March Madness

I’ve spent the entirety of my life living in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana so perhaps I have an unrealistic impression of the importance of the annual NCAA basketball tournament.    It’s entirely possible that not all of you have been filling out tournament brackets with your friends since grade school.  Not that I condone or even acknowledge the existence of any betting pools, mind you.   It’s all for bragging rights, of course.

*cough*

Anyhoo, it occurred to me that this would be a prime opportunity for a little social networking.  There’s several Facebook apps available for creating brackets and competing against your friends and colleagues.  Some even offer cash prizes.  Here’s a small sampling:

Last year I used PicksPal to create my bracket on their website (which came with badge HTML to post on blogs/personal websites/etc.), but I can’t tell if they are directing everyone to Facebook and Bebo now or if once the brackets are announced, they’ll put it up on their website.  It looks like ESPN will also have a bracket competition tomorrow.

And don’t forget, if you want kick it old school, but not so old school that you’ll have to hand write in your selections, Microsoft office has templates available.

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