In March we talk basketball, basketball, basketball. My husband and son have been talking about it for weeks. I knew things had gotten out of control when our oldest daughter, Cortney, called last night for bracket advice. What has happened to our family?
Now it's important to know I hardly watch basketball. Yes, I sit in the living room during games and sometimes - only sometimes - I can tell you who is playing. I'm likely to notice all the crazy gear fans are wearing. I'm likely to notice the coach yell at the referee. I'm likely to notice a player trash talking another player, but the actual game I'm usually oblivious to.
This evening I headed out into cyberspace to find brackets to prove to my family that my lack of attention to the game could compete against their basketball knowledge. Yeah, I like to talk it up a bit. That's when I stumbled upon this post: The Non-Fan's Guide to the Watching the March Madness 2013 Tournament. I thought I'd offer my own advice for the tournament.
Top 5 Tips for March Madness Survival
5. Buy good snacks: No matter how bad the games get you'll have good food to eat. Maybe try a few of those Pinterest food pins you've been collecting. You've got the time.
4. Keep your computer charged: With your computer you can sit on the couch with everyone and appear to be watching every game - even throwing in a little commentary now and then - without really having to pay too much attention to it. A quick Google search will find any information you need. It's easy to add a little background information with Google at your fingertips.
3. Cheer on your conference: OK, I admit that when Charles Barkley started to belittle the Buckeyes and the Big Ten I got a little defensive. He went on about how the Big Ten was overrated and likely wouldn't do well in the tournament. Well, that got me a little fired up. It was similar to when someone starts saying mean things about your brother. It's a little personal. So I'm rooting for the Big Ten. Let's show Charles who's in charge.
2. Pick a Favorite Team: I remain loyal to my Buckeyes. I'm a graduate of The Ohio State University so I cheer them on throughout the tournament. Yeah, it's kind of easy to cheer on the Bucks. It doesn't matter who you root for during the tournament. You can root for the underdog, the top dog, your favorite mascot --- and you can change your mind about who you're rooting for whenever you want.
1. Make a bracket: Yes, challenge all the sport fanatics in your life to a little bracket challenge. Show them that brackets are as much luck as they are skill. Besides, it will give you something to talk about. The Non-Fan Guide suggests making more than one bracket so you can switch them when one starts to lose. I've never tried that, but I think I like the idea!