Embrace March Madness for what it is: madness

March Madness can be maddening, but I encourage you to embrace it

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Katya Gillig, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief

March Madness can bring a range of crazy emotions, from over-the-moon ecstatic when your team wins to down in the dumps when your team, or bracket, loses. It’s hard to predict what could happen in the NCAA tournament, so I encourage you to embrace March Madness for what it is: madness.

Fans should learn to embrace  the madness of the tournament because that is what makes it so fun. Odds are your bracket has been busted by now; I know mine has been. Although the competition of trying to fill out the perfect bracket is fun, people do not have to take it so seriously. According to NCAA, the odds of filling out the perfect bracket are one in 9,233,372,036,854,775,808, or 9.2 quintillion. You are more likely to be an astronaut for NASA, or even become president, than to create the perfect bracket. So don’t get upset when your bracket has been busted by some Cinderella team, because chances are the same thing happened to most everybody else.

Sulking around will lead you to miss out on the craziness that is March Madness.”

— Katya Gillig

Many fans, specifically fans of many Blue Blood schools such as Kansas, quit watching after their team is eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. With major upsets already in the tournament, such as Louisville and Villanova, many fans will only tune in for the championship game, or maybe the Final Four. But those fans will be missing out on some amazing basketball. All of the upsets and the Cinderella teams are what makes the NCAA Tournament so popular. So if your team loses find someone else to root for, it will be a lot more fun than sitting around sulking in your team’s loss.

So when the inevitable happens and your bracket is no longer perfect or your team is no longer in the tournament, I encourage you to branch out. Find someone to cheer for, or maybe just enjoy the games. Sulking around will lead you to miss out on the craziness that is March Madness.

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