March Madness— for some it's like Christmas, and for some it could not be a more irrelevant series of events. There are those who can give you teams and stats (I appreciate you), and then there are those who only "watch" for the sake of an extra excuse to hit up the local bar.
For the month of March, 68 teams are carefully selected from Division I basketball teams to compete in one of the most exhilarating three-week tournaments, of single-elimination style of play. Before you know it, teams will be dropped one by one within a blink of an eye. Some will be no-brainers, but some will have your mind completely and utterly blown which is why every decision and bet you make is beyond crucial. I'm not saying it's like life or death, but it can almost feel that way at times.
The good, the bad, and the ugly— all those buzzer-beating baskets, the jaw-dropping injuries, and unlikely heroes— it's an emotional yet addicting roller coaster.
Here's 15 roller coaster of emotions you face during March Madness:
In order to survive these few weeks you have to do all preliminary research when creating your bracket— every decision counts. No time for hesitation, people.
During the bracket making process, there will be some match-ups that will have you torn in the decision making process. It's a very uneasy feeling but sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet, hoping for the best.
3. Risky business
4. Stress x 100000
Along the way, your stress level will likely reach its peak, and I say this with zero exaggeration. It might bring out the crazy in you, guaranteed.
With major stress, obviously comes pressure. Once it comes down to the Sweet 16's and Elite 8 then Final Four— bye.
6. Chest pains
You will feel so much in the time frame of one single basketball game that it probably isn't doing you any good, or for your heart for that matter.
Sports related heart palpitations are a thing, mark my words because one day I will patent it.
8. Loss of hope
Just when you thought it was the end of times, something happens where you can take a huge sigh of relief because the basketball Gods are still on your side.
14. Sad tears
Sometimes crying makes you feel better and sometimes you can't help it but the tears will just fill up in your eyes... It happens. No judgment.
15. Happy tears
Whether you had the most accurate bracket or just flat out witnessed history— sports brings out emotions from inside you that you didn't even think were possible. It's the most beautiful thing.