Everyone Fills out a Bracket by: Zach Humphries: Radio host of the Freeze
Is it just me, or is March Madness in full effect this year? I understand that sports fans have the month of March marked on the calendar (like myself). However, it seems that in recent years, March Madness, and especially filling out brackets, has become even more popular. I feel like more and more non-sports fans are beginning to see the greatness of all the games shrunk into a few weeks.
One defining moment is when the President of the United States starting filling out his bracket. ESPN quickly coined the segment, "Barackatology." While this segment was again included this year, it just seems even more people have jumped on the bandwagon and are ready to watch the madness unfold. While the President is an avid sports fan, he may have opened the door for many people who before were more casual fans and just watched the games.
While some people don't know much about the team dynamics and how the teams matchup with one another, they still find away to make their picks. For instance, everyone has heard of twenty-two year-old girlfriend winning everyone's money. She quickly glanced at the bracket and started selecting teams based on which color schemes she liked the most. Then, when it came down to the final four, she went with the team who had the best looking head coach. It seems that even non-sports fans have taken notice that they've got as good a chance to win their bracket challenge as anyone else. One of the great things about March Madness is its unpredictability. It doesn't matter if your a so-called expert. It doesn't matter how much regular season NCAA basketball you've watched. All that matters is that you fill out a bracket. If you do, you've got as good as a chance to take home the money or bragging rights as anyone else.