March 21, 2012
If you're not from this country, not to worry if you don't understand.
Nobody here understands it either.
Nonetheless, I'll try to shed some light on bracketology.
With the NCAA Basketball Tournament now in its second week, masochists try to predict each game, in the hopes of having the most teams standing at the end.
It's too complicated to explain fully, but as your teams are eliminated, and they will be, your automatic bracket manager will get rid of your teams, one by one.
Until there is only abject humiliation.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi is the inventor of the term "bracketology" and teaches an online course at Saint Joseph's University titled "Fundamentals of Bracketology."
No sense taking it since he is ranked only 23rd (among other experts) in the past four years' results of the tournament
Naturally, I’ve featured my home state in my own brackets, which requires no great foresight since the University of Kentucky is the tournament favorite — and still in as we approach the sweet sixteen.
They've assembled their usual collection of phenoms who will at least stay in school through the end of the basketball season.
If you’re not into the tournament this year, you can apply the same science to most anything.
Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir have written “The Final Four of Everything,” and the concept behind it is that people can figure out the best of everything by putting together a bracketed tournament too.
(You’ll be able to see, for instance, (in the wedding gift tourney) a matchup between a silver Tiffany frame and a Wedgwood platter and follow them, if they make it, through the rest of the field, to the elite 8 and to the final four.)
But getting back to James Naismith’s great game.
So...need I ask?
How are your brackets doing?