The one common and unifying bond that brings people together to push through this boring time of the year for sports, and lousy weather is the NCAA tournament. People from all walks of life unite for a shot to have bragging rights over their friends. My years of following basketball have left me with some insight of what to look out for in the tournament.
Knowledge & Statistics Mean NOTHING
We all have that one somewhat bizarre and unusual friend still reliving his glory days by screaming at the TV screen four nights a week for the entire duration of the college basketball season. Any time you see this person in public, they talk your ear off about college basketball. And, all you are thinking is ” Dude, don’t you have a job or other adult responsibilities?”
The NCAA tournament is a complete crap-shoot. That is why these are the people that are likely to be mathematically eliminated from the prize quickest. This means that you will probably have some consoling to do of a broken heart.
#12 Seeds Winning Is NOT a Shock!
The one staple of the NCAA tournament is that the #12 seeds are just about always guaranteed to pull of an upset. I can remember back 20 years ago when I first got a hold of this information. I thought that this was some kind of insider info that only “top bookies” knew about it. That secret has long been let out of the bag.
For Entertainment Purposes ONLY
This is one of the longest standing jokes in the history of sports gambling. I started running basketball pools when I was 13 years old. Under the strong encouragement of my father, I was always told to throw “For Entertainment Purposes ONLY,” at the bottom of my bracket sheets that I distributed to my friends.
I am not certain those words would have much pull in the principal’s office. I am also not convinced the FBI is prowling the streets at night in March looking for people running tournament pools amongst friends with a $100 jackpot winner.
It still makes me chuckle every time I see those words.
Are you already depressed about Day One’s results? Next year, tack your bracket to a dart board. Pick your winners that way. These are just kids playing a game. You should just have fun too!