OVERTHINKING WINGMAN: WHY THE CLUELESS GIRL WINS YOUR OFFICE POOL AND YOU DON’T

It happens every year. Some moron coworker who wouldn’t know the difference between Kentucky basketball and Kentucky Fried Chicken walks away with your money (not to mention everyone else’s) in your office NCAA tournament pool, while you shake your head in amazement. Or worse, that girl who’s never even heard of Creighton and chooses teams based on who has the cuter point guard or looks better in their uniforms. For the record, that’s also flawed logic, since it doesn’t explain Syracuse’s success despite their unfortunate colors (no one looks good in orange, face it). The whole gray trend really leveled the playing field, too, but I digress…

How do they do it? It’s like collegiate sports Murphy’s Law – the more you know, the less likely you are to win. It’s frustrating, it’s fairly common, and unfortunately, it might be all your fault.

That’s right, I said it. Maybe you’re getting in your own way when filling out a bracket, and your insistence to employ logic and statistics into a tournament where illogical, fantastically random things happen is the problem. I stumbled across this article, written by a collective of sports guys (of the non-Simmons variety), and felt the need to share it with you.

It’s not the gospel, but in the onslaught of coverage right now it was a pretty entertaining read. My personal favorite was Hruby’s take on things (he had me at “Mascot Fight Club”), though going chalk is smart, and betting against tall coaches may or may not be the way to go. See, shorter dudes? It doesn’t always have to work against you.

Whatever your method, it’s worth perusing. Good luck this year, have fun, and remember: don’t overthink it.GEEK WINGMAN

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