Monthly Archives: April 2013

April madness, no foolin’

I pick Louisville to win it all.

It’s 9 a.m. Central time, so I think I got that prediction in on time. Otherwise, I just don’t make brackets for the NCAA Championship, because I don’t track losers.

Unless you’re one of those who think that everyone who participates in the tournament is a winner. If so, enjoy that Little League trophy you won for showing up.

Sure, I get it. Just being able to play means you’re a winner. Just being healthy enough to show up means you’re a winner.

Unless you’re an actual participant, of course. Like I was in wrestling tournaments in high school. You either win it all, or you lose. And if you’re a competitive athlete, that’s the way you look at it.

If you don’t look at it that way, then you’re not a competitive athlete at all. You’re a loser.

Most of us wind up losing, regardless. The SID at Sonoma State U. told me once, “The better you are as an athlete or a team, the more likely it is that you’ll finish the season with a loss.”

He’s right. Sixty-eight teams competed in the NCAA Basketball Championships, and only one will finish the year with a win.

I bet it’s Louisville.

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