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March Madness Brings Out Fans’ Raw Emotion, Too


My, how emotions can change from moment to moment during March Madness – not only for the players, but also for the fans!


When the TV cameraman zoomed in on Bill Murray as he stood stunned after Wisconsin’s Bronson Koenig nailed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to defeat his Xavier team, you could almost feel the raw emotion. Just seconds before, the actor/comedian was cheering wildly.

These emotional ups and downs are an inherent part of the great sport of college basketball, especially at tournament time. The triumphs and the defeats become our own, as though we are on the team.

Even casual fans are affected by the drama. Especially those who are drawn to the underdog and get a sweet rush from witnessing the fall of a “favored” team. And those who fill out brackets at the office – choosing teams by reputation, stats, colors or mascots – hoping to beat the resident sports “expert” and win some spending money. They feel the agony and the thrills, too.

The March Madness brackets themselves are a source of emotional upheaval sometimes, especially in 2016 when 100% of the official March Madness brackets – including the NCAA Capital One, CBS and Yahoo challenges – were busted after the first two days of the tournament (thanks, Michigan State). But that disappointment was all but erased thanks to the wildly exciting games!

I just feel sorry for the people who don’t care for sports. Look what they’re missing!

I think Jim McKay said it best in the opener for Wide World of Sports: … the thrill of victory … and the agony of defeat … the human drama of athletic competition …”

Go, college basketball! Thanks for the great (emotional) ride. And, for those of you who just can’t get over your busted bracket, remember, there’s always next year!


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And with that, I’ll leave you with my most emotional moment of the 2016 tournament:

Click here to watch it on YouTube.


Garden & Gun magazine April/May 2012

Garden & Gun Introduces New Kind of Madness in Bracket Challenge

Garden & Gun magazine April/May 2012

April/May issue of Garden & Gun magazine

March Madness may be over, but there’s still one heated bracket challenge underway–and the contenders have names like cornbread and country fried steak.

If you’re not a college basketball fan—or not one anymore since your bracket was absolutely busted by this year’s tournament results—then Garden & Gun magazine’s Ultimate Southern Food Bracket may offer you a burst of hope after a month of upheaval.

The showdown of Southern staples is just entering its final four, so there’s still time to vote for your top dish from the selection of cornbread, country fried steak, Hoppin’ John (a Southern stew) and beignets.

But be warned, it was probably easier to make your basketball picks this year. Seriously, how do you choose between cornbread and beignets?

Some of the first round match-ups in the Cajun/Creole region were especially difficult. Beignets ended up advancing against fried catfish, and I can’t argue with that. Then they faced and defeated the oyster po’boy and then outdid gumbo as well. See what I mean? The picks were definitely not easy, and now they’re especially tough as they duke it out in the last round.

Match-ups in other regions were just as difficult. Pulled pork and okra faced up in the barbecue region’s first round. And once again I ask, how can you choose between the two? Then again, the collard greens vs. mac & cheese was a pretty easy pick—at least for me.

Unlike basketball, dishes advance based on the popular vote, which can be a little easier to predict. When I voted, my picks went the way of the (overwhelming) majority with mac & cheese over pulled pork and shrimp and grits over soft shell crab. I ended up being in the majority until Hoppin’ John beat out shrimp and grits.

The two finalists from each region—the elite eight, ahem ate, if you will—were announced Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 29. Garden & Gun then unveiled its final four Monday, April 2, the same day Kentucky cut down the NCAA nets.

Now with the final four decided, there’s another delicious match-up to look forward to on April 9 when the last remaining dishes will face off for the title of the Ultimate Southern Food.

March Madness Brings Chaos to the Court and the Office

March Madness Brings Chaos to the Court and the Office

Sports Illustrated 2011 March Madness Cover

Sports Illustrated 2011 March Madness Cover

March Madness will be unleashed tomorrow, and critics and fans alike are arguing about the tournament’s effect–good or bad–on the workplace.

Around this time every year, talk of Cinderellas, dancing and glass slippers tends to creep into the water-cooler chitchat. But it has nothing to do with the latest Disney-inspired craze and everything to do with another annual event: March Madness.

This phenomenon is properly called the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, and it provides the sports-crazed public a very popular version of a true collegiate playoff. Perhaps, then, it’s no wonder that both avid followers of college basketball, casual fans, the downright curious and—let’s face it—the ones who are just hopeful of winning the office pool, furiously fill out (and check, and check and check) their brackets during the duration of the tourney.

While it’s easy to get caught up in the action on the court, the Davids upsetting the Goliaths and the dramatic buzzer-beater wins, the Madness can spill over into the workplace, according to one controversial study.

Each year, the consulting firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas attempts to gauge just how much productivity is lost thanks to all the bracket checking and online video streaming, and then they put it in terms of dollars.

The wild variation of that number from one year to the next tends to cause most to scoff at the unrealistic methods used to arrive at the total. For example, last year’s study numbers estimated that the NCAA tournament cost a $1.8 billion loss, while 2012’s adjusted figure is $192 million.

Critics of the study say that the assumption on which the firm operates to derive the number—that employees are productive every single minute of the work day–is simply unrealistic.

And let’s face it. The madness created by the NCAA tournament begins earlier than the tip-off of the first game (yes, even if you’re counting any of the play-in games that decide the final field of 64).

Not only are there multiple conference tournaments leading up to Selection Sunday, but there’s also checking the availability of the brackets, plus printing them and filling them out. And, if you’re really into it, you have to account for following all the experts and magazines like Sports Illustrated breaking down all the bubble teams and their odds of going dancing.

The bad news is that it seems March Madness could make the workforce even less productive than once thought (that is if you buy the study’s erratic numbers). But, according to one social psychologist, there are redeeming positives that emerge from the chaos.

Don Forsyth, a University of Richmond professor, says the camaraderie created among employees by talking about it can boost morale—and ironically, even productivity.