For the first time ever I did not fill out my brackets right away. I sat with them for a day and thought about the games and even tried to analyse them. That's a big departure from my usual "get the brackets, devour the brackets" method that I've employed since I started filling them out. I'm a believer in only doing one bracket and once it's filled out I'm not second guessing myself and changing anything.
That's the last time I do that.
This year I filled out my brackets after I watched countless shows with analysts telling me their Final Fours. Because of this, my selection process changed from who I think is going to win to "I don't want to pick the same thing as everyone else." So instead of having Michigan State win the national title like I had planned to do for weeks, I'm now the sucker who will be ripping up his brackets after Iowa State loses to North Carolina or Providence and my champion is out. I've loved Iowa State all year. I think they are a Final Four caliber team but, come on, Iowa State doesn't win national titles. I just didn't want to have the same thing as everyone else. But that's not the spirit of doing brackets. It's fill them out as accurately as you can. It's going to be some kind of variation of Michigan State, Florida, Louisville, Kansas, Michigan and Arizona playing for the national title. I know that. We don't live in a world where we are watching Iowa State/Wisconsin on the final Monday.
Next year I go back to normal. Fill them out immediately. No outside influence. Go Cyclones.