Eight players get eight teams. Bring on the March Madness. It’s simple really.
In MDbirdlover’s opinion, this way is a whole lot easier than filling out a bracket. For me filling out a bracket is a sort of torture akin to doing a spinning class. The entire time I’m doing it I’m like why, why, why! I feel stressed and ready to quit. Right up until the very end. Then I’m just glad it’s finally over.
I have heard from people who fill out three or four brackets at a time. I applaud them! I’m bewildered with just one. I will say a multi-bracketed person must be a little insane too. Or a serious college basketball fan.
So anyway, I rounded up 8 players and each of them get eight teams. I drew names for the #1 and #2 seeds. I did the same for #3 and #4 seeds. However, if a player had a #2-seed they automatically got a #3-seed. If they drew a #1-seed they’d atomatically get a #4. I did this to try and even things out. After #1-4 seeds, it was a simple draw- going in order and sequence, trying to anyway.
The one time I participated in this type of pool was at my old job, and it was in the form of a live draft. It was a lot of fun! Of course, we played for money and I won with two of my teams representing in the Final Four. Winning always makes for good memories right! Plus, it was 2006- the year of the Cinderella team from George Mason (GM) and Jai Lewis and wouldn’t you know, I picked them. Why? No clue. I’d like to say it was because they had Maryland players (found that out later), but I’d be fibbing. I had no idea! (Incidentally, covering GM was my first field assignment as a sports reporter and it was off the hook!! Thanks Jai.)
That’s another thing, you don’t have to know anything about these teams to do a bracket. But don’t you feel like you should? You like that shade of orange in the Syracuse jersey (which really looks red to me) just go with it! President Obama picked against Arizona and you’re a Republican, go with Arizona! There is no strategy or bracket smarts. One upset can create complete chaos in the bracket world. Which is why people like me have a good chance of winning and darn-tooting I’ve filled out my bracket!
So anyway back to this version of March Madness. The grand prize goes to the last team standing. What’s the prize? It’s a surprise! But let me just say this, it’s going to be SWEET! Final Four players might get a little something too, it depends on what my ‘sponsors’ are willing to give up…
Here we go: GOOD LUCK AND THANKS FOR PLAYING!
Jeff: Michigan St., Villanova, Utah, LSU, Siena, Temple, Mississippi State, Robert Morris
Neil: Pittsburgh, Xavier, Purdue, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, VCU, W. Kentucky, Radford
Aaron: Connecticut, Washington, Florida State, BYU, Tenn., Utah St., Cleveland St., Moorehead
Blaze: Louisville, Wake Forest, Illinois, Ohio State, Butler, Dayton, Akron, Cal St. Northridge
Tom W: Duke, Kansas, W. Va., Clemson, USC, Arizona, N. Dakota St., Chattanooga
Jon P: Memphis, Missouri, Marquette, Texas, Maryland, Wisconsin, American U, Eastern Tennessee State U
Molly: NC, Gonzaga, UCLA, Calif, Morgan, Minn., Northern Iowa, Stephen Austin
Tracy: Oklahoma, Syracuse, Arizona State, Boston College, Michigan, Portland, Binghamton, Cornell
And away we go!!!