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(Fox Sports)   Do more people fill out NCAA brackets than vote for a presidential candidate?   ( foxsports.com) divider line
    More: Unlikely, NCAA Tournament brackets, Las Vegas metropolitan area, NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, Gambling, bracket contest, million-plus office pools, biggest bracket contests, relations Stacey Osburn  
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2017-03-13 09:57:22 PM  
I dunno about "more", but I think that overall the same amount of thought that goes into it. For every sports nut (informed voter), there are more people in the company bracket pool that just goes off of win/loss or rankings (party line voter). And in the end, none of us voters have any control over the outcome.
 
2017-03-14 12:05:28 AM  

Gig103: I dunno about "more", but I think that overall the same amount of thought that goes into it. For every sports nut (informed voter), there are more people in the company bracket pool that just goes off of win/loss or rankings (party line voter). And in the end, none of us voters have any control over the outcome.


What's the equivalent in voting to "whichever mascot I like best?"
 
2017-03-14 12:49:34 AM  

FrancoFile: Gig103: I dunno about "more", but I think that overall the same amount of thought that goes into it. For every sports nut (informed voter), there are more people in the company bracket pool that just goes off of win/loss or rankings (party line voter). And in the end, none of us voters have any control over the outcome.

What's the equivalent in voting to "whichever mascot I like best?"


Voting on a single issue instead of the overall ticket. "I like the Beavers because they're cuddly" == "I'm a farmer and he wants to kill the environment, but at least he is pro-life."
 
2017-03-14 01:21:35 AM  
There are probably more brackets filled out, sure.  Despite what the white house might believe, you don't need to be a citizen to fill out a bracket, and you can fill out more than one.
 
2017-03-14 02:26:07 AM  
There is a much better chance of the one you want winning and you can see the "magic" of why - duh.
 
2017-03-14 02:26:19 AM  
*sigh...*
 
2017-03-14 02:42:44 AM  
More people are "inspired" to fill out a bracket than they are to vote.

/ducks
 
2017-03-14 02:45:56 AM  

davidphogan: There are probably more brackets filled out, sure.  Despite what the white house might believe, you don't need to be a citizen to fill out a bracket, and you can fill out more than one.


They were talking about this on the radio today and it's a legit gripe. It seems kind of counterproductive and stupid (not to mention a pain in the ass to keep track of) to fill out multiple brackets with multiple outcomes.

I'm filling out one bracket sheet but I may use those picks to join multiple pools.
 
2017-03-14 04:29:13 AM  
Since children and felons can fill out a bracket, I'll say yes.
 
2017-03-14 05:57:12 AM  
I vote in just about every election and most lower level primary type things but I've never done a bracket.  That said, I believe that any bracket number higher than one merits a punch to the balls.  You can enter in multiple places but it should be the same bracket in each one.
 
2017-03-14 07:13:33 AM  
So is this the lazy reporter's new "How much money does the NCAA bracket cost businesses?"
 
2017-03-14 07:38:29 AM  
Well, the bracket is filled in a few days and it's all over in a month, compared to 18 months of wharrgarbl.

Obsessive sports fans are far less annoying than people who obsess about politics
 
2017-03-14 07:50:59 AM  
I thought the NCAA was boycotting America because of the MOOSLIM ban and the bathroom bill .
EABOD
 
2017-03-14 07:58:01 AM  

RottenEggs: I thought the NCAA was boycotting America because of the MOOSLIM ban and the bathroom bill .
EABOD


Nah. Just the assholes.
 
2017-03-14 08:02:04 AM  
Yes, it costs the solar system twelvetinity bagzillion dollars in productivity the first two days of the tournament.
 
2017-03-14 08:14:17 AM  
Of course. Why is that even unlikely? You don't have to be 18 to fill out a bracket and it takes like 30 seconds.

People actually like some college teams.
 
2017-03-14 08:16:44 AM  

rightClick: Yes, it costs the solar system twelvetinity bagzillion dollars in productivity the first two days of the tournament.


By that time, most folks' brackets are ruined and they can get back to work. Programming, sanitation, mass driver maintenance and repair...
 
2017-03-14 08:18:16 AM  
i usually fill out 6-8 brackets.  i voted for hillary like 15 times, so they really aren't that comparable
 
2017-03-14 08:26:11 AM  
The Orangemen were left out of the NCAA tournament, while the Orange Man won the political tournament.
 
2017-03-14 08:37:03 AM  
A friend of mine picks his alma mater to win every year even though they don't have a prayer.  That's kind of like voting for the Green Party.
 
2017-03-14 09:07:48 AM  
If that were the case, Trump University would at least reach the Sweet 16.
 
2017-03-14 09:11:37 AM  

RottenEggs: I thought the NCAA was boycotting America because of the MOOSLIM ban and the bathroom bill .
EABOD


The NCAA is an illegal cartel that exploits athletes, especially poor black ones, but they've been pretty good about the transphobic bathroom panic
 
2017-03-14 09:34:07 AM  
Some teams are not total crap
 
2017-03-14 10:06:26 AM  

Rapmaster2000: A friend of mine picks his alma mater to win every year even though they don't have a prayer.  That's kind of like voting for the Green Party.


I would do similar except my alma mater doesn't make the tournament most years.

However, my theory is that I'm going to lose anyway, so if my bracket is somehow the only thing surviving a disaster befalling all of the world's data and trophies, then future generations may come across it and believe my school won the title.

(It's as likely to happen as winning the large-pool bracket competitions).
 
2017-03-14 10:23:06 AM  
I've never filled one out and if anybody I know does fill one out, I'm oblivious to it....

/did Duke win it again?
 
2017-03-14 10:29:17 AM  

Cajnik: Well, the bracket is filled in a few days and it's all over in a month, compared to 18 months of wharrgarbl.

Obsessive sports fans are far less annoying than people who obsess about politics


Hate to tell you this but the culture of party politics is closer to obsessive sports fandom than it is actual politicking anymore
 
2017-03-14 10:48:02 AM  

Hyperbolic Hyperbole: Cajnik: Well, the bracket is filled in a few days and it's all over in a month, compared to 18 months of wharrgarbl.

Obsessive sports fans are far less annoying than people who obsess about politics

Hate to tell you this but the culture of party politics is closer to obsessive sports fandom than it is actual politicking anymore


I've always thought this new wave of political activism is closer to religion than anything.   But I suppose extreme fandom, extreme politicization, and extreme religion are all pretty interchangeable.
 
2017-03-14 10:51:17 AM  

Hyperbolic Hyperbole: Cajnik: Well, the bracket is filled in a few days and it's all over in a month, compared to 18 months of wharrgarbl.

Obsessive sports fans are far less annoying than people who obsess about politics

Hate to tell you this but the culture of party politics is closer to obsessive sports fandom than it is actual politicking anymore


Oh man, is that ever so true. My first thought was that the two situations are not comparable so case dismissed & which bracket group am I supposed to join? But then I thought, the consequences of making the wrong choices when voting are not only FAR more dire, but they affect everyone instead of just you.

HOWEVER there are aspects that are comparable, like the die-hard straight ticket voter or the single-issue voter (seriously, you guys HAVE to grow up) always picking their alma mater, even if they're the 16 seed. But the big difference between sports & politics is that it's a lot easier to argue sports using facts & statistics. AND most fans are capable of being critical of their favorite sports team. Politics? Not all, but WAY too many people are just "he said it so I believe it rah rah my party has our own facts." The two concepts overlap, but my verdict is that there's not enough overlap to constitute a comparable situation.

Anyway. Happy Pi(e) Day.

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2017-03-14 11:05:53 AM  

Di Atribe: Hyperbolic Hyperbole: Cajnik: Well, the bracket is filled in a few days and it's all over in a month, compared to 18 months of wharrgarbl.

Obsessive sports fans are far less annoying than people who obsess about politics

Hate to tell you this but the culture of party politics is closer to obsessive sports fandom than it is actual politicking anymore

Oh man, is that ever so true. My first thought was that the two situations are not comparable so case dismissed & which bracket group am I supposed to join? But then I thought, the consequences of making the wrong choices when voting are not only FAR more dire, but they affect everyone instead of just you.

HOWEVER there are aspects that are comparable, like the die-hard straight ticket voter or the single-issue voter (seriously, you guys HAVE to grow up) always picking their alma mater, even if they're the 16 seed. But the big difference between sports & politics is that it's a lot easier to argue sports using facts & statistics. AND most fans are capable of being critical of their favorite sports team. Politics? Not all, but WAY too many people are just "he said it so I believe it rah rah my party has our own facts." The two concepts overlap, but my verdict is that there's not enough overlap to constitute a comparable situation.

Anyway. Happy Pi(e) Day.

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That's pretty awesome.  I'd call it, "infvennipie"
 
2017-03-14 11:24:36 AM  

Rapmaster2000: A friend of mine picks his alma mater to win every year even though they don't have a prayer.  That's kind of like voting for the Green Party.


Mike Golic, is this you?
 
2017-03-14 11:32:01 AM  
So... why can't I have 3 ESPN brackets with 3 different outcomes?

I mean, there is zero money involved. Who are you to say I can't have my "Golden Gopher beating Gonzaga for the National Championship" fever dream bracket?
 
2017-03-14 11:50:43 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: So... why can't I have 3 ESPN brackets with 3 different outcomes?

I mean, there is zero money involved. Who are you to say I can't have my "Golden Gopher beating Gonzaga for the National Championship" fever dream bracket?


I always try to get in one Mascot Death Match bracket.
 
2017-03-14 12:02:20 PM  

Di Atribe: Jim from Saint Paul: So... why can't I have 3 ESPN brackets with 3 different outcomes?

I mean, there is zero money involved. Who are you to say I can't have my "Golden Gopher beating Gonzaga for the National Championship" fever dream bracket?

I always try to get in one Mascot Death Match bracket.


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Mascot Runs Over Kids In Football Innocent Kids Get Run Over Like Adrian Peterson
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2017-03-14 12:06:14 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: Di Atribe: Jim from Saint Paul: So... why can't I have 3 ESPN brackets with 3 different outcomes?

I mean, there is zero money involved. Who are you to say I can't have my "Golden Gopher beating Gonzaga for the National Championship" fever dream bracket?

I always try to get in one Mascot Death Match bracket.

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Are you imploring me to..... gopher it?
 
2017-03-14 12:08:21 PM  

FrancoFile: Gig103: I dunno about "more", but I think that overall the same amount of thought that goes into it. For every sports nut (informed voter), there are more people in the company bracket pool that just goes off of win/loss or rankings (party line voter). And in the end, none of us voters have any control over the outcome.

What's the equivalent in voting to "whichever mascot I like best?"


That's easy, voting based on attractiveness.
 
2017-03-14 12:13:39 PM  

Cajnik: Obsessive sports fans are far less annoying than people who obsess about politics


Far more annoying and very discouraging however, are people who treat politics as if they were sports and lose their objectivity.
 
2017-03-14 12:34:53 PM  

Di Atribe: Jim from Saint Paul: Di Atribe: Jim from Saint Paul: So... why can't I have 3 ESPN brackets with 3 different outcomes?

I mean, there is zero money involved. Who are you to say I can't have my "Golden Gopher beating Gonzaga for the National Championship" fever dream bracket?

I always try to get in one Mascot Death Match bracket.

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[iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/nwdAtkE8mws - 480x270]

Are you imploring me to..... gopher it?


CONNECT 4!

/obscure?
 
2017-03-14 12:37:01 PM  
If they are correct with the 70m office pools... probably, only 140m voted for prez the last time.  More than two persons per bracket that can be considered unique to that pool?

No idea though, I have voted every time and never filled out a bracket.
 
2017-03-14 12:41:11 PM  
You can win actual prizes or money by filling out brackets.  What do you specifically win by voting in an election?  And by win, I mean an immediate, tangible reward.
 
2017-03-14 12:46:28 PM  

wxboy: You can win actual prizes or money by filling out brackets.  What do you specifically win by voting in an election?  And by win, I mean an immediate, tangible reward.


A sticker?
 
2017-03-14 02:08:58 PM  

ElwoodCuse: wxboy: You can win actual prizes or money by filling out brackets.  What do you specifically win by voting in an election?  And by win, I mean an immediate, tangible reward.

A sticker?


One city election (we're a small town) someone ponied up for little American flag pins to hand out when you voted.

Probably made in china.
 
2017-03-14 02:23:47 PM  
Sports are far less annoying.

I mean, we pretty much got a worst case scenario for both sports and politics last time around.  Patriots, Cubs, LeBron James?  The only way that would be worse would be if the Stanley Cup went to Canada.

But the outcomes didn't affect anyone's lives in a major way.  I can root for any team I want, and it won't matter.  I can vote for the entire Padres starting lineup for the All Star Game, and no one is even going to lose any sleep, much less lose healthcare.

The bad guys in sports are only bad because that makes it more fun when we win.  They are, at worst, like movie villains.  We love to hate them.

Bad politicians can ruin or end lives.
 
2017-03-14 02:31:19 PM  

NetOwl: I mean, we pretty much got a worst case scenario for both sports and politics last time around. Patriots, Cubs, LeBron James? The only way that would be worse would be if the Stanley Cup went to Canada.


ohmygod....
 
2017-03-14 06:08:33 PM  
Maybe the election should have a million dollar winner chosen at random. I'll bet a lot of people would get out and vote that never have before. Also those who would be 'disenfranchised' would be motivated to keep their voting privileges.
 
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