March Madness is in full swing and millions of brackets have been filled out by hopeful individuals who are looking to win their pool and have bragging rights for the rest of the year, or maybe just until fantasy baseball starts… Although it is not certain which team will have their one shining moment, you can be sure to come across these people as this mad month of March progresses.
Which one are you…?
This is the person at work that knows very little about basketball and is not widely accepted by the majority of their peers for their lack of sports knowledge. They keep to themselves and don’t say much but would like to be noticed and part of the group, so they join the pool. The picks are predictable. All of the higher seeds move on with maybe a 9 beating an 8. Because they play it safe they finish in the middle of the pool. Their attempt and an average finish make some of the others at the office more accepting.
The Statistical Guru
This fan is too informed. They will buy every magazine and go to every online source to analyze every matchup solely based on statistics. The team’s coach, conference, character have no pull in their decision making. They usually finish in the middle of the pool.
A pain to deal with, the Tool is the least liked amongst his friends. They know more about ball than the average person but thinks they know a lot more. They will enter seven pools with different picks for each to almost ensure they win at least one pool. Throughout the tournament they will regurgitate the ideas they hear on the TV from the experts and pawn those thoughts off as their own. While with a group their bracket is doing poorly in, they will constantly talk about their “one other bracket” that is doing great. While with the group that their bracket is successful in, they will gloat about how knowledgeable they are in this subject and rejoice in the success of “this, their only bracket”.
The homer or alumni is not a fan of the sport, but a delusional fan of their school. They can tell you the height, weight, hometown and major of any player on the team but knows little about the opponent. Their team, a 12 seed, managed to beat a top-ten-team in the regular season and they believe it will happen six straight times in the tournament. Which means once their team loses in the first or possibly second round, their bracket will fall apart as a result of their other uneducated guesses.
Having a healthy relationship with the sport, the informed fan usually has the best chance of winning their pool. They have a favorite team, but are not delusional about the team’s talent. They pay attention to other teams and have a good idea of what the competition is like. Trying to outwit their friends is not their priority. They do not over-analyze stats or take days to fill out their bracket because they just can’t figure out if that 7 will beat that 10. They stick with what they know, which is more than the average bracket maker, and they are confident about their picks. They fill out no more than two or three competitive brackets because they are comfortable enough with their fanhood that they can handle not winning this season. They are well liked by their peers because of their healthy balance of confidence, competitiveness and sportsmanship.