I don't usually do the brackets though. I know it's based on stats, teams standings, player ability, etc. Just don't have the time to figure it all out. I do appreciate the passion others have for it. I got passion, just not for brackets.
I did attempt to do brackets twice before. I was convinced by my buddy to have some fun and try it. We used to hang out at a bar called the Central Tap in Fleetwood, PA. We did the brackets about 8 years ago. I had no idea what the heck I was doing. So I was buzzed and figured I'd pick them based on my favorite mascots. Now I didn't tell anyone this, I didn't show anyone. But I figured, what the heck, I'm buzzed, this sounds about as good as any other strategy.
Well, I came in 4th ... from the bottom ... out of 386. Yeah, I was a bit mortified. AND they published the list at the bar so everyone knew I was 4th from the bottom. Needless to say, it was embarrassing. I just said I had a bit of bad luck with picking.
The next year, I picked it based on my favorite teams colors. Yeah, shut up, I know, pretty crazy stupid ridiculous, huh? LOL I figured I couldn't get much worse now could I? Well that year, I came in the top 20 out of a good couple hundred! I didn't win any money, but I did win bragging rights. People asked me how I did it and I kept silent and and just said I had my own secret system.
I don't do brackets anymore and now just enjoy the game. I still root for RU but in the Tourney, I'll root for a Philly college team that makes it that far!