March Madness, and 3 billion reasons to be interested

Posted by jon on March 18, 2009 in sports talk |

Today is a day that our culture has designated acceptable to miss or duck out of work.  In fact missing work for the beginning of March Madness is almost a noble act.  I saw on ESPN.com where the President took time to fill in his bracket so who am I to argue with the leader of the free world (I think I have decided to steer away from political content at this time).  I however will not be missing work to watch any games.  Not out of a deep sense of commitment to my job, or some misguided idea that “it’s only a game,” will I be at work, but rather I am less than a huge college basketball fan.  As a matter of fact, I will likely watch very few NCAA tournament games.  I consider myself something of a sportscenter fan when it comes to most sports outside of football.  Why watch a two or three hour game when ESPN will happily distil it down to the essential 90 sec highlight, and I can mark my bracket and move on.


And yes I did fill in my bracket.  For anyone curious to see here it is.  I have North Carolina winning the whole thing, but even as I type this it sounds as though one of their best players is out with an injury.  I guess there goes my bracket.  I heard on the radio today that 3 billion dollars goes into tournament office pools every year.  That’s billion with a “B” all over school names on lines.



 I think it’s the brackets.  Brackets make everything much more interesting.  If I put breakfast cereals on a bracket people would jump to break down the match ups and give their learned outlook on matter at hand.  But alas I digress.  I’ll save the breakfast food faceoff for another day.

So, we’ll see how I do, and there will be no billions wagered on this bracket, but here’s a scary thought, in the president’s tourney pool do you think the winner gets to pass his/her legislation of choice? Just a thought.


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