This weekend is one of my favorites on the annual sports calendar.
It’s not as exciting as next weekend, because the first Thursday-Sunday slate of NCAA Tournament games is the best sports weekend of the year, but it’s close. Conference Tournament titles are decided across the country, and then Selection Sunday caps the festivities by revealing this year’s NCAA Tournament brackets.
So I must ask: how do you plan to spend your Selection Sunday?
First off, once the conference tournaments are over, especially the Big Ten, ACC, and SEC, don’t miss The Selection Show on Sunday.
It’s this Sunday. It takes place, as always, on CBS, and it starts at 6:00 ET, 5:00 CT. Greg Gumbel will be hosting, as he always does, with Greg Anthony and Seth Davis flanking him.
After the brackets are announced, there will be an hour-long special with committee members that breaks down the bracket selections in more detail and granularity than they have ever been broken down before. So that should be fun.
As for how I’ll be spending my Selection Sunday, I’ll be right where I am now: at my computer in front of the TV, because I’ll be blogging the brackets as they are announced and then blogging my picks. But you probably don’t have to work, so you should enjoy yourselves. And here’s how to do it: printable brackets and Guinness.
First things first, get your blank brackets ready to go so you can fill in the seeds and teams as they are announced.
Next, you need to make sure that you have a friendly beverage by your side to fully and responsibly enjoy Selection Sunday.
While there are many options for what you and your friends can consume during Selection Sunday (and I will be drinking this, at least at first, for obvious reasons) you can’t go wrong with a Guinness. It would, in fact, be…brilliant!
And while you’re sipping your Guinness and watching the brackets being revealed, you might as well also become part of a Guinness World Record. That’s right, a world record.
The folks at Guinness are looking to make March 17th – that’s just eight days from now, during the greatest sports weekend of the year – the biggest St. Patrick’s Day part ever. And you can take part quite easily while also entering yourself to win a trip to Dublin.
Just do this:
- If you are 21, click here: http://www.guinness.com/
- Confirm your age
- Click “Count Me In”
- Enter your first name and zip code
- Important: where it says “Special Code” use this: MIDW – help MSF beat all of the other sites competing to contribute the most people to the biggest St. Patrick’s Day Party ever.
Obviously we are participating in promoting this event for Guinness. And if enough people sign up with our code – MIDW – we get a trip to Dublin too for next year’s St. Patrick’s Day. I’d probably have to give it away to someone though, because you know I’m not missing any NCAA Tournament games for anything.
Still though, Guinness is great, so recommending you and your friends responsibly drink one or two during the Selection Show isn’t much of a stretch for me at all.
So that’s it: how what channel to be on, have your blank printed brackets ready, and have a Guinness in your hand. You’ll have the best Selection Sunday ever.