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March Madness

What’s the point of filling out a bracket for March Madness?  It always ends in disappointment.  The dream of a perfect bracket has eluded everyone who filled one out in the past and probably will for everyone in the future as well until the end of time.  There is always some low seeded team that beats a team they have no business beating (UAB and Georgia St.).  UAB destroyed everyone’s hopes within the first two hours of the beginning of the tournament by beating Iowa St.  From the perspective of someone who legitimately tries to have the perfect bracket, the NCAA Tournament only provides heartache and misery.

I tend to keep my expectations in check.  Because, let’s all be honest, nobody knows enough about of most of these teams to make an informed decision.  In my experience it comes down to seeding.  If I have no idea about a team I just pick the better seed. And even if you did know enough about all these smaller schools, any one of these teams can beat any other team on any given day.  You actually have a better chance at winning the lottery multiple times than you do picking the perfect bracket.  My main focus concerning bracket is to at least be correct on the final four.  If your final four ends up being correct that should give you enough point to be near the top of the rankings.  Plus, getting the final four correct is a lot easier.  Its better only having to worry about 4 teams versus 68.

First and foremost, I am a fan.  I know in the back of my head my bracket will just turn into a paper with a lot of wrong guesses on it so I just like to sit back and enjoy the madness.  Yesterday, for example, we had two big upsets right out of the gate.  14 seed UAB beat highly touted 3 seed Iowa St. and 14 seed Georgia St. beat 3 seed Baylor.  RJ Hunter of Georgia St.  made a near half-court shot with mere seconds remaining in the game to secure their huge upset win.  Not only was it exciting, it had a great story behind it too.  His father just happened to be the head coach of the team.  This was all just on the first day.

At the end of the day, March Madness isn’t about the brackets the fans create.  It’s about the pure uncertainty that any team can beat any team.  Even though it’s never happened yet, even the most unlikely of underdogs (16 Seeds) have a chance, although small, to make a run.  Every single game is exciting.  One and done.  You might as well leave it all out on the court because you might not be around long enough to see tomorrow. If yesterday was any indication of the rest of the tournament, we are all in for a very thrilling next couple weeks.  So put the bracket down and enjoy some of the best basketball the sport has to offer.

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg is originally from Tampa, FL. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a double major in Finance and Economics. Eric spends his time making tons of money on fantasy football.

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