It's that magical time of the year again. March Madness. I love it, you love it, your grandmother loves it. And what would March Madness be without our third annual blog pool? (The answer is still the greatest thing in the world, but the blog pool makes it that much better.) The NCAA made some changes to the tournament this year, and now instead of 65 teams with one play-in game, there are 68 teams with four play-in games. Those games will start on Tuesday (as in the day after tomorrow.) The 4 play-in games will count for the same number of points as the rest of the first round games, so it is essential that you get me your brackets before the games start on Tuesday night.
Because of the very quick turnaround, I have created an excel spreadsheet bracket for anybody that wants to use it. If you would like one, just leave a comment or e-mail me and I will send it over to you right away. And please feel free to pass it onto others who wish to participate. We did the excel sheet so that you can simply save it on your computer, fill out your picks, and e-mail it right back to me. It will save time, paper, stamps, and probably the rainforest too.
Once again, the winner of this year's pool will receive a tribute blog post like the ones for Alex in 2009 and my dad last year. So we're playing for some pretty high stakes here. I've provided you with some sweet video highlights from this past year that will enable you to get a feel for some of the schools or their players or coaches. Good luck and happy holidays!
This is Utah State's student section, led by their superfan Wild Bill, singing "I'm a little teapot" to distract the free throw shooter.
Marquette's head coach Buzz Williams trying to sing some karaoke
Ohio State's Jared Sullinger sang Party in the USA for a promo video, so Purdue's students sang it to him when he shot free throws
Kansas had a flash mob at one of their games
UCONN's Alex Oriakhi can't make a free throw
Idaho State's Kamil Gawrzydek can make one (Idaho St not in tournament, but this was too good)
One last thing: How about the CAA getting three teams in? First time ever! Now get those brackets in before Tuesday's games!