March, a very dreary month during the year in North America with winter supposedly ending. In the world of sports, the MLB is just getting underway, the NFL draft is around the corner and in the NHL and NBA, the playoff matchups are starting to set. All of that is fine and dandy, but in the month of March (and April), sports fans turn all their focus to the madness. In March, NCAA March Madness takes over TV airwaves and turns dreams into reality. The ultimate do or die type tournament can have any hot team take a run at national pride. It sweeps up the sports world by giving TV airtime to schools and athletes that most average fans have never heard about.
The tournament is a simple 64 team bracket that shrinks by half with each passing game, eventually boiling down to what the tournament calls, the Sweet 16, the Elite 8, the Final 4 and well, then, the Finals. Shockingly enough, the final has too much allure on its own to need a cool nickname like the other rounds.
Regardless, the tournament sounds simple but the complication comes in the form of the ranking systems and the fact that there are four divisions to compete in, which seemingly have something to do with geography. Getting into the tournament is no easy task for the schools and it is something that every team takes seriously, given the potential for ultimate victory as well as a nice chunk of change for the school. The billions upon billions of dollars that are spent on this tournament every year is astronomical and it keeps growing.
It’s the purest form of competition, as it is kids giving it their all because they want to win and want to play basketball professionally one day. They are not making money now, so showing everyone that you have what it takes is all that matters. The players go full speed and do not stop to think of anything else. Make a name for yourself in March, and you may have set yourself up nicely for the rest of your life.
All the while, the fans watching these games get even more into it than the players sometimes. Every game means something and the roller coaster of ups and downs is phenomenal. It is basketball after all and lead changes in a game are very common. The fans that get into the games, however, are not always true blue fans of the school they attend or attended. They are just people who like basketball and like the drama of non-baby millionaires going at it. This sometimes causes confusion or questions that an average fan would be asking themselves in the month of March or while watching the tournament. Here's the top 10 questions, we believe, that people will be asking from their couches.
9 So Where are all These Colleges Anyway?
8 Do These Players get Anything for Being Here?
7 Who Schedules These Games?
There are always talks about how tournaments are really meant to pin the best against the best. Then, in the March Madness tournament, you always hear some sort of murmurs that pitting two schools against each other will be better suited for television and will bring in more money for the network and the schools. So who is it who really decides which teams play against which? There are the rankings, sure, that decides one part of it but the fact remains that the average fan does not even know how the bracket that he is filling out came to be.
7. How do the rankings work?
6 How can any Team Have a Rival?
5 How Come They Skipped a Week of How I Met Your Mother?
4 Why are There Only Two Halves?
3 There are Four Sections and Each Section has a Best Team?
2 A 16 Seed has Never Beaten a 1 Seed? Ever?!
1 No One has Ever had a Perfect Bracket?
As shocking as the fact that no 16 seed has ever upset a number one seed, this feat of submitting a perfect bracket is just as unbelievable. Besides the fact that dumb luck would have something to do with it, there is also just the fact that the volume of brackets that are filled up has to have eventually led to one being perfect.
What we don't realize, is that the odds of doing it are ridiculous. But so is winning the lottery and so is getting struck by lightning. Both of those things have happened to people, so why not this? Well, the odds of correctly filing out a bracket is one in 128 billion. Yes, billion. So perhaps by sheer dumb luck someone could have posted something that was perfect, but it would actually take magical, wonderful, miraculous luck to actually complete a perfect bracket. You have better odds of being stuck by lightning multiple times.
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