out your bracket.
Tip #4: Defend any pick you make to your basketball-savvy friends by saying “They’re a second-half team with strong guard play.” This means literally nothing and can be applied to any team.
*previously stated gems/tips come straight from Huffington Post. They are not my own brilliance or the brilliance of anyone I know.
I will now set my pretty new kitchen timer from anthropologie that I got for my birthday to replace the pretty new kitchen timer from anthro that I got for Christmas and promptly broke, to five minutes and go fill out my bracket. You should too. Except find your own bracket, because you probably aren’t in my family and thus aren’t invited. Sorry! I wish you all the best in all your bracketing endeavors.