Let the Madness Continue
It is that time of the year when people fill out their NCAA tournament brackets all in hopes for the perfect bracket. Majority of the time brackets are busted after the first round. However, I am curious if someone took the average of every bracket will the result be close to a 100%?
Granted when groups of fans make their brackets it is all in good fun and money is usually involved, but maybe in the future fans can assist with journalists when making their brackets. Sports reporters want to be the first source to cover a story but it is extremely difficult to predict the future. Nevertheless, if groups of fans filled out their brackets in order to see the end result to help sport reporters make educated guesses on air, this could help the careers of many.
Yet, as we all know sports do not work out perfectly. Just ask Michigan State this year. (Too soon?)
For instance CBS basketball analyst, Doug Gottlieb has bashed Syracuse basketball for years. Tweeting out opinions on head coach Jim Boeheim and the rest of the Orange team. This year he explained his displeasure on national tv when Syracuse made the round of 64. Since then Cuse beat Dayton, and Middle Tennessee State to advance to the Sweet 16. Syracuse fans, and former players have defended their beloved school and shoved the recent success back in the analyst face.
Even ESPN basketball analyst and former Duke point guard, Jay Williams, told Gottlieb to knock it off.
As journalists, our main source of power is our credibility. We have the power to share our opinions and voice our beliefs but if the process is done so in a inappropriate manner (and if we are completely wrong) then our credibility folds.
I believe there would be a great deal of participation. Many sport-crazed fans take part in filling out brackets anyways. I think that the majority would want to share their input to the sport reporters on TV. It can be compared to an election. People try to predict how the general population will vote and statistics are conjured up in order to see trends about the population. It can be done with March Madness. If people can crunch all the numbers and predict a bracket, those numbers and selections can be used for a journalist to report on the air.
Also – there will be a large amount of people participating so there will be diversity amongst those who participate. Independence, and decentralization can be followed as well in this system. Those who want to participate can fill out their brackets in private, and they can share their knowledge about a certain team because the numbers will be scattered across the nation.