NCAA Bracket 2014: Is Your Bracket Better Than a 3-Year-Old's?

Dan LevyNational Lead WriterMarch 18, 2014

Zoe & Max are picking  brackets
Zoe & Max are picking bracketsB/R

Max is three years old and he loves basketball.

Max told me a few weeks ago that he wants to grow up to be like his dad and become a sportswriter. If you look at his NCAA tournament bracket, he knows just about as much as the rest of us when it comes to picking winners in the Big Dance.

Seriously, do you think your bracket is better than a three year old? OK, how about a six year old? 

Zoe has been picking brackets since before she was two years old—this is literally her sixth year picking brackets—and she is pretty darn good at this by now. She had Butler in the Final Four the year nobody was picking them. Genius. 

(It wasn't until a few weeks later that I found out the reason she went with Butler was she thought it was funny that her dad was letting her say "butt" on camera. Genius nonetheless.) 

So…who is this year’s Butler? Did Zoe or Max stumble upon the next great Cinderella? (Spoiler alert: Max did not.)

Here is a full screen capture of each of their brackets. Because Max can’t actually write yet, he told me his picks, which I have included along with Zoe’s in our Bleacher Report Writers & Friends bracket challenge. You should join it by clicking here if you so desire



Max's actual Final Four is Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, American and Duke with Milwaukee beating Duke in the title game. He should have stayed with Superman.

Also, you probably noticed that Max is wearing a helmet. That’s because he has hemophilia, which is a relatively rare and extremely serious bleeding disorder. Since March is National Hemophilia Awareness Month, I thought it would be fun to use that as a launching point to wager some dough on Max’s bracket success. Our family plans to donate $100 to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for every team Max gets into the Final Four. Yes, I’m suddenly rooting for Duke.

For more information on Max, CHOP or even to add a little of your own fun to his bracket challenge, click here.

Good luck with the tournament challenge. Or as Max said…"best brackets!"