It’s no secret that my grasp of March Madness slipped dramatically as I moved deeper and deeper into my 30s. Even a quick glance at my 2011, 2013, 2016, or 2017 brackets reveals my descent into abject ignorance.
But hope springs eternal, and I have a surprising amount of unfounded confidence in this year’s effort. I have to admit, although it’s obviously my bracket, even I was a bit surprised at how things shook out once I sat down and actually contemplated the match-ups.
Let’s take a look:
I have the first round basically going to form, except perhaps for naps taking out Cross-Fit, which some would consider a major upset. As the tournament unfolds, I think the most notable results will be Yacht Rock edging Seinfeld after the latter survives a grueling battle with naps, Papa John’s triumphing over Culpepper Legal in what can only be described as a fight to the death, and Echo Dot knocking off George Washington (the president, not the giraffe, whom I have losing in the round of 32).
Speaking of which, I think GW has the hardest road to the Final Four, by far. Not only is Echo Dot in the way, but, just to get to Echo Dot, Washington will likely have to take out both cheesecake and Bruno Mars. That is just a brutal road to San Antonio. Meanwhile, the Dot gets its date with GW via steamrolling the Third Amendment, Cheetos, and prom.
Looking at the rest of the field, I also foresee some nice showings by magnetism and life-like puppets, both of which I believe will advance to the Sweet Sixteen. On the other hand, I have New Year’s Eve tagged as the biggest disappointment of the entire tournament, with an early exit courtesy of scrappy upstart turducken.
Ultimately, I predict that the breakout star of the tournament will be Alexandra Daddario. I have her in the Final Four, facing off against the Dot. Partially on the strength of her recent showing at the Dior Addict Lacquer Plump event in Los Angeles, I think she goes all the way to the finals in the most impressive fashion before falling to champion Space Force (whom I see narrowly beating perennial title contender Yacht Rock in the other semi).
Although I don’t like to put too much stock in late-season performance (as opposed to overall “resume”), I just think you can’t ignore what Space Force has done down the stretch to come out of literally nowhere to make a huge splash on the national scene.
Maybe I’m a fool for going with Space Force over an entrant with a much, much better overall body of work, but so be it—that’s why they call it March Madness, fans!!!
Enjoy the games!