I am notably not watching college basketball right now. I haven’t watched a single game this year and had no interest in filling out a bracket. Similar to the old All Things Scottish sketch on SNL, if it’s not track it’s crap.
That does not mean I’m immune to March Madness. It just means I’m creative. Stealing an idea from SI’s Dustin Long (NASCAR Bracketology), I just made a 64-team (men’s) college track playoff bracket, and I’ll play off the teams all the way to the NCAA Championships.
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The idea is pretty simple. I’ll do a “virtual” dual meet between the matched-up teams based on the marks their athletes produce over particular periods of time. (You can’t really make it single weekends, because some teams take weekends off and many athletes are given other weekends off). Round 1 is March, round 2 is the first two weeks of April, round 3 is the remainder of the regular season, quarterfinals are the conference championships, semifinals are the NCAA regionals, and the final is the NCAA Championship.
I chose teams in a similar fashion to the NCAA basketball tournament. Each conference champion got a bid (plus my own selections of George Mason from the CAA and Long Beach State from the Big West, neither of which run indoor conference championships). Then I used my computer ratings to fill out the at-large bids and to rank them all from #1 to #64.
Yes, I really will keep up with this and see how it turns out at the end of the year. This will be fun.