A Diva’s Guide to March Madness
By Anita Jarman
Divas, it's that time of year again...March Madness is here! I find this time of year so exciting, as it involves one of the most influential sports: NCAA Division I College Basketball. In addition to watching and rooting for the teams in the actual tournament, this is the time to organize your brackets for the impending office pools. Organizing your tournament brackets, better known as “Bracketology,” is your chance to incorporate your knowledge of NCAA basketball.
When engaging in Bracketology, however, you should always abide by the golden rule: Never pick all of the favorite teams! That's too obvious! Underdogs will always show out during the Madness! Case and point: the George Mason University 2006 Men’s Basketball Team (Check Them Out!). This phenomenon simply implies that Bracketology is not always about the favorite team…determination and inspiration is also an important factor. While the Underdogs are an important element to consider while engaging in Bracketology, remember to incorporate a bit of reality in your bracket strategy. For example, selecting the 2011 CIAA Men’s Basketball Champions to make it to the Final Four is not a sound strategy. Nonetheless, congrats to Shaw University!
As Professional Divas, we are never in the business of being unprepared. As such, here are a few tips to get you started on your brackets, and on your way to bracket glory!
1. The NCAA will select teams for the Men's Tournament on March 13, 2011, and the Women's Tournament on March 14, 2011…let the games begin! Your local newspaper should have a printout of a blank bracket spreadsheet for you to use. If not, you most definitely can find one on the Internet. (Try This One!)
2. Check the statistics and scores for each team for the season. This may take a while, but it will help you strategize. Pay close attention to the leading scorers and the clutch players (players who have stood out when the game gets close).
3. Listen to sports analysts for their take on the teams. Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN is one of my favorites! (ESPN INsider)
4. Check out the following websites for some insight:
5. Lastly, vote for Georgetown!!! (GoHoyas!) Just kidding…I’m supporting my Hoyas, but we could have done better these past few weeks!
These are just a few suggestions to get you started. Just that quick, you’re on your way to entering the office pool, and winning! Remember, the Men's Championship Game is on April 4, 2011, and the Women's Championship is on April 5, 2011. Hopefully, your teams have made it to the finals.
Now watch the games while you check out one of the fabulous martinis featured on the Martini Chronicles (Martini Roll Call).Until then I’m raising my martini glass and sending a special Tournament Toast your way! Have fun Divas!
Anita Jarman is the Founder and CEO of "A" Game Public Relations, LLC, "Strategically & Successfully Enhancing Your Brand"