Yes, anyone who has ever worked in an office this time of year knows the drill. A co-worker, who is almost always a huge sports fan, suggests everyone fill out a March Madness bracket. Here are this year's 64 teams, pick your winners for each bracket now. Oh, and please contribute $10 to the pool that will go to the winner. In fact, March Madness is now the most betted-on sports event in the United States, even outpacing the Super Bowl. I mean, people really get into this tournament. And why not? It's fun!
)Employees eagerly fill out their brackets and turn them in, only to have the office sports fans proceed to chuckle at some of the teams certain employees have chosen along the way. Hey, look! Judy from accounting thinks that Lehigh is going to beat Duke! Lehigh! Right, like that's ever going to happen.
)And that is, of course, exactly what proceeds to happen, because let's face it: The winner of this year's office March Madness pool will most likely be the co-worker who neither follows college basketball nor watches it. This employee may need to be reminded that the tournament has, in fact, started.
I've seen it happen in so many workplaces. The fervent office sports fans with their backward baseball caps are left in utter disbelief, and feeling more than a little bit dismayed, as they stare down the sports-challenged co-worker's Completely Perfect Bracket as March marches into April. This co-worker's charting of champions along the Road To the Final Four (and then some...) is as accurate as it is un-researched. How could this co-worker win it all? She thinks it's the Kansas Gators vs. the Florida Jayhawks!
Of course, this year's winner could also be a he who doesn't really watch sports. I'm not trying to be sexist, and this is a game of chance, after all. What we do know, however, is that this year's March Madness office pool winner will once again select the winner of each game according to a curious mixture of factors, ranging from team jersey color and cuteness of team mascot to how handsome the coach is and where the school is based. Yeah, that co-worker.
So much for your knowledge of statistics, team averages and 3s sunk from behind the line. They mean nothing in this situation.
March Madness brackets tend to prove that ignorance is bliss. It's almost as if the less we know, the more likely we are to win the March Madness office betting pool. The Sweet Sixteen never looked so sweet! But let us not bask too much in our One Shining Moment as we collect our winnings. Too much gloating could ruin the office college basketball fan's entire day.