Why Knowing Nothing About College Basketball Is Your Golden Ticket

March 14th, 2012

I remember in 2009 when I filled out my first NCAA Tournament bracket. Everyone told me my picks sucked.

Everyone then ate their words as I beat the President (yes, his bracket is public) and continued onto beating 99.7% of the rest of the country.

2010 rolled around, and I thought to myself, “There’s no way I could do that again.”

Results: I finished on ESPN Chicago’s top 10 (I was lucky #7 out of over 100,000 entries) AND I won a Wow Bao party for 10.

2011 was an off year for everyone (thanks a lot, VCU) and only 2 people out of 5.9 million got the Final Four correct. It was an amazing year of upsets, Cinderella stories, and passionate, passionate basketball. And the year I realized I now know too much about college basketball to make golden ticket bracket picks.

The point?

If you know nothing about basketball, it is quite possibly a major advantage. You aren’t tainted by “expert analysis” or historical favorites. You can choose based on school colors, mascots, the average weight of the starting lineup, or if their arena faces East.

Hey, it’s worth a shot. And we have 10 dozen cupcakes to give away to the person who has the closest-to-perfect bracket. If we get 125 people in the Foiled Cupcakes pool, we’ll even give a consolation prize of 5 dozen cupcakes to the loser.

So what are you waiting for? If you’ve never done one before, now’s your chance. Show us how ignorance is bliss… particularly in the unpredictable world of Men’s College Basketball.

1 – Go here: http://foiledcupcakes.mayhem.cbssports.com/e
2 – Set up a CBSSports.com login and password if you don’t already have one.
3 – Enter the pool password: foiled (all lower case)

You (and I) have until 11 a.m. Central time on Thursday, March 15, to finalize our brackets.

Good luck!