It’s that time of the year where I play the patsy.
It’s March Madness here in the U.S., the annual tournament to determine the men’s and women’s national collegiate basketball champions.
There’s lots of betting during March Madness, and it’s the only time of year I bet on sports.
I participate in two pools, or a better way to put it – I donate my money to the eventual winner of the pools.
Most years I have a little bit of knowledge as to who the top teams are, but that knowledge is nothing compared to some other people who play in these pools. Some people seem to know the scoring average of every player in the tournament – that’s close to one thousand people. They know the win-loss percentage of each team, the number of road losses each team has, the free-throw shooting percentage of each player in the last five minutes of a game, etc.
I guess some people spend their spare time studying college hoops, I spend mine blogging and snacking.
This year, though, it’s even worse.
I know Gonzaga is undefeated and ranked number one, but I can’t name a single player on its team. And I don’t know what team is ranked number two. I was following the season a bit more closely when Villanova was in the top five, but once we lost one of our star players was out for the season with an injury, our fortunes have dropped, and I’ve lost a bit of interest.
But despite my lack of knowledge, I’ll still participate in the pool.
There is a good deal of luck involved in winning these pool, and you never know when it’s your turn for some good luck.
But the odds are quite high that I’ll have eliminated myself from any chance of winning by the end of the first weekend.
I hope to watch as many games as I can. It is one of the highlights of the sports year for me, even when I don’t know much about the teams participating. And I’ll probably pick my teams based on how good they were ten years ago.
So yes, I am at the sucker at the proverbial poker table.
But as long as there’s food, I’m OK with that…