If you are a basketball fan this is a great time. Tournaments, championships, the NCAA selection show, the tournament, all piled up in a wild stretch of round ball insanity. A fan's dream. Nonstop basketball, "bracketology," March Madness, preceded by the "the road to the Final Four," "the journey to the tourney."
Of course, not all schools follow these successful paths to the post season, some schools travel the more leisurely "avenue to mediocrity," or "boulevard to the bottom." These roads take much less effort, and a more manageable investment of time and resources. Many of the teams I watch, and for whom I root follow these paths almost yearly.
But, I still manage to find a team to pick to win the tournament every year. Normally they don't. It doesn't really matter who I think is going to win, I have to pick a team that I like. "Don't bet with your heart, bet with your head," was the constant advice from the owner of the Hub Bar. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Here is the problem. There are three options, I can pick a team I hate, and have to root for them to win. No thanks. I can not pick a team at all, and be on the outside looking in, as it were, that is not really appealing. Or, I can pick a team that I want to win, and root for them, hoping for a miracle, pulling for the long shot underdog.
Isn't that really the America way, isn't really the American dream? A dark horse, coming from the back of the pack, flying past the middle of the pack, driving hard down the home stretch and leaving all of the basketball aristocracy behind, wondering who these upstarts with the fresh, pimply faces and the unfamiliar uniforms are, isn't that what the tournament is all about? Isn't that what America is all about?
So, if you know people who ridicule your picks, if you have "experts," or "bracketologists" who question your choices, tell them, "anybody can pick the winner. Try picking losers for a while, then come see me."
Saturday, March 14, 2015
NCAA tournament, picks, and more picks,
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.