MARCH MADNESS: Book and Ball

Yesterday, the brackets were announced for March Madness. 
If you’ve never heard of March Madness–like I hadn’t 17 years ago–let me explain. There’s this game called basketball. It’s played with a round, orange ball (as if balls are anything but round) that is shot into a painfully high net. At the college level, students and fans alike go nuts over this sport, which turns into a blast come March when the championship round begin. The teams are whittled down to the best 64, and then 32, then 16, 8, 4, and finally 2 which play to determine the national champs. 

I have to pat myself on the back for a minute. I can’t believe I can explain–even in small detail–March Madness. My hubby will be so proud! You see, I was painfully oblivious to this whole cultural phenomenon until I married him and gave birth to three sports-obsessed sons. But I’ve grown as a person, a wife, a mother, and now I actually look forward to the day final teams are announced. It’s become a little family tradition of ours to fill out the bracket and each of us gets our own. Who will win this year? Will our teams make it (which when you live in Michigan/Michigan St. country it’s a pretty safe bet)? It’s not that we even watch many games, we just love the bracket. It’s all about the bracket. Our entire Family Night tonight will revolve around all seven of us filling out this cute (uh-oh, just lost hubby points) bracket. The person who predicts the most wins will then choose where we go out to ice cream at the end of the season. 

I must say, for a non-sports person like myself, I love March Madness. It might have something to do with the fact that I’ve won more bracket challenges than anyone in the fam, including the four sports nuts. Oh yeah, baby! Even better is the years I haven’t won, my 13yo daughter has. It drives them crazy. So awesome! Apparently hours spent watching ESPN (or games) lessens one’s ability to predict the outcome. This is the one case where ignorance pays off.

Disclaimer:  I may not win this year because I feel obligated to choose Michigan State. It goes against my instinct, but GO GREEN!

Anyway, the whole point was to explain a little about this whole MARCH BOOK MADNESS thing I’m hosting here on the blog, since I’m equally excited for it. In reality, MBM is nothing like the real March Madness. There’s no bracket. No teams. No competition of any kind because asking you to vote on the different posts for just one winner seems cruel to my guests. What MBM is about is having authors share their thoughts on anything book-ish. Reading. Writing. Editing. These posts will be (and have been) on Tuesdays and Thursdays in March. Or if you’re a visual learner, here’s a picture.

Here is the schedule thus far:

              Lynn Wiese Sneyd: Thurs, March 8, Querying 
          Tobi Summers: Tues, March 13, Plotting vs. Plodding
          JoLynne Lyon: Thurs, March 15, Marketing
          Cassie Mae: Tues, March 20, Editing
          Jessica Khoury: Thurs, March 22, Editing
          Tricia Pease: Tues, March 27th, Reading
          Sharon Belknap: Thurs, March 29  
          (if it’s blue, you can click on it to go to that post) 

That’s about it. Tune in tomorrow to get Tobi Summers thoughts on plotting versus plodding. It’s going to be great!

PS–Anyone reading this do the March Madness bracket thing? Who are you predicting to win it all? Do you want help with your bracket? I’m pretty good. :)



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