March Madness is here. And that means your nightmares of failed brackets are about to come flooding back.
It’s OK. You can admit it. Your bracket, in all likelihood, stunk last year. You signed up for
Oh, but you weren’t alone. Far from it. You were one of millions who invested time, emotional energy, and perhaps money in filling out what initially looked like the perfect bracket, only to have your dreams dashed days later.
So you were frustrated. And still are. Frustrated by the old routine of hope and dejection every year. Perhaps it’s time for something new.
You can, and should, still fill out your
1. The fantasy draft
If you haven’t tried a March Madness draft, you’re missing out. Grab 3-5 friends – 4-6 people in total – and pick rosters of teams rather than games. Do it like a
It’s crucial, though, to adopt a scoring system that incentivizes the selection of lower-seeded teams. That makes the draft twice as fun. For example, you could use the traditional system – one point per first-round win, two per second-round win, all the way to 32 for the champion – but then assign a multiplier to every seed (as Twitter user
A simpler option is to legislate bonus points for upsets: Use a 1-2-3-4-5-6 scoring system, rather than 1-2-4-8-16-32, but add one point for an upset where the seed differential is 4-7; two if the seed differential is 8-11; three if the differential is 12-13; and end the whole dang competition and declare a champion if a 16-seed beats a 1.
one extra point for a “road win” – a victory by a team at least two time zon