Column: Sean Says: Sometimes you have to wing it

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

So lemme tell you this. March Madness is one of the most exciting times of the year, but it is also one of the most stressful.

It’s great to see those upsets if you picked them for your bracket, but man is it brutal to see your bracket go down in flames if you did not.

That’s why I have never really looked too much into things when filling out my bracket because I know it is not going matter.

Even those guys and girls who act like they know so much about this stuff can’t even pick out a good bracket.

I filled out my bracket in about two minutes tops. I didn’t even have a National Champion in mind when I filled it out. Virginia, you guys better get it done.

Funniest part of the whole tournament so far was seeing Michigan State go down.

Not funny that they lost because I felt bad for them especially after seeing Coach Tom Izzo’s press conference after the game.

It was funny because so many people picked them to win, including some of my friends, who “know” college basketball.

I’m just sitting here happy that my National Champion is still in the tournament with the toughest team out of their side.

But that doesn’t mean anything because you’ve seen what has happened.

Yale takes down Baylor, and yes that hurt my bracket a little bit, and Arizona losing hurt me as well. I had them going to the Elite Eight.

Like I said, I spent all of two minutes making this bracket.

For what it’s worth, my ESPN bracket still says it is 99.3 percent.

I don’t know what that means, but I must be pretty good. I’m also in the top 100,000 for brackets made.

But like I said before, if you call an upset, you feel like you are on top of the world.

For example, I picked Northern Iowa to beat Texas.

I have no idea why, but I just felt like doing it. So seeing that guy hit the half court shot to win the game was awesome.

Having all of these big upsets, and brackets going up in flames is what makes March Madness so much fun.

Even if your bracket goes down, it’s sometimes funny to joke around about it.

With that being said, you shouldn’t be taking March Madness too seriously and looking deeply into everything because when it comes down to it, all of your research is probably not going to matter.

Your bracket won’t be any better than someone’s who took a couple minutes to fill it out picking at random.

Even if you do research all of your picks, that’s no fun!

The best part is filling these out and being absolutely shocked at what happened.

I use the example of March Madness to talk about how sometimes it is OK to just wing it, but it can be talked about for anything.

If you are too conservative all the time, things will get boring.

Enjoy March Madness and don’t take it too seriously because as much as you hope it will not,  your bracket will most likely end up going down in flames.

So my lesson for you is: just wing it sometimes, it can be more fun.

Enjoy the rest of March Madness.

Best of luck on your bracket, and I hope your weekend is better than mine.

Sean Hastings is a sophomore journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].