Out of all the fantasy sports games, none is as widely followed and causes more angst than the NCAA Basketball Championship brackets. It’s lead to a whole new term, March Madness, thanks partially to Brent Musburger. It has lead to more confetti than a Super Bowl Champion parade after almost everyone’s brackets are decimated after the first two rounds.
March Madness has also lead to me pretending to be a sports psychologist and breaking down the personalities of bracketology. But today, I decided to break away from these personalities to see just how much effort should go into selecting a bracket.
This time? No effort at all, as I randomly selected the winners for each round. Well, it was a little tough trying to scroll around on a computer screen, clicking teams randomly. Sometimes, I even clicked on an ad (as nice as it would be to buy a Lexus, I’m not ready for a new car yet.)
So as you scramble to finalize your brackets before deadline, I give you my random bracket. I’m positive I’ll beat you.
As you can see, my random selection did not take a #16 seed over a #1 seed, because even the gods of randomness won’t allow that to happen, but Louisville won’t even get by Manhattan, Harvard is getting into the Sweet 16 along with Eastern Kentucky and American, and Memphis is making it to the Final Four.
Keep up to date, as I will be updating my scoring, for better or for worse.
End of Round 2 Update:
Well, it’s official. Picking a bracket randomly may very well be worse than picking it yourself. At least, that’s the way it is in my case.
Manhattan College and Eastern Kentucky are not going to the Sweet 16. American University is not going to the Elite 8.
If your bracket is worse than this, you may want to give up on office pools forever.
So how could it possibly get any worse? I didn’t have enough teams left to get worse, but I did.
In Round 3, my randomized upsets that were not to be cleared out my entire East bracket. Sadly, Memphis was not destined to make it to the Final Four, and I only have 3 teams left in my Elite Eight.
End of Sweet 16 / Elite 8 Update:
Well, my experiment has come to an end. Not bracket-ly. I still have Florida going into the championship game like 50% of the world. I mean, the spirit of the experiment is over. I have one team left of the Final Four in this random bracket while my “Sheet of Integrity” has two. My championship bracket still only has Florida, so no matter who wins, my random bracket loses, but barely.