Last year in the weeks preceding March Madness, I decided that I wanted to care more about my bracket. In order to do that, I decided that I should have a college basketball team to root for and care about and follow (before the bracket teams were determined).
Hopkins had a fantastic team…but it was Division III. Not eligible.
Because I’m in DC, there were suggestions that I pull for Georgetown. But…I go to GW (even if I don’t follow GW sports).
I eventually settled on a hometown team. I chose a school who I’d grown up hearing about. I also have several friends who have gone there, at least one of whom was closely affiliated with the basketball program.
So I told BNF. “I think I’m going to go with Villanova as my team.” I explained my reasoning; it wasn’t because they’d been good that year, I just wanted someone to care about.
“I can’t what?”
“You can’t just pick a team. That’s not how it works.”
“But I just did.”
“No. You either root for the team where you went to school —”
“But you didn’t go to UCLA! You’re not following your own rules!”
“OR you root for the team that you grew up cheering for.”
“Well, I grew up hearing about Villanova. Why doesn’t that count?”
“Because it doesn’t.”
“So you’re telling me that if I don’t pick a team as a child, and I don’t go to a Division I school, then I never get to have a college basketball team?”
“Yep. Pretty much.”
So I caved. I lost my desire to care about the tournament and chose my bracket at random.
And this year? Well, I did the same thing (mostly out of laziness).
But I’m curious – is BNF’s logic sound?
Are there some sort of college-basketball-cheering rules that I just never knew about before? And what about all those kids (like me) who didn’t grow up cheering, and didn’t go to a UNC or Georgetown or Maryland etc?
Personally, I think his logic is flawed. But what do I know?
Besides, it’s lacrosse season anyway.