Have you heard about “brackets”, “NCAA”, “March Madness” and “basketball” recently? Well let me explain it, and you could WIN two free tickets to Dinner with New Friends by winning the America Josh NCAA Bracket 2019!
So as you have probably already realized, sport here in the states is even more popular than in Australia and other countries around the world. Not only that but in addition to professional sport, there is also college sport which is arguably more exciting because the fans are REALLY into it.
My favorite stat (that I tell people all the time) is that the biggest stadium in the world is North Korea’s “Rungrado 1st of May Stadium” which seats 114,000 people. The second biggest stadium in the WORLD is the University of Michigan’s “Big House” which seats 107,601 (not to mention #3 through #9 are also college stadiums – and number #10 is the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia).
So why do you care? Well, as someone new to a country it’s fun to get on board and take part in some of the activities that happen with these sports. You don’t have to obsess over it or watch it all the time, but sometimes it’s fun to get involved, go to a venue to watch games with friends and strangers, and cheer and yell! In addition to that, there’s generally an element of competition available to you with these friends and strangers (primarily because gambling on sport is illegal in most states).
March Madness (“NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament”) is the end of the college basketball season and where everyone goes crazy for basketball. 68 teams competing for the title, with lots of games and lots of excitement.
This leads me to…
So what are these brackets?
Bracketology is the process of predicting the field of college basketball participants in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, named as such because it is commonly used to fill in tournament brackets for the postseason.
(I totally included that just because of “bracketology”).
In essence, it’s just picking each and every winner of every game and getting points for getting those right during the postseason. Why is this relevant to you? Well, the postseason starts next week!
How to enter the America Josh NCAA Bracket
- Go here: https://bracketchallenge.ncaa.com/picks/group/878966?iid=bcg_share_web_other_group_copy
- Push the blue “Join” button
- Fill in your details
- Name your bracket
- Pick your teams (randomly, or do some research – it’s up to you)!
- Watch some games
- Come to Dinner with New friends for FREE!
The Rules of Basketball Explained
(by a British sounding person)
And as always remember… Go Blue!