Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Show me your brackets

Looks like it will be a late post today. You see, gentle readers, I have spent the morning filling out NCAA Basketball Brackets. There seems to be a national obsession with college basketball this time of year.

I am not much of a sports fan – but college basketball, during March Madness, has its appeal. Sure, you have the most athletic men in the country playing round ball. But, I could care less about that. You have big schools and small schools showing their spirit. Well, that is sort of cool, but you have that in College Football as well. For that matter, I think most college sports have the enthusiasm college basketball shares. But with college basketball, you have a one-and-done contest, where the winner takes all.

But when we talk about March Madness, it is as if the elephant is in the room, and most people don't want to talk about it. The reason that College BB – the big dance – is so much fun is because of Office Pools. And gambling for you degenerates. Some think tank has calculated the costs to business of these pools, and they are enormous. Billions of lost dollars from millions of lost hours. I was doing my fair share this morning (I don't want those PhD types in the think tanks to be wrong), so the post is late. Really late.

And I have a good shot to win our office pool – for honor only, no money attached to this one. Hear that, boss that may monitor traffic, or FBI that is looking for its own (we don't need no stinking warrants for wire taps) reasons. You see, it is not my vast knowledge of basketball. My fifth grade gym teacher taught me everything I know:

  • "two points for a basket"
  • "don't shoot granny-style when fast breaking"
  • "personal foul on Leesa for pulling down Ted's shorts, that's no way to guard"
  • "gym shorts make my butt look bigger than it is, honest"

Okay, the forth thing I learned years later.

What I am counting on is some novice to win the office pool. Enter Leesa the Novice. And I am not talking about a religious novice – they are monks, right? I can't remember. I am counting on what the others in my office will attribute to dumb luck.

Now during football season, I have won more than my fair square of games. You know, you buy squares for 25 cents each (and SOB, you can't pick your own numbers, there is a drawing), and see what the score is at the end of the each quarter, and if your two numbers match the singles digit of the two teams, you win. Not money, of course, but er, um, the knowledge that you outmaneuvered everyone else.

So, after posting this, I am going back to my brackets. I have to do the Ladies side next. Enie meenie minie moe.

15 comments:

Mike said...

It's an exciting time of year!! I never win though...but it's all good fun.

Miss Scarlet said...

I'm glad you enjoy it but I loathe college bball. I don't know what it is but I can not watch it. NBA, I like, but college? NO NO NO.

Grant said...

I have nothing to say, but it will not stop me from commenting.

Joe said...

I love working on the tourney pics, even as I know that my bracket will be busted by the end of the weekend.

If I give you a dollar, will you share your picks?

~Deb said...

I never got into sports or those office pools. Just in it for the beer and wings. :)

mal said...

I would join the office pool too but I would just be betting against myself...I gotta work for someone that has an office around here........

BTW, whats wrong with guarding some guy by pulling down his shorts? It works doesn't it?

Leesa said...

mike: fun!

scarlett: pro basketball? Hmmmmmm.

grant: that's what I like about you.

joe: you're from the FBI right? That is known as entrapment, sweetie.

~deb: it is the betting, not the sports, that interests me. I mean, the competition.

mallory: exactly! I got a steal when pulling on the shorts.

TrappedInColorado said...

Another funny and witty post. I love the way you covered your ass. :)

I picked the Air Force academy to win it all. Is that good?

Peace

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

We did our brackets late last night. Sheesh, what work it was!

Cheryl said...

I did my brackets for a family pool today. Good luck!

ken said...

good morning leesa..its friday eve!!!!!!!!!!!!!! whoo hoo...

i hae returned to my blogdom...posted 4 this morn to get the juices primed...shall share an adventure or two each day til i get a feel again...

love yahoo360....interaction of friends is awesome.....

while not commenting, i have savored your writings! welcome to the day! ciao, ken

Leesa said...

trapped: thanks.

dr. ~deb: Do what I do, "Enie meenie minie moe." I have got Belmont playing Winthrop in the finals. That's good, right?

cheryl: thanks. I will gloat after the finals.

ken: I don't know yahoo360. Welcome back, southern man.

Georgiapeach said...

I didn't even participate in the bracket game (or whatever you call it)..lol. Girl, I have no idea who any of those teams are. I am too competitive to partake in a game that I have no chance of winning. Plus, I will never keep up with the score because I don't watch college basketball at all.

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