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11 March 2016

Fan Friday || March Madness: A $300 Value Giveaway

Last night CB asked, "When was the last time you wrote about sports?"  

Ok, SIR. Call me right on out why don't you?

Like an adult I fired back, "When was the last time YOU wrote about sports?

Hah. Sick burn. Sarah-1 CB- 0. 

I suppose he does have a point, seeing as it's been well over a month since I discussed the State of the Sports Union. I can't help it though, after the Super Bowl I'm left in a deep, dark depression that can only be solved by March Madness. What's that you say, it's March Madness time?!? Well I'll be gosh darned, let's do the damn thing then. 

I like to consider myself an EXPERT bracket picker. I've won many an office pool in my day. The fact that said office pool usually involves 3 people is irrelevant. It doesn't matter, I'm a bracket picker winner and I'm going to show you how to be a bracket picker winner today too.

Step 1: Do your research. 
I encourage you to google "Expert Bracket Picks." Some might say that's borderline cheating, but I disagree. You want to tell me that you know everything about every team in contention? What about Monmouth? Tell me what you know about Monmouth.

"Well, actually Sarah, that's where Pi Beta Phi Sorority was founded."
Cool, that won't help you with March Madness brackets. Also, anytime I see Monmouth on TV, that's all I think about because PI PHI FO LYFE.

Now I'm not saying to pull up Dickie V's bracket and copy every last pick, but compare and contrast 5 or 6 "experts" and start to notice trends in their selections. EVERY SINGLE PERSON has Oklahoma in their Final Four? They might be on to something is all I'm saying.

Step 2: Ditch your personal bias.

Now this is easy for me to say, seeing as I don't have that pesky problem of my team being in the tournament and all. Man, who would want to deal with THAT? Not me!! 

I will say though, as of this very moment, the VOLS are alive and well in the SEC tourney, they could still win the whole thing and make it to the big dance -- #dreambig #praybig #youneverknow. 

For those who DO have their team in the tourney, I recommend filling out at LEAST two brackets. Go hog wild with your personal bias on one bracket, then be more serious in the other.

Step 3: Don't pick based on the mascot, or old boyfriends, or a school's colors.
Sigh. Read this post, then fill out those brackets.

Step 4: Watch and cheer.
I am a firm believer that you, as a fan, watching from hundreds of miles away, can still directly impact the game. Why do you think I spend Vol games hopping from spot to spot until I feel a good juju? Because I MATTER, that's why.

The one downside of March Madness is the timing. The first couple rounds are played smack dab in the middle of the work day, making it impossible to watch from the comfort of your couch and your big screen TV.

That's where Slingbox comes in! Slingbox will let you watch March Madness from literally anywhere using your phone, tablet, laptop, etc. Slingbox uses that cable subscription that you already pay for, so you plug it in and you're ready to hoop it up! Madness, I know!

You can even access your DVR using Slingbox, but I don't know why you would ever want to DVR a sporting event, unless you're insane like CB.  Just watch it live, like all of us normal, social media account holders. It makes me LOL to think about DVRing a March Madness and avoiding spoilers on Twitter. Yeah, right. 

The best part is that I have a Slingbox (a $300 value) to GIVE AWAY TO ONE OF YOU GUYS! Hooray! 

All you have to do is pick the Tennessee Volunteers as your NCAA Championship Winner in every single bracket you fill out and you're entered to win! 


All you have to do is enter below, that's it! Easy peasy! 

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  1. I have such a hard time picking against my team! I don't expect them to do all that well this year though, so I have to. :(

  2. My Cowboys won't be making even an NIT appearance this year, so at least I won't be tempted to put them in the final four. My struggle will be 'letting' OU go far enough in my bracket! #BeatOU

  3. Can I still get your "good game, i hate you" shirt anywhere??

  4. oh hey cutest girl ever. seriously, i love your face. now being creepy at all... don't mind me.

  5. I actually totally forgot until this morning that March Madness is upon us. I think we're doing a bracket challenge with Chris's family and I'm gonna need all the help I can get!

  6. So going to have to check this out. Have a great weekend.

  7. Go Cal Bears. I am hoping that St.Mary's gets in but I think they will be NIT-picking.

    Nice to see that University of San Francisco is in on the Women's side and Stanford should get in.

    I got to root for local teams. We have six D-1 teams in the immediate area (Cal, Stanford, San Jose St, Santa Clara, St.Mary's and University of San Francisco), so it can get exciting.

  8. Now that Georgetown is not going to make the tournament basketball is over for me for the year but I love this!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes


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