I know you really want help with your NCAA Tournament bracket picks, but the honest truth is that instead of checking in during March Madness you should have come around at Academy Awards time. That’s where I have a proven track record of prognostication excellence. I retired as the only three-time champion of The Pittsburgh Press Oscar pool.
Actually, I didn’t retire. The Press did. When the paper went out of business in 1992, the Oscar pool went with it. Which means I haven’t won a pool of any kind in 25 years.
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In some years, I have put together some pretty fair March Madness brackets. There was a guy at Salon.com, King Kaufman, who used to grab all the media brackets such as this and rank our performances as the NCAA Tournament developed. I’m pretty sure I finished second one year. Maybe. It’s been a while. Anyway, even if I did, I can tell you that this year is not that year.
This year figures to be unlikeany in college basketball history. There are legitimately 10 or 12 teams with the necessary ingredients to win a championship. Every one of those 10 or 12 teams has some sort of glaring flaw that, in most years, would prevent it from claiming the title. However, because the others are equally — though not always similarly flawed — all of the dozen have a legitimate shot.
So there’s a good chance the person who wins your March Madness pool will have made his or her bracket picks by throwing darts at a board.
That’s not how I did mine, but I might wish I had by the time the field shrinks to 16.