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It’s March Madness Time!

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It’s that time of year! Sports fans are picking college basketball teams and creating brackets for who they believe will be  champions. Every spring this event is awaited with much anticipation.  An article titled ‘The 23 Rules for Winning March Madness’ from The Wall Street Journal gives tongue-in-cheek tips for those who are interested in participating in on the fun.

Some of these tips include:

  • You will lose to someone who has never watched an NCAA basketball game in his or her life. You will also lose to a 7-year-old, a golden retriever and a lobster.
  • You’re totally allowed to go into your bracket at any time and change all of your picks. This is what your boss has done for years.
  • Yes “Bracketology” is a word. But it is also a felony to say “Bracketology.”

But for those who take the excitement a little more seriously, it is a way for basketball fans to get close to the action. If you’re not into basketball, the fuss can seem confusing  but as Doug Bradly put it in his article

“It’s the equivalent of the Super Bowl, World Series and Mardi Gras all rolled into one”

68 college teams fight to be called champions of March Madness and fans try to predict who it will be along the way.

HowStuffWorks.com helps to explain how a committee picks teams that will participate. There is criteria that teams must have to be considered like rank in national polls and Conference record.  “For those teams that aren’t invited, there is no appeals process.” It’s a tough fight to get into March Madness and the committee picks the most deserving teams.

The Facebook page for March Madness has over 200,000 likes and 19,000 people discussing the topic.  Fans also are linked to pages  helping them create their own 2012 bracket.  Check it out to start your own!

Needless to say, this isn’t some fad that will soon fade away. Sports fans will be on the edge of their seats to see who will win this year.


4 responses

  1. Great article that is also funny. I like the bulleted list and how you listed links to each of the articles and websites you read. I also liked how you listed the social media statistics.

    March 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

  2. It’s good to promote this as more as just a time for sports fanatics.
    “It’s the equivalent of the Super Bowl, World Series and Mardi Gras all rolled into one.”-Very true. Students all over the nation have this marked on their calendars. It’s a huge celebration for everyone, not just the teams and fans. It allows the community a chance to get involved and show their support as well! 🙂

    March 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

  3. And I really do wonder how much you can trust people when it comes to changing their brackets. Good point there too.

    March 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm

  4. nicoleshoe

    Very interactive article and layout!

    April 2, 2012 at 4:24 am

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