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2013-03-18 09:07:20 AM
Do you mean its the Huff-Po 2 paragraphs then link to the actual story?
Do you mean its the sponsored link thats just a cut and paste job from elsewhere?
Do you mean the thinly veiled advertising packaged as a list?


Which "THAT" article you mean? Farks getting a lot of them lately.
 
2013-03-18 09:52:57 AM
Oh, it's this guy again.
 
2013-03-18 10:14:14 AM
I don't watch college sports, really. But once every March, someone will bring up March Madness. Or maybe I'll see a sign reminding me. Either way, it'll prompt me to watch the old CampChaos "Dick Vitale Goes Apeshiat" video (NSFW if you decide to look it up). And that's my entire obligation to March Madness.
 
2013-03-18 10:48:52 AM
March Madness?
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-18 11:00:45 AM
So "March Madness" is a amateur basketball tournament in America from what I can gather.

Is this actually considered a big deal among Americans? You guys watch amateur sports?
 
2013-03-18 11:15:51 AM

nwave: So "March Madness" is a amateur basketball tournament in America from what I can gather.

Is this actually considered a big deal among Americans? You guys watch amateur sports?


Yeah we do. Well, "amateur" sports. There's a lot of corruption at the highest level of college athletics, especially football and basketball.

The NCAA tournament is fun though, since even tiny schools like James Madison have a shot at a national championship.
 
2013-03-18 11:16:40 AM
so
easy enough to fix
call the police
report illegal gambling
have them come arrest everyone in an office pool
TADA
problem solved

oh wait, the cops are in illegal gambling pools too??
and the bosses??

/shoot everyone
 
2013-03-18 11:23:48 AM
Fark makes me a liability to my company's payroll without March Madness, thankyouverymuch.

/packing a J-64
 
2013-03-18 11:29:19 AM

nwave: So "March Madness" is a amateur basketball tournament in America from what I can gather.

Is this actually considered a big deal among Americans? You guys watch amateur sports?


Some people feel that professional sports aren't on television enough. So they watch college sports. If that isn't enough, they begin tuning into cable access stations for pro-am sports. And if that isn't enough, they begin hanging out at high school and middle school campuses so they can watch  those games.

Not all sports fans are like that.  There's the guy at work who wants to know if you caught the game last night. Maybe he'll try to convince you that the Growlin' Goombahs are the best team ever, but it's very possible to have a conversation with him about something other than sports.

Then there's the creepy sweaty guy who thinks he's on the team, despite living on a diet of cheap beer and imitation nacho cheese. He takes every win or loss personally. One of his  many teams lost a big game last night? Don't go near him. He'll be cranky.

It's pretty much like any other fandom.
 
2013-03-18 11:35:56 AM
Given that Fark runs these stories without fail every single year, how is it different than what it was created to mock?
 
2013-03-18 11:46:56 AM

nwave: So "March Madness" is a amateur basketball tournament in America from what I can gather.

Is this actually considered a big deal among Americans? You guys watch amateur sports?


No, we bet on amateur sports. Most people could give a shiat about college basketball, but really care about the $50 they have riding on Wake Forest to win the tournament.
 
2013-03-18 11:54:51 AM
Although I agree that it is a waste of time to watch dook, $134 million is nothing compared to the size of the US economy.
 
2013-03-18 12:03:36 PM

GreenAdder: nwave: So "March Madness" is a amateur basketball tournament in America from what I can gather.

Is this actually considered a big deal among Americans? You guys watch amateur sports?

Some people feel that professional sports aren't on television enough. So they watch college sports.


Well, not exactly. The main reason people watch college sports is because they have a personal or geographic tie to the institution. There are only so many "major markets" for professional sports. There are colleges and universities across the country. It's been over 150 years since the land grant universities were created. They have become cornerstones of their communities. This is why people watch college sports.
 
2013-03-18 12:12:15 PM
I'm considering working from home and taking a personal day with hours spread between Thursday and Friday since I'll probably only be working half the time.

Instead I'll probably bring my ipad into the office and hope they haven't blocked streaming on the guest wifi.
 
2013-03-18 12:21:15 PM

treecologist: Although I agree that it is a waste of time to watch dook, $134 million is nothing compared to the size of the US economy.


So here's my usual counterargument: anything "lost" in productivity, etc. due to workers watching the games (or discussing brackets, etc.) is more than made up for in the gain in worker sanity.

/In other words, these "studies" are based on the assumption that human beings are machines
//(Ok, really they are based on the assumption that "this is good PR")
 
2013-03-18 12:31:01 PM
Nate Silver could just tell us the results of all the games and save the bother?
 
2013-03-18 12:38:13 PM
Why people watch college sports:  Cheerleaders in mini skirts.
 
2013-03-18 12:43:55 PM

AliceBToklasLives: treecologist: Although I agree that it is a waste of time to watch dook, $134 million is nothing compared to the size of the US economy.

So here's my usual counterargument: anything "lost" in productivity, etc. due to workers watching the games (or discussing brackets, etc.) is more than made up for in the gain in worker sanity.

/In other words, these "studies" are based on the assumption that human beings are machines
//(Ok, really they are based on the assumption that "this is good PR")


Also they make the assumption that if not for the games, all the workers would be working.  Workers know how much they can goof off on the job.  They're gonna do it.  All that is happening now is they are goofing off in the context of college basketball.  If not basketball, then it'd just be something else.  Next week, they'll be goofing off over a discussion over whether the Enterprise could beat a star destroyer in a fight. (the answer btw is no.  A star destroyer wins).
 
2013-03-18 01:06:46 PM

nwave: So "March Madness" is a amateur basketball tournament in America from what I can gather.

Is this actually considered a big deal among Americans? You guys watch amateur sports?


It is to many people- especially ones that aren't living near a pro team.

Also, when it comes to March Madness... most people filling out brackets know nothing (or almost nothing) about college basketball.  And certainly most don't know much about the teams.  But they fill it out for fun.  Its 64 teams, so its fun to pick an upset and be right.

I fall in this category.  I love sports, but not college basketball.  Just never got into it.  But filling out a bracket is fun.
 
2013-03-18 01:12:02 PM
downstairs:

Also, when it comes to March Madness... most people filling out brackets know nothing (or almost nothing) about college basketball.  And certainly most don't know much about the teams.  But they fill it out for fun.  Its 64 teams, so its fun to pick an upset and be right.

I fall in this category.  I love sports, but not college basketball.  Just never got into it.  But filling out a bracket is fun.


Exactly this. I pick my alma mater to win it all every year, even though they're usually ranked somewhere in the 40s or 50s.

The only thing worse than actual "college basketball fan-guy" is "phony college basketball fan-guy"... the jackoff who says nothing about college basketball until late February, when he's suddenly touting the backup point guard from Marquette as a "difference maker to keep your eye on", or saying that MTSU stands a chance if Jabronleius Gaffney can step it up a little bit.

See.. I just made up Jabronleius Gaffney, but he totally sounds like he might be a real player...

/fark march madness.
 
2013-03-18 01:25:46 PM
Almost a guarantee that my company will throttle the internet this week to the point where it would be impossible to stream games. I'll most likely just have to watch gamecast on CBS all afternoon.
 
2013-03-18 01:36:10 PM

treecologist: Although I agree that it is a waste of time to watch dook, $134 million is nothing compared to the size of the US economy.


Waste of time?

[crying-Duke-kid.jpg]

NEVAR!
 
2013-03-18 01:49:50 PM

nwave: So "March Madness" is a amateur basketball tournament in America from what I can gather.

Is this actually considered a big deal among Americans? You guys watch amateur sports?



10/10, added the randoum u and everything. best troll ever


Tournament programming on TBS, CBS, TNT and TruTV through March 17 pulled in a collective 5.3 U.S. household rating, up 4% from last year's 5.1 average and up 15% from 2010's 4.6 rating, the story reports. Total viewers averaged 8 million, up 3% from 2011 and up 14% from 2010.


You know, the size of most of your countries lol
 
2013-03-18 02:20:01 PM
They act like the hours spent on MM would have been spent working instead of surfing porn.
 
2013-03-18 02:26:22 PM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: They act like the hours spent on MM would have been spent working instead of surfing porn.


Wait...there's porn on the Internet???
 
2013-03-18 02:52:38 PM
This year I am taking Wed-Fri off of work for the express reason of watching "Teh Madness"...that and recovering from my vasectomy.

I fill in my brackets for fun, hope to win a couple of bucks from my family pool, and am generally very excited when BFE State knocks off Dook/Louisville/whatever big name school chokes a game away. I love the excitement of the small school players who don't get the "perks" the big school players get still playing their hearts out in what for many of them will be their final game as a collegiate athlete.

In David V. Goliath my money is on Goliath, but my heart goes with David.
 
2013-03-18 04:10:34 PM
So you guys watch amateur teenage boys playing sports in a school where you went and where the roster changes every 2 years? And then you fill out brackets at work for these amateur school teams you don't know anything about?

i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-18 04:18:55 PM

nwave: So you guys watch amateur teenage boys playing sports in a school where you went and where the roster changes every 2 years? And then you fill out brackets at work for these amateur school teams you don't know anything about?

[i.imgur.com image 347x356]


There are some fans who never went to college at all, let alone to the uni they root for. Those tend to be the more hardcore fans in my area. I think it's really strange.
 
2013-03-18 04:47:32 PM

nwave: So you guys watch amateur teenage boys playing sports in a school where you went and where the roster changes every 2 years? And then you fill out brackets at work for these amateur school teams you don't know anything about?

[i.imgur.com image 347x356]


As opposed to those sophisticated Europeans who get the groin sweats when their favorite soccer team signs a 7-year-old into their developmental system.
 
2013-03-18 04:54:38 PM

Yanks_RSJ: nwave: So you guys watch amateur teenage boys playing sports in a school where you went and where the roster changes every 2 years? And then you fill out brackets at work for these amateur school teams you don't know anything about?

[i.imgur.com image 347x356]

As opposed to those sophisticated Europeans who get the groin sweats when their favorite soccer team signs a 7-year-old into their developmental system.


>implying I'm European
 
2013-03-18 04:59:29 PM

nwave: Yanks_RSJ: nwave: So you guys watch amateur teenage boys playing sports in a school where you went and where the roster changes every 2 years? And then you fill out brackets at work for these amateur school teams you don't know anything about?

[i.imgur.com image 347x356]

As opposed to those sophisticated Europeans who get the groin sweats when their favorite soccer team signs a 7-year-old into their developmental system.

>implying I'm European


Haven't really given anyone much to go on, other than your objection to intercollegiate athletics in the United States.  I just assumed given your holier-than-thou attitude.  Forgive me.

If you're from Canada, we can talk about the obsession with the frequently creepy and occasionally deviant world of junior hockey.
 
2013-03-18 07:22:23 PM

Yanks_RSJ: If you're from Canada, we can talk about the obsession with the frequently creepy and occasionally deviant world of junior hockey.


There's no coming back from this. Argument over.
 
2013-03-18 09:04:40 PM
I hate to be THAT guy in a thread that obviously does not appeal to my tastes but.......


I farking hate March Madness.
 
2013-03-18 09:05:12 PM

nwave: So "March Madness" is a amateur basketball tournament in America from what I can gather.

Is this actually considered a big deal among Americans? You guys watch amateur sports?


Its like our FA cup. maybe bigger. Amateur colleges, from the biggest and most well funded on down to what are called "mid majors" some of whom are very much minnows.

The Final Four of March Madness is the big deal for the next 3 weeks, time will stop because of it, Vegas will rake in billions and every employee in America has probably filled out at least one informal bracket. Or knows someone that did, definitely.
 
2013-03-18 09:06:21 PM

nwave: So you guys watch amateur teenage boys playing sports in a school where you went and where the roster changes every 2 years? And then you fill out brackets at work for these amateur school teams you don't know anything about?

[i.imgur.com image 347x356]


Many of us went to colleges, and even though its years later, still like to root for "the name on the front of the shirt."

It really doesn't matter who is wearing the shirt, we're rooting for the teams, the histories, the stories.
 
2013-03-18 09:09:14 PM

Kuta: GreenAdder: nwave: So "March Madness" is a amateur basketball tournament in America from what I can gather.

Is this actually considered a big deal among Americans? You guys watch amateur sports?

Some people feel that professional sports aren't on television enough. So they watch college sports.

Well, not exactly. The main reason people watch college sports is because they have a personal or geographic tie to the institution. There are only so many "major markets" for professional sports. There are colleges and universities across the country. It's been over 150 years since the land grant universities were created. They have become cornerstones of their communities. This is why people watch college sports.


Another similarity to the FA in England. The college teams in America date to the 1870s to 1890s in many cases for Football, and the 1900s-1920s for Basketball. Note these predate the professional leagues by a good 20-40 years at least.

Its deeply woven into the towns and regions of the nation.

And its fun. You get to root for your own little team's 1 in 100,000 shot to knock off a power. Again, very like the FA cup.
 
2013-03-18 09:35:06 PM

nwave: So "March Madness" is a amateur basketball tournament in America from what I can gather.

Is this actually considered a big deal among Americans? You guys watch amateur sports?


For my money, the Little League World Series is the best thing ESPN puts on the air every year.

 

kudayta: The NCAA tournament is fun though, since even tiny schools like James Madison have a shot at a national championship.


Also this.
 
2013-03-18 10:31:22 PM
Anyone put up a Fark Bracket group yet? If not, Lets get this party started.

http://y.ahoo.it/bUH11ld5
 
2013-03-18 11:41:39 PM

italie: Anyone put up a Fark Bracket group yet? If not, Lets get this party started.

http://y.ahoo.it/bUH11ld5


oh we in there
 
2013-03-19 02:05:07 AM

namatad: so
easy enough to fix
call the police
report illegal gambling
have them come arrest everyone in an office pool
TADA
problem solved

oh wait, the cops are in illegal gambling pools too??
and the bosses??

/shoot everyone


if all the money that comes in, goes out, it's not illegal

what's illegal is when the guy at the top takes a cut regardless of who wins
 
2013-03-19 09:11:15 AM

italie: Anyone put up a Fark Bracket group yet? If not, Lets get this party started.

http://y.ahoo.it/bUH11ld5


I joined yours. Couldn't find the main Fark one. Must be a TF thing. By God if we have to play it out with three of us, so be it.
 
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