Why I like the tourney
Why I like the tourney
Unless you live in a cave or live outside North America, surely you know the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament took place this weekend and will continue for the next two, as 65 basketball teams become 1 and national champion.
Unlike the Super Bowl, America's national holiday of sport, the Tourney is unpredicatble. Already, two number one seeds are gone, proving the adage that any team can beat any other team on any given day. Now, we have schools like UAB and Xavier in the Sweet 16 and I just sit back after my four days of basketball immersion, and marvel at it all. Fair? Not really, considering the quality spread of the teams, but it fun.
Of course, with any sporting event, there comes gambling. In this case, the office pool. The pool requires you to predict how the tournament will come out, and if you get close enough, you win a few hundred dollars. If you're insane, you bet the individual games, but most people stick with pools and hope for the best.
There is a lot of gambling on the tourney, but it's the friendly, friction free kind that even novices can get involved in. What's $10 in an office pool?
However, it's a very different thing for students and alumni. I may not care if Wisconsin wins, but I don't go there. It must be hellish for people who care about the teams on a personal level, because no matter how good your school's team is, they have to win six games in a row against the best teams in the country, amped up to play you.
But for the rest of us, it's an orgy of sport, on most of the day, making you pick underdogs and winners on the spot. You get to enjoy the beauty of the game and your ability to pick winners. But sometimes you forget the pool and just enjoy the underdog winning. These small schools go out there with nothing to lose, and just beat a major program. And the best part about the tourney is that it always happens. You may not know who, but you know it will.
Unlike the Super Bowl, this isn 't a food/party thing. It doesn't matter what you eat, wings, whatever, it's about the basketball.
There are few things in life as fulfilling as seeing the unexpected. The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament provides the unexpected as a matter of course.
posted by Steve @ 9:27:00 PM