Your Thoughts on Bracketology/Fantasy Sportsology?

I don’t mean to pick on Tim Keown of ESPN (as I love his column and writing style), but the 65th item for his column Sixty-five thoughts on this year’s Big Dance says:

“And finally, always remember the cardinal rule of the NCAA tournament: Nobody cares about your bracket but you.”

Is that true? Part of the fun of March Madness is talking about your picks and the strengths/weaknesses of teams/conferences.

I also read in, even fantasy, sports writers’ columns that no one wants to hear about your fantasy team. Make no mistake, predicting the NCAA tournament is the same thing as predicting fantasy baseball stars. People look at numbers and trends, but when it comes down to it, it is a gut feeling. Everyone has their sleepers (hello VCU and Adrian Gonzalez) and players/teams they hate on principle (hello Duke and Chien-Ming Wang).

While some people (my girlfriend) are polite enough to grin and smile when you talk about trading Mark Teixeira and Alex Rios for Brian Roberts and Carlos beltran, I have a significant amount of friends (not including Ian Dennis) who like talking about fantasy.

Maybe it is a generational thing, but to us, the lines between fantasy and sports are completely blurry. In our opinion, following sports includes participating in fantasy leagues. Do we root for the Orioles, Mets, Yankees, etc.? Sure, but having Beltran, Roberts, Reyes, Wright, Jeter, etc. on our squads enhance that.

In addition, fantasy provides the ultimate conversation starter. You don’t have to know anything about a person to talk fantasy. “Who is on your team? Oh your draft was the day before Ervin Santana got injured and you picked him? That sucks, I feel you. Yeah I grabbed AROD before the whole mess started.” These are fun conversations to have, or I am delusional, which is also possible.

Maybe, I just hang out with people who like fantasy/sports way too much (small sample size), but I think the battle cry that no one wants to hear about your fantasy team/bracket is passé in today’s world.

I participate in two brackets and two player pools for the NCAA tournament. I do not think this is abnormal – March e-mails have been dominated by fantasy baseball and college basketball sleepers.

I’d love to hear other people’s thoughts on this.

Post ‘em if you got ‘em.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Good article. I love talking about my bracket. I also love talking about my fantasy football team. I know nothing about fantasy baseball other than what you tell me. that said, watch our for Ken griffey Jr. this year.


  2. Villanova all the way.

    Seriously, I thought some people would be high on teams like Wake Forest and Washington. No?

    Also my fantasy baseball team is always better than yours…go Nats!


  3. Posted by Albert Lang on March 24, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    So, yes, Nova has made it to the sweet 16, and hopefully they will beat Duke. And yes i had Wake in the 8 and Washington in the Final four….what can you do.

    How did basketball fair for you? Did i win again? 3/4 years cant be an anomaly.

    Our draft is Saturday…we’ll see who does better.


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