My wife is amazing. I know you've heard me say that before, but these past few days have made me realize it on a whole new level. This woman, who has watched less than 5 college basketball games this season, picked 15 of the Sweet 16 teams. Her only miss was Arizona.
So, since I only picked 12 of the Sweet 16 teams correctly, it's a pretty safe bet that I don't stand a chance to win this challenge.
It's painful, but only because I can't figure out why I don't do better at this stuff. Now, I didn't watch a lot of college basketball this season, but I did some research. I took a pretty good look at the teams I was completely unfamiliar with. I went out on a limb picking Wake Forest to make it to the Final Four and it is costing me, but that was my only real gamble. I am in two other bracket challenges and am failing miserably (14th out of 19 and 18th out of 20) in both.
I don't think there's anybody I know who loves this tournament more than me, so it's kind of sad I'm so bad at picking the winners. The only good thing is that it doesn't take away from my enjoyment of the actual games. I always start the tournament pulling for the teams I picked, but then reach a point where my bracket is so bad that I just start picking a team to root for in each game (usually the underdog). So, it doesn't matter how bad I'm doing I still love March Madness.
All that to say, here's the standings after the first two rounds of the tournament: