Being the hyper-competitive person that I am, I have been irrationally
excited about the office March Madness tournament ever since Lorena told me
about it months ago. So excited in fact, that I made sure I had my bracket filled out
and sent in before the first round, despite being out of the country when they were
released. Upon my return back to the office, I couldn’t wait to see everyone’s picks
and how they were faring so far. Now, I had carefully calculated all my picks after
spending hours upon hours of watching film, studying plays and asking my dad and
brother who they would pick. (OK, at least one out of three of those are true). So
when I saw some of the teams my co-workers had picked, I couldn’t help but
wonder what kind of strategy went into their decision-making process.
Most intriguing was Kristin picking UNLV to make it to the championship. I of course had
to ask her how she had determined this number five ranked, Mountain West team (GO CSU!)
would make it all the way to the finals. Her response? “Well, I don’t know, I like
Vegas and I’m going there this weekend.” Fair enough. If they had won, it would
have been a remarkable pick. After watching Louisville play in the tournament thus
far, it’s become evident they will be almost impossible to beat. Cassandra had
brilliantly picked Louisville to win it all, and it’s looking like she’s going to be right.
When I asked her how she picked her teams she said, “I chose first on if I knew
anyone at the school and second if I heard they were a good basketball school.”
Bulletproof strategy if you ask me, seeing as she is only one of two brackets left that
could have the potential winner correct.
Overall I think March Madness is 85 percent luck and 15 percent strategy. Everyone’s
brackets took a huge hit when top teams like Georgetown and Gonzaga lost and 15
seed Florida Gulf Coast made it past the first and second rounds. But that’s the best
part, never knowing what is going to happen, seeing huge upsets, major comebacks
and history-making Cinderella stories. I can’t wait to see how the rest of it plays out
in Atlanta. Be sure to comment and let us know who you picked to go all the way
Author’s note: I’m currently winning in picks, despite Duke feeling bad for Louisville
after the whole Kevin Ware vomit-inducing injury thing and letting them win. Feel
better big guy, I wish I had seen your team run that full court press before I picked
you to lose in the elite eight.
– Kelsie Hower, Starboard Associate