If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably over March. I, for one, don’t want to hear the words moneyline or spread for the rest of my life (maybe not).
Welcome to the land of busted brackets- populated by many once the Elite Eight starts to rear its ugly head.
Although there were no upsets comparable to FGCU, Mercer, or UMBC, this year’s tournament has caused a few bracket-fires, shredded paper, and more.
After Friday, there is now a group of people who’s national champion was just beat by a football school. Duke has won two games in a row off of missed tip-ins, probably sending half of the nation into cardiac arrest. Not to mention the fact that Tennessee just lost to a Purdue team that had been guaranteed an early exit for the past few years. Madness.
Are we surprised? Hardly.
It happens every year- everyone rushes to make a bracket and brag about it, and everyone seems to score less than 50.0% on it when March is over. The “Busted Bracket Disease” is contagious, and comes around every spring to torment college basketball fans around the country.
At this rate, I wouldn’t be surprised if Virginia and Duke both lose before the Final Four and leave America watching mid-majors compete for a national championship. Talking to you, Gonzaga, who shouldn’t even be a 1-seed, but plays like the ‘88 Lakers.
The one thing we can be grateful for, however, is good basketball. As many bet tickets that have gotten ripped up and brackets that have been burned, we have had some quality minutes of basketball. No matter how much I wanted to throw something through my television screen during Purdue-Tenn., that may have been the best basketball game in a while.
College basketball gifts us with this once a year, like Christmas. There’s nothing like it. Some of these kids will never play a meaningful minute of basketball again, and it shows on the court. Some of these kids have the greatest skill sets in the world, and they’re younger than everyone who writes about them.
Whether your bracket is perfect (shoot me a text if it is, I need betting advice), or in the toilet, there is nothing stopping you from enjoying the best basketball there is to see- March Madness.
Unless Duke loses. Then this month should just be erased from the calendar altogether.
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