March Madness is about to start. If you are hungry, make sure to check out BANDWAGON’S awesome bracket challenge with Daina Falk aka the Hungry Fan. It’s a bracket challenge you can’t lose. If you live in Greenville, you know this is a big week as we host the first two rounds of the South Regional of the NCAA Tournament. If you thought last week’s SEC Women’s Tournament had Greenville buzzing, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
But if you don’t have tickets, and you are on a diet and can’t take part in BANDWAGON’s plan, then you likely are going to be just like millions of others and create a bracket. In olden times before the Internet, everyone in America picked up a newspaper later this week and clipped out the bracket and started to fill them in like crazy. Invariably, people would join a betting pool for the tournament. Gamblers with a real madness would also bet on the NIT. This all still happens, but now with the Internet. Ain’t life grand?
The beauty is everyone becomes a basketball expert at this time of year. Some words and phrases to know at this time of year:
Secretary’s Pool: This means it is too tough to figure out who will lead so everyone has a shot. Translation, men are dumb and want to demean women by saying even they can pick a winner by luck.
Sleeper: A team that could win a lot of games, but likely won’t. Translation, maybe someone there is just talking about their love for Woody Allen movies.
Cinderella: This is the team that comes from nowhere (aka, lower than a fifth seed) or a non-major to make the Final Four or win the tournament. Translation, remember Cinderella’s stepsisters? They are more apt to show up.
Instant Classic: Great game with a great finish. Translation, no one will remember this game expect preteens and diehard fans.
Dick Vitale: ESPN basketball announcer. Translation, you should be offended if someone calls you this.
Play-in Game: This is the games before the tournament that no one watches or cares about because the winners go on to face the top overall seeds. Translation, in the real world this would be price gouging.
Any other questions? Too bad. We are filling out our bracket.