For the second consecutive year, my friend Megan organized a local neighborhood bracket, "Rocky River Moms" with a fun twist. Each person completes their bracket and donates a bottle of wine. At the end of the tourney, Megan hosts a GNO at her house to celebrate. The bracket winner takes home 50% of the wine, 2nd place 30%, 3rd place 20%, and the rest of us just enjoy an evening out together.
Last year I completed my brackets on a whim, ridiculously based on the alma mater of family and friends, so it was hardly scientific by any means. This year, I read a few articles and made my picks. Again, not too-research heavy, but at least an improvement over last year, ha!
Addendum: I was in 1st place until the final championship! Had Gonzaga won, I would have scored a serious stash of wine...With NC's win, I landed in 7th place, but it was SO close and SO fun to follow along! Oh well, maybe next year!
Here are some fun facts and figures courtesy of Fox Sports...
19) TAKING THE COURT - It's been a long tradition that the tournament champions have cut down the nets to take home, but since 1986, the winning school has also been given the hardwood court, too. Many sell and/or auction off pieces to fans.
18) OLDEST TO YOUNGEST - The oldest coach to win a title was Jim Calhoun in 2011 at the age of 68. The title of the youngest coach belongs to Emmett McCracken who led Indiana to the championship in 1940 at the age of 31.
17) AGAINST THE ODDS - The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are one in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 (that's quintillion).