So I have discovered the last few days that no matter how much you watch college basketball, you never know what will happen during the “Big Dance.”
The office does a bracket challenge, just for fun, each March and I felt pretty freaking confident in my picks for this year.
Busted the bracket from the first game. And then there were more. I think I got maybe two games right that first round.
I guess that old standby of picking the majority of the higher seeds in the first round severely backfired this year. I think the only “upset,” loosely defined, that I picked was Stanford. They thankfully came through for me. Needless to say I believe I will be coming in pretty close to the bottom this year.
And that’s okay.
No one can ever predict the outcome of every single game, at least no one I know. Maybe if I knew a psychic I’d be a little better off – only kidding. I don’t really believe in that stuff.
Another activity that I really enjoy doing and hadn’t had the opportunity to do in a long time is trivia night. My sister invited me to join them Tuesday at a local restaurant and darned if I wasn’t bad at that, too. Again, it didn’t really matter because it was just for fun. I enjoy the conversation with the other teammates just as much as seeing if I can guess the question right.
Sure, it’d be cool to win that gift card for making the top three one time, but even if you don’t win, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy time with friends and family and learn a few things, too.
I still bug some friends of mine for not taking my answer on a sports question during one trivia game as I would have won us 20 points. Most of the time when we all got together everyone asked me to answer the sports questions because I watch more than they do. It’s all just good natured ribbing of course. I’m not the only one who has had reason to do that either. Another good friend had a 20 point answer correct and the rest of us (yes, I said us, I’m not afraid to admit I was involved) overruled him.
It was a medical question and one of the other participants, a nurse, said something else so we went with her answer. It was of course an honest mistake and we all still love her, but we endure the occasional taunting for our mistrust.
So, whether I win or lose, I just appreciate the fact that I enjoy what I’m doing - and hold out hope that one day, fingers crossed, I’ll get something right.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.