My family would tell you I'm a casual sports fan at best. Although I try to keep up to date on how the local sports teams (both professional and college) are doing, my interest usually doesn't go beyond that. However, today I filled out a NCAA basketball tournament bracket.
Most people enter a friendly bracket contest at work or school, but since that's not an option for me, I entered an online contest that promised one million dollars for a perfect bracket; otherwise there will be 50 winners, with prizes ranging from $10,000 to $250. I seriously doubt any of that money will be coming my way!
My picks were a combination of my nominal research, pre-selected picks from "experts", emotion, and a bit of random reasoning. For the most part, I chose the higher seed in each game, but I have our state school, Missouri, going farther in the tournament than most experts, because I'd like to see them do well; Son Tony is an Illinois alumnus, so I had a soft spot for them, too. I made at least one pick based on the school mascot name (The Temple Owls-how cool is that?), and threw in a couple of upsets, because it wouldn't be the NCAA tournament without them!
I may tweak my bracket for the next few days; I have until noon on Thursday.