I just received the first of what promises to be many emails asking if I want to join someone’s “brackets”. If you’re one of those people, let me save you some time and let you know not to bother.
I find few things less interesting than the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, aka “March Madness”. I like most sports just fine. All except college basketball, that is. I think it’s because I have the uncanny ability (for a guy, anyway) to watch a game, enjoy it, and when it’s over, LET IT GO. I do not feel compelled in any way to spend the next 24 to 48 hours of my life rehashing every aspect of the game, much less getting emotionally involved in the outcome.
I work with guys (and I’m not kidding) who can tell you who the 7th round draft pick was for the Seattle Supersonics in 1998, where he went to college, and what his major stats are. Name pretty much any team, and at least one of these guys can give you a full-on 6 hour rant worthy of any competent sports radio guy. God forbid that someone has a differing opinion. Anyone Washingtonian reading this will probably understand why I usually take the day off following a Redskins – Cowboys game.
March Madness goes on so long, with so many games, that I just can’t justify devoting that kind of time to it. I suspect that March Madness taints all college basketball for me. I have a life, and I’m not going to spend a significant portion of it caring about how well a college basketball team does.
So when I get that email, this tends to be my response: