March. It’s such a great month. There are so many things going on. There’s St Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring, Easter, (depending on the year) and my personal favorite; March Madness. If you’re not sure what that is, March Madness is the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament. This is where 68 teams from Division I schools are chosen to compete in a single elimination tournament. Hundreds of thousands of college sports fans (maybe even millions) pick their brackets to see how well they can predict what will happen. This is a serious competition with huge cash prizes. Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the richest people in the world, has offered a prize of $1 million a year for life to any of his employees who pick a perfect bracket. This year, that prize will double if Nebraska or Creighton University (in Nebraska) win the championship.
In the beginning of the tournament there are times when there are 4 different games playing on 4 different channels on the T.V. Back when we were first married, my husband and I had 3 T.Vs; one in our living room, one in our bedroom, and one in our basement. For a better part of the tournament he would have a different game on each television and would flip between 2 games on the main T.V. A girl can only work on jigsaw puzzles and knit for so long before she needs to take a break.
It was probably during the 2nd year we were married that I decided I was going to attempt to make my own bracket picks. I’d flip a coin to decide between teams, I’d have my daughter choose, or I’d base my pick on which school color scheme I liked better.
If I was going to be stuck watching basketball, I might as well bet on it and maybe win some money. I mean, if you can’t beat them, join them.
I was pretty good at beating him too. The first year I made my picks, I ended up crushing my husband’s bracket. In fact, I’m pretty sure that every year since, I’ve done better.
In the end, since I won’t be quitting my job and working for Warren Buffett, having those bragging rights is all that really matters to me.
Not that I’d have a chance for a perfect bracket this year anyway.
How about you? Do you get into March Madness? How is your bracket doing?