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Searching for answers in the madness

Bringing It Home
Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

People say there is no method to the madness this time of year, but I thought if I went through the steps of the scientific method, I could prove them wrong.

I went to Vegas for a vacation weekend with friends and decided to test out a theory when I got there. It wasn’t a very well thought out theory, more of a crazy notion that I hoped might have been just crazy enough to work.

First step: observation.

I observed that good things have happened to George Mason and Oral Roberts in the NCAA tournament in the past. They’ve come out of nowhere and wound up as huge upsetters.

After making my observation, I arrived at this hypothesis: Each year, there will be a college basketball team that is a man’s name (which will also happen to be a school I have never heard of) that will enter the NCAA Tournament as a bottom seed and will make it at least to the Sweet 16 (or Final Four in the case of George Mason).

Then came the experimentation.

I glanced through the bracket and found Austin Peay ” a school from Tennessee fitting the exact requirements in my hypothesis. So I jumped on the Austin Peay bandwagon.

It didn’t matter that the Governors were playing No. 2 Texas ” I always cheer against Texas anyway.

So then came the test.

I confidently strolled up to make my bet ” which maybe I should have reconsidered when I wasn’t sure how to pronounce Peay ” knowing that my $50 had a chance to more than make up for itself.

Wandering about Vegas and taking in all the sights ” which included fans of every college walking around in packs and wearing their respective colors ” I suddenly remembered the game had begun.

I found a TV and looked up at the score and quickly saw my hypothesis was dispelled. Texas was up 19-3 after only a few minutes and I knew I’d never see that $50 again.

My theory was off, but maybe I was along the right lines and just need to be less specific.

Perhaps it doesn’t have to be two names, maybe just one. Maybe a name like Davidson.

Austin Peay’s failure to transform my hypothesis into a factual conclusion started a trend of a downward spiral in my brackets. Teams started disappearing left and right. I had more luck at the penny slots than in my brackets and wagers.

So with the NCAA Tournament clearly getting the best of me, I decided to embark on other ventures.

I played the No. 7 penny slots thinking I can’t go wrong with John Elway’s number on my side.

It worked. I won some, and then moved on to roulette. I got orange chips there and rode the orange crush to another big payout.

I may have come to Vegas in search of proving my NCAA Tournament theory, but, while that may not have worked out, I found another one that is even better: Stick with anything related to the Broncos and good things are bound to happen.

Contact Joelle Milholm: 384-9124

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