March Madness 2014 Bracket: 10 Fun Ways to Make Winning Picks

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March Madness 2014 Bracket: 10 Fun Ways to Make Winning Picks
Steve Helber/Associated Press
John Calipari is confused. He shouldn't be. This all makes perfect sense.

Every college basketball fan understands the cliche, because every college basketball fan has been there.

You watch games throughout the season, ramping up when the winter weather starts to break. 

Then, Selection Sunday. You print your bracket. You spread out the newspaper, open a website site or six and carefully make your picks. In pencil. Then you sleep on it. Then you make them in ink.

Then the intern from payroll—you know, the one who smirks at you whenever you talk about sports and is always lecturing you about why you should home-brew your own ginger beer—wins the whole thing.

No more. Stand up to the gods of misfortune, I tell you. Join them, I say, if you, like every other college basketball fan, cannot beat them.

Why tie yourself in knots? Why do things like "research" or "follow the sport?" Give yourself over to the randomness, dare I say "madness," of March, and your transition to the dark side will be complete.

Need a little push to get started? Just follow one or more of these 10 simple strategies when filling out this year's bracket. They will seem silly at first, but less so when you win.

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