March Madness is officially upon us.  The tournament starts tomorrow (March 19th), and sports fans around the world are ecstatic.  I, on the other hand, am less than thrilled.

While I love college sports and fully support the rowdy beer-guzzling merriment that goes hand in hand with them, I just never really got excited about NCAA basketball.  Maybe it’s because the games are slower, sloppier, and the players aren’t nearly as good as those in the NBA.  Is anybody with me on this?

With the imminent arrival of the college hoops tournament, I wanted to make this part of March as bearable as possible for those who are in the same boat as I am.  Many who don’t follow the tournament end up feeling like loners or hermits if a lot of their friends and associates are entrenched in the college hoops action.  If you are a non-fan like me, here are some tips on how to survive among college basketball fanatics during March Madness:

  • If you’re forced to be surrounded by March Madness freaks, learn some NCAA tournament lingo to give the illusion of caring.  If you have close friends that only leave the TV during commercial breaks for these 2 and a half weeks, knowing a few key phrases can save a friendship.
  • Make Nachos or buy Beer.  If you are looking for a way to get the attention of a hardcore hoops tournament junkie, food and booze are two of the only known ways to have any success.
  • Fill out a bracket using unconventional methods.  Most hardcore fans spends hours upon hours over months watching games, studying stats online, and watching commentators on ESPN dissecting every minute of every match up.  Try filling out a bracket with no actual NCAA basketball knowledge whatsoever.  Pick teams by which has better jerseys.  Pick teams by whose mascot would win in a fight.  Pick teams by throwing darts at the bracket.  Nothing gets to college basketball fans more than losing the pool to someone that has no idea what they’re doing.
  • Enter our March Madness Contest and win $10,000… no basketball knowledge necessary!  When you win the money all of the NCAA junkies will want to take YOU out for nachos and beer to learn your secret.

Have any other tips for surviving this time of year with college basketball fans?  Add it to the comment section below!

Jeff White

Jeff has been an active gambler from the age of 18 when he won a small local poker tournament in San Jose, CA. He moved on to playing other casino games shortly thereafter, with a great interest in the statistics and mathematics involved. He has studied the historical gambling systems of nearly every popular casino game played today, and has written strategy books for several of them including blackjack, slot machines, craps, and roulette. Jeff has been a daily contributor to the Silver Oak Casino blog since the beginning of 2009.