Am I smarter than a 9 1/2-year-old?
Her name is Reason and she is not quite 10 years old. In fact, if you ask her, she'll tell you she is 9-and-a-half, which bodes well for her ability to keep a close tab on important numbers. But that is not why I asked her to fill out my NCAA brackets this year. Each and every year, we are subject to endless debate about who will win, who should win and who who has no chance. This year, I decided to forgo usual strategy that included years of picks based on advice from so-called experts and go with someone whose lack of college basketball wisdom rivals only her fondness for recess.
As I mentioned, Reason, the hopefully aptly named daughter of a co-worker, knows little about sports and even less about college basketball. Which is key. Last year, I placed 15 out of 16 entrants in a March Madness tournament pool that included a few upsets I managed to predict and one emotional pick (UCLA) that turned out in my favor. For the most part, though, success was elusive and any hope I pinned on these NCAA wizards turned out to be fool's gold.
This year, I am doing things a bit differently. I am tracking two brackets: one I filled with picks of winners that are either projected to win or upsets that have been deemed "possible," while Reason's picks are based somewhat on rankings (she liked the idea of upsets), geographical biases (her Mom is from Florida) and school names she liked (Binghamton).