The 2013 version of March Madness is rolling along, and in the midst of the exciting games, there are probably millions of brackets across the country that have been reduced to wadded-up failure that started out with so much hope.
What is it with filling out a bracket for an NCAA tournament? Why in the world would we think that our collection of guesses, hunches and inklings would result in anything but a wasted and misguided research effort?
Truthfully, I have won bracket pools in the past. Perhaps that is part of the problem. After I won several years ago, I should have walked away on top like Michael Jordan hitting that jumper in the NBA Finals after pushing off on Bryon Russell.
What happened to my bracket in 2013? Simple. I violated the No. 1 rule of filling out a March Madness bracket. I listened to an “expert.”
Do not listen to anyone when you fill out your bracket. Anyone.
Who led me astray? Seth Davis of CBS Sports.
Don’t believe me? Here is the tweet:
New Mexico Lobos @UNMLOBOS
Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis has the Lobos headed to the Final Four! (Right around the 2:00 mark) #GoLobos http://t.co/OKe0jZydxi3/18/2013, 5:21:17 PM
Honestly, I don't even remember who was interviewing him on the radio before the tournament began, but Mr. Davis was touting the talent of the University of New Mexico Lobos. Davis had seen them play several times, and he thought they had the ability to make a deep tournament run.
I was hooked. Don’t ask me why.
New Mexico! Yeah, that's it! That's the ticket! No one will pick the Lobos. Congratulations to me. I have officially picked the team that will sneak its way through the tournament. I will be the envy of everyone in my pool who will be in awe of my insightful wisdom.
Wrong. Nothing like having your entire bracket blown on the first weekend. Epic fail.
Note to self: Do not listen to Seth Davis. Nothing against Seth, of course. He seems like a nice enough fella.
Unfortunately, Davis is a college basketball expert. One thing that you can always count on about experts is that they do not agree, particularly when it comes to the Big Dance.
There were, of course, other obvious errors.
Harvard. Should have seen that one coming. Florida Gulf Coast. Wasn’t that one staring us all in the face? So obvious. And yet, my Final Four included Michigan State, Michigan, Miami (football school) and the previously mentioned New Mexico.
At least the Wolverines still have a shot. I suppose one out of four isn’t bad, right?
In the end, listen to your heart when you fill out your bracket next year. Just realize that your heart, along with all the other experts, knows nothing.