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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Mazzoni

March Madness or Sadness?

I’m not a basketball fan. I don’t have anything against basketball, I just don’t watch it. I feel like they need to make the baskets higher or something. It just seems so easy to score compared to other sports. Anyway, I don’t want to start a flame war about basketball. I really don’t know enough about it for that. My mother-in-law, a lovely woman who likes basketball (and I think even more than that likes math and charts) does the bracket thing with the family every year. We all get emailed a chart to fill out. There are prizes for the winners. The basketball loving members of the family are very into this. My husband and I look blankly at each other every year and then begin to fill out the brackets based on our minimal knowledge. Colin’s strategy seems to revolve around Catholic universities. I think this is based on a desire to please his mother on some level rather than because he thinks Catholic universities have superior basketball programs. I could be wrong though, because I don’t really know. Maybe the Catholics have nailed the whole basketball thing. My personal strategy is based on choosing schools based on whether I know anyone who went there, whether I’ve ever been to that city, or whether I’ve ever been to that state. If none of those criteria apply to a bracket, I choose based on whether I’ve ever heard of the school, or failing that, how geographically close to me the school is. So far, I’m not doing too badly. I’m in the middle of the list for scores so far. 

Mostly March Madness only serves to remind me of how much I miss NFL football. 

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