Ah, yes. The things girls who like sports deal with consistently, that make us want to blow our brains out.
I am quite sure that by now most of the population has seen things on Twitter on Facebook along the lines of "just because I can't name the 1987 coach's daughter's step-son does not mean that I do not understand sports", and honestly it reigns true. I once had someone ask me to name as many players on the roster as I could as a test. And let me tell you, after 21 years of proving my sports knowledge, and loyalties, I am over it. Especially in March.
March Madness, the time of year everyone fills out a bracket full of men's college basketball teams that they either know nothing, or everything, about. People have all kinds of strategies in March, but for some reason, women get questioned more about their "weird" strategies than men do. (I am not dumb, I know the reason, it's just stupid).
Maybe in the past, or this week, I have chosen teams because they have a cool mascot, or I just like underdogs, or the name of the school is cool, but is it that wrong? The whole point of March Madness is the madness. It means any team can win and make a run and no one actually knows what is going to happen.
So yeah, maybe picking my chosen college to win it all when I was a senior in high school backfired because they lost first round. But I will also never forget the year that Morehead State won in the first round and I had that on my bracket, and in the words of my father that March, not even the coach's mom had them picked to win that game. But anything can happen, that is the beauty of the madness.
Which brings us to this year. Just because I carry around a pink tote bag and wear makeup does not mean that I am any less capable of picking a bracket well than anyone else is. So if you are out there, thinking about asking someone if they picked Gonzaga to win because a bulldog is a cute mascot, stop. A bulldog is a cute mascot, but Gonzaga is also a good basketball team... so chill.
And in case you were wondering, underdogs, cute mascots, and cool school names (along with the fact that I, despite being a girl, watch a lot of college basketball) got me first place in a bracket pool full of my boyfriend and his friends. Take that.