Southern Girls Guide to March Madness. |

Mar 3, 2016

Southern Girls Guide to March Madness.

Y'all the best time of the year. #MarchMadness is upon us my frans. I'm more excited than a hooker in church on Sunday. Ok, maybe that ain't a grand analogy since I'm sure they would be sweatin' more than they excited. But, y'all get the point. Here in The South, we're all about sports. You either watch, cheer for them or played them. It's just what you do. It's a part of who we are. We usually care about H.S. and college sports more than we do Professional. There's just somethin' about watchin' a kid rise to the occasion and make a name for himself and his school. No better way to see this than in #MarchMadness. With all that said, it has come to my attention that many ladies are confused about where to begin and what it all means. They are just too scared to admit it. So I thought I'd help y'all out just a bit. Here's Southern Girls Guide to March Madness. After all don't you wanna be able to keep up a conversation with your husbands, daddy's, brothers, boyfriends, etc. for the next month.? Let's start with the basics, shall we
  1. What does #MarchMadnes stand for?
    1. #MarchMadness is the College Basketball tournament. Same as a playoff, that consist of 64 or 68 teams dependin' on how you look at it. 8 teams will play what they call play in games. Those are two days before the tournament starts. Those four teams that win are officially in the tournament. 
    2. #MarchMadness also known as The Big Dance. If I say, "I've got my dancin' shoes laced and ready to go" That is what I'm referencin' 
  2. Selection Sunday: 
    1. You've probably heard this term thrown around more times than you care to count and if you follow me on social media than I know, you saw me writin' about it. Selection Sunday is the Sunday at the end of Championship weekend. Small/mid-major teams like the school I attended can only send one team to the tournament. How are they chosen? By winnin' their conference championship. Bigger name conferences who can send more than one school have what they call an auto bid. They win their conference Championship, and they are in the tournament. 
    2. The remainin' teams are chosen via a committee on Selection Sunday. It is announced in prime-time via CBS. A teams seed as well as who they will play is shown. Throughout the segment clips from the teams waitin' to hear their fate is revealed. 
    3. Speakin' of seed. That's the same thing as rank. Dependin' on the strength of schedule (or how many ranked teams in the AP poll you beat/lose to) or just be a school like Dook or Wichita St. Why they just won't call it that I'll never understand. Guess it's cause a man made all this up.
  3. Brackets:
    1. The bracket is probs the most significant thing of the tournament. People antagonize and mull over them for days. There are even things such as bracketology where the so-called experts give takes and what if's. The President also gets in on the action. 
    2. When you print out your bracket, it will be divided into Midwest, West, East, and South. The teams are ranked within those regions. So you will have four one seeds etc. all the way down to 16.
    3. Games are played in rounds of Big Dance 64/Round of 32 /Sweet 16/ Elite 8/ Final 4 and then the championship.
    4. If you want to compete for money like the big Capital One challenge you have to submit your bracket online. Most do three brackets. Your real bracket. What you think could happen and what you wish in all your wildest dreams would happen. Sometimes it can be easy- such as pickin' the higher seed. Other times not so much. And that brings me to the final piece.
  4. Brackets Busters: 
    1. They happen every season. It's also the reason no one has ever won any of the challenges. It's nearly impossible to get a perfect bracket. Two years ago Florida Gulf Coast shocked the world, and only two perfect of brackets were in tack. 
    2. While teams are ranked, it doesn't matter in the end cause everyone starts with a clean slate. You gotta survive to advance, and anyone can take it. Even the little guy.
    3. In the last three years, a five seed has lost to a 12 seed 66% of the time. It called the classic five v 12 match-ups. Stories have been told about it and legends have been born from it. Heck, last season my team was a 12 seed, and we came back with 3 seconds left to tie the game on a 4 point play. After being down 10 points at the minute mark and just now as I wrote this a 14 seed beat a three seed and shocked the world. 
  5. All else fails:
    1. Tell everyone you think Kentucky is gonna take it all. They are undefeated. Coach Cal is a beast. He doesn't know how not to put a team together. Kentucky has the most championships. But only two teams have a chance of giving them a run for their money: Wisconsin & Arizona. Mention that, and you'll look knowledgeable. It's always ok to hate on Duke. Everyone hates on Dook. They expect it. 
    2. But the most significant rule of #marchmadness: "You stop cheering for your bracket when there is a big upset in the making!"
So I hope this helped all y'all Southern ladies. Now, go forth and own #MarchMadness. Impress all the guys in your life. 


  1. Wait, I thought the sayin' was "hotter than a whore in church on Sunday"????? Either way, of course Kentucky will take home championship number nine. GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!!! #WeAreUK #BBN :)

  2. Oh how do I love March Madness! Both my teams, Ohio State Buckeyes and Davidson Wildcats, are in the BIG Dance! The Buckeyes won in overtime last night and my Wildcats play tonight!


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