March Madness Bracket Etiquette
It is quite possibly (with apologies to Christmas) the most wonderful time of the year. It is the NCAA Basketball Tournament otherwise known as “March Madness”. Get ready for nail-biters, buzzer beaters and three weeks of one of the things that makes America great.
CBS’ “Selection Show” was not the torture of last year even though once again Charles Barkley showed he has no business talking College Basketball.
This year’s tournament seems to once again be wide open with the exception of Villanova. The defending champions are the overall #1 seed in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Plus, the mid-major teams just do not seem to be as imposing as in previous years.
Now, let’s get to the subject of “Bracket Etiquette”.
1) STICK TO ONE SET OF PICKS
That is right. I don’t care how many “Bracket Challenges” you enter, you must stick to once set of picks. Actually I believe you should only fill out one bracket, but I know the lure of cash and prizes can be too much. If you make different picks on different brackets, you have no conviction in your beliefs. You are a “waffler”, a “flip-flopper” or some other names I probably shouldn’t use in this forum. MAKE YOUR PICKS AND STICK WITH THEM.
2) DO NOT MAKE FUN OF OTHER PEOPLE’S BRACKETS
You know why you shouldn’t make fun of other people’s brackets? Not because it isn’t cool, no. It is because we all know how this will play out. Jill in Human Resources who makes her picks based on team mascots and uniforms will end up winning the office pool. You know it, I know it. You may think you are the “Jay Bilas” of your office branch but you will probably end up dead last. So don’t make fun of other people’s brackets.
3) DO NOT TRASH OR DELETE YOUR BRACKETS
Trust me, I know how tempting it is to throw your brackets in the trash or delete your entry after a rough Thursday & Friday in the tournament. But guess what? Most of your friends are flaming out as well. Don’t give in. Stick with it. Who knows? By the end of the weekend you may be back in the mix….or Jill in Human Resources may be kicking your ass. Offer to buy her lunch to keep her from talking trash.
4) DO NOT ALTER YOUR PICKS
If you are like me, you fill out a paper bracket. You do it in pen. This shows that you have conviction in your picks. You know (or at least you think you do) which #9 seeds will beat the #8 seeds. Don’t be a weasel who fills it out in pencil only to try to erase it later. We can see the spots where something has been erased.
5) DON’T GO “ALL CHALK”
This is the NCAA Tournament. There will be upsets. That is what makes the event so much fun. It is true that a #16 seed has yet to topple a #1 seed. But you know there will be some #12 seeds who take down some #5s. Don’t be the guy or gal who picks “all chalk”. For those who don’t know, “all chalk” is where you pick the top seed in every match up, leading to a Final Four of all #1 seeds. Sure, your odds may be better off doing that, but where is the fun in that? It just shows your are a very dull individual.
Now that we have that out of the way, here is my one and only bracket. (Filled out in pen, by the way.)
Enjoy the Madness everyone…and why not follow me on twitter (@HarryFromCBus) as I once again renew my rivalry with truTV for being only worthwhile during the NCAA Tournament.