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March Madness is Here

Mar 14, 2013 07:41PM ● By Anonymous

If you’re more of the “I’d rather stay in and read a good novel” type, you’ll be heading up to Baltimore for one of the biggest used book sales in the area and skipping the parties altogether. If you’re a hipster who eschews draft beers and standardized reading, then maybe you’re going to hang out inside all weekend with your Beats by Dre headphones listening to the new bands no one has heard of coming out of SXSW this weekend.

Whoever you are, I’m here to remind you that you can’t forget one thing this weekend, in all of your revelry, reading, and whatever it is that hipsters do. March Madness is upon us, with games starting next Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. This means that you have a very limited amount of time to get your brackets in order, so start researching those mascots now.

Here is the bare bones basics of what you need to know.

The full schedule is right here. The last game is actually April 6th, in Atlanta. If you have a history of getting really, um, involved in watching the games, know that the second day of Regionals action will happen on Easter. So, you know, maybe don’t invite the inlaws over for a later lunch unless they’re totally okay with screaming obscenities at something as meaningless as a missed free throw.

You can print out a bracket here.

And, you know, since you’re going to be engaging in some simple, legal-ish betting, you may as well know your odds, right? Indiana is the odds on favorite, but can I tell you what happens when you put money on a Hoosier? Bad things, people. Bad things. Be smart and put all your money on those scholar athletes at the University of Michigan. Those boys are really going somewhere this year.

Now that you have your bracket, your schedule, and your biased information, it’s time to get the party going. There are any number of decent bars around the area that will be broadcasting the games, from Buffalo Wild Wings to O’Briens. Check the schedule and get there early, but remember that the last few minutes of every game are always the best. So plan on sticking around.

If you’re planning on sticking around the house to watch the games, check out Kim’s recipes to help you stay up through the final minutes. We’re partial to the Garlic Lime Enchiladas to keep our crowds happy, but you really can’t go wrong with some of her easier appetizers.

So what are you waiting for? Start researching those mascots (and let me just remind you all that the Buckeye is a fruit nut. A FRUIT NUT.), carve out time from your schedule of egg hunting and make sure the couch is at a perfect distance from the television for optimum viewing. Maybe send out a precursory email to the inlaws, apologizing for the four letter words you’re bound to spew. And get ready, because while spring is still just around the corner, March Madness is about to be in your face.