Have Bracket, Will Pick ‘Em

All righty, basketball fans (or non-basketball fans who are gamers because they’ve decided to fill out brackets this year):

If you’d like to join our NCAA Tournament Challenge group on espn.com, it’s all set up and ready to go. If you’ve never set up an ESPN account before, you’ll need to do that; if you do have an ESPN account, you can log in after you click over to join our group.

You can start making your selections just as soon as the brackets are announced this Sunday. And don’t worry: if you’ve never filled out an NCAA bracket before, it’s totally easy. I usually go through and make selections for the teams I know a little bit about, and then I make the rest of my selections based on one of the following three criteria:

1) blind conference loyalty (I almost always pick SEC schools)
2) which city I like better of the two cities represented in a given game
3) which school’s mascot would most likely win in a toe-to-toe wrestling match

As you can see, my method is very fancy. And it probably helps to explain why my bracket pretty much self-destructs by the third round.

Even though the primary purpose of our little tournament group is just to have some good, clean fun, there will be a small prize for the winner (just for kicks and bragging rights, you understand). Last year’s winner was Jackie, and the winner two years ago was Kat. They are formidable competition (Kat almost won again last year), but I have no doubt that there are some brilliant basketball minds – and/or some excellent guessers – who are going to give them a run for the money in 2011.

I think that’s just about covers it, but if you have any questions, just let me know in the comments. Since I’m the only group member right now, I’m sure my username will be tickled to death to have a little company once some more people join the group. And if your husbands or boyfriends want to join the group, that’s totally fine – just tell them that they can’t whine when we all put the March Madness smackdown on their tournament picks.

(In my spare time, I sometimes enjoy some good-natured trash talking.)

(This is why it’s often in my best interest to watch rivalry games from the comfort and security of my home.)

Happy Brackets, y’all!

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  1. Jenn H. says:

    I just clicked through to check it out and had to laugh at your motto. :)
    A couple months back, one of the CA brand bacons had an advertising campaign using this tagline: “Who cares what the question is? The answer is ALWAYS bacon.”
    Reminded me of you. :)

  2. ~Barbaranne~ says:

    I can’t follow NCAA basketball because I am still trying to figure out if there will be a draft and who I am praying will be taken from Clemson, but I had to tell you that based solely on your recommendation; I tried the banana pudding milkshake!!!

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe that someone stole my Grammy’s recipe and made it into a milkshake.

    I may or may not have raised hands right in the car.


  3. Michelle says:

    Have you seen the SNL skit with Peyton Manning and Amy Pohler talking about their march madness brackets? One of the funniest I’ve seen!

  4. Signed up. I love how you pick your brackets. Makes perfect sense to me. ;) I am loyal to the SEC and of course it would be nice to see one of the SEC teams win it all. Thanks for setting this up. Hopefully our brackets will not go up in flames this year.

  5. i love march madneSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ill be playing along WIth ya SiSta!

    bring it on!!:)

  6. I’m going to sign up–and look out–y’all got an ACC girl in the mix now, HA!!!

  7. Hahaha…love March Madness! We have a pool here at work and I’ve pretty much gotten over the “because it’s the Vols!!” thing. I’ve been told many a time you have to go with the statistics and not with the blind team love. I play two and I can’t wait to fill them out later!!

  8. Isn’t that how everyone picks the winner? Your method is very logical because who really knows how this turns out! And yes, we love bacon.

  9. I will be joining the bracket in the hope of winning something! When you are a NMSU Aggie alumni and fan there is never really much to cheer about out here in the WAC.

  10. Big 12 Represent!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOO HOO

  11. You have an ESPN account? My word.

  12. woah. crazy out of control! but crazy fun too! I live in Kansas. need I say more???

  13. I signed up for the bracket fun, but then I realized that I will be babysitting the youngest one next week, and will be computer-less! Sad! So, don’t judge me because I don’t get to enter my picks.

    You know who I want to win anyway! Yes, I’m a dreamer! Have fun with the brackets!

  14. I was hoping you would do this again! I rarely make it out of round 2 because I pick my entire bracket in favor of the underdogs (must be from watching “Rudy” too many times). Good luck!

  15. What’s March Madness? Just kidding. Last year I had my 3 year old pick all the teams and I won our family bracket. This year she is 4, so now she’s probably even an ever better chooser. So, ya’ll watch out! ha!

  16. I’m in!

    GO Gators and Go SEC, except if Baylor gets in then I gotta pick them, too.

    Looking forward to the madness.

  17. I was just talking about you last night! We were watching our team (UNT) lose in the last second of the championship game of the conference tournament. We are seriously heartbroken. My husband was pacing and trying not to watch and then watching and just anxious the last several minutes. Made me think of you and vacuuming. I’ll cheer for the Bulldogs since my team won’t make the Big Dance this year. But, five seasons in a row of 20+ wins is something to celebrate and our recruiting class was ranked 31 in the country! I’m afraid LSU is going to lure our coach away though, since he’s an alum.

    I love talking sports with other bloggers! :)