Women may be in the minority of NCAA Tourney viewers, but I bet they have better brackets.
My mom always told me I was special. That was back in the day when being special was a good thing. Turns out I’m in the minority of women who appear to be watching NCAA tourney play at work. (Don’t tell my boss. He has the games on, but probably doesn’t think they would be a distraction for “us girls.”)
Only 4 percent of women workers are streaming the basketball games on their computer at work, according to Millionaire Corner’s monthly survey for March, but I cannot get enough. What do I love about basketball? Everything. I agree with the august sports journalist Frank Deford when he calls basketball players the best all-around athletes in the world. The squeak of rubber-soled shoes on hardwood is music to my ears, and I buy into the squeaky-clean image of the sport, too. Sucker that I am, I even followed the legendary St. Anthony’s High School basketball team when I lived in down-trodden Jersey City, NJ.
As a retired amateur basketball player - think women’s league at the local Y – what I loved most about the sport was the trash talk. My talent was dwarfed by former college players, but that didn’t stop me from dissing them once I had picked myself up off the floor and caught my breath.
Trash talk brings me back full circle to the subject of the NCAA tourney. I am putting my bracket up against anyone’s. After three rounds (counting the play-ins) I am kicking the behinds of most of my admittedly more sports-savvy male acquaintances with a score of 89. Those with a bruised male ego may call it beginner’s luck – this is my first NCAA bracket ever – but I say successful people make their own luck. (Entrepreneurs agree with me and attribute their wealth largely to luck and being in the right place at the right time.)
Okay – so I never saw Wichita State, La Salle or Florida Gulf Coast coming – but I’m in there with Marquette, Miami and Oregon and see Indiana as going all the way just like the president.
Our research also shows that 8 percent of women – compared to 14 percent of men - are participating in a March madness betting pool at work. I’d love to see more research on who’s faring better. My money’s on the gals.