Two words – March Madness. What exactly is this time of the year all about? What do those two words really mean? Each spring, 65 featured basketball teams in the United States, over a three week period of time, participate in a basketball game elimination. It’s also known as the “Big Dance”. So March is upon us, baby! That means every Saturday throughout the month of March you will be able to see a basketball game bouncin’ on your television ~ all part of what we call March Madness. Keep yourself organized, “bet” with your friends, or just dream about it all by using the simple method contained right on your computer…
The tournament bracket, according to Wickipedia.com, “is made up of conference tournament champions from each Division I conference, which receive automatic bids. The remaining slots are at-large berths, with teams chosen by an NCAA selection committee. The selection process and tournament seedings are based on several factors, including team rankings, win-loss records and RPI data.”
Now it’s time to make your OWN bracket. Follow these easy instructions, and you’re on your way.
USE MICROSOFT WORD
Why? It allows for more ease of use and more creativity – you can even copy and paste news clippings/pictures right into your bracket.
Simply use the “text box” option under the “insert” button of your top menu bar. You can move and re-shape these boxes however and wherever you need them on your document page.
First Round, you will need a total of 48 boxes. With sixteen and sixteen paralleling one another, fill in your comments in another row of sixteen smaller boxes in between. These in-between boxes are reserved for you to fill in your “bets” with your friends over who will WIN the games. Fill in all boxes, including all teams that are competing against one another. To dress it up, add pictures…
Simply right click your mouse button and choose the “copy” option and then where you want to put it in your bracket, again click your right mouse button and choose the “paste” option. Choose pictures of your favorite players, your team symbols, pictures of coaches, etc.
Second Round, use this same method for the 32 teams, the 16 games played.
Now here comes SWEET SIXTEEN! What to do now? Well use the same method, but now there will only be eight basketball games played – sixteen teams in all.
The last tournaments include The Elite Eight, The Final Four, and finally….
The NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!! Use the same method, making the text boxes even larger. Type in all your friend’s comments, bets, etc., and copy and paste favorite pictures of favorite players, news clips, etc.
When it’s all done and over with, print out all your stuff and keep it all for keepsake. Enjoy.