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March 27, 2014

VALLEY: Win a few, lose many more

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — When I picked up the forms this year, the anonymous person who handed them to me gave me a tip. “Every year some team comes out of the woodwork and surprises everyone. Keep that in mind when you fill out the sheet. And, by the way,” he added, “are you and mom still stopping by after supper?”

I went home determined to fill out the bracket with sound picks. I researched the Internet and watched every sports show available. Any magazine or newspaper that touched on the subject, I devoured with the appetite of a hungry lion. I was determined to win.

With my homework complete, I came to one conclusion: the first tip I got was the best. Picking the favorites was for losers. I was going for the upsets.

The next day, I went back to that nameless guy’s house and handed him the filled-out sheet. He said, “Let’s see who you picked for the Final Four.”

“Check it out,” I said, “I think you’re going to be surprised.”

“Great,” he said full of anticipation, “OK, then … let’s see ... you’ve got … DEVRY COLLEGE? … in your Final Four!?!”

“‘Out of the woodwork.’ Those are your very words,” I reminded him.

“But, Dad ... who else have you got? What’s all this scribbling … ‘That art/drawing school that’s advertised on match covers’?! That’s one of your picks? And ... Mohawk Community College? Friendship Nursery School?!”

“Dad,” he said, “you’ve already got seven mothers-in-law at the house, what are you going to do when another one moves in?”

“Move out! Soyt-in-lee!” Nyuk, nyuk.

Yeah, I don’t think I have what it takes to pick a winner out of the 64 best teams in the nation. Maybe I can pick the NIT winner. You know, the 65th best team in the country?

(Ever wonder why they even bother to celebrate for winning that? I wonder if they make one of those large foam hands you can slip on holding up 65 fingers!)

Anyhow, that’s the way it looks from the Valley.

Tom Valley is a Medina resident. Contact him at tvalley@rochester.rr.com.

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