Skepticism

AI: Vax Games!

It’s March Madness. I’m not a big sports person. I’m not a big college sports person. And I’m not a big gambler. But I am a big raising-money-to-save-the-world person. And I am a big desperately-needs-to-win-despite-my-complete-incompetence person. So every year (that’s like 2 years now), I throw some money into the WTinc’s Vax Your Bracket fundraiser to help fund projects like Hug Me I’m Vaccinated.

One thing I really love about it is skeptics getting together, smack talking over something we all know we have no control over… it makes us seem like we’re just normal people. Plus I like pretending I understand what’s going on while I cheer for my teams to get all the three points (that’s when you shoot the ball from outside the circle line! INFORMATION!) The great thing about NCAA brackets is that you don’t even need to know anything about basketball—not even a basic vague understanding that basketball is a thing that exists at all—to win. You can choose your teams however you want and you don’t really have an advantage over anyone else… at least that’s what all my basketball-loving friends tell me when they are trying to get me to hand over my money to bracket pools… so it’s probably legit.

I’ve already been scolded by my husband for not picking Indiana to win it all. But I told him I wasn’t sold on a team with a 3-3 record to win it all and he said something that I didn’t hear over over the sound of me KICKING HIS ASS IN THE BRACKETS.

Are you bracketing? Do you have a system to win it all? Have you signed up to Vax Your Bracket yet? What should I do when I win and become Queen of the Universe? Did you know that when you play a bracket for a charity, everyone wins? And if you don’t, kids are going to die of polio? And what the hell? Indiana? Over Gonzaga? For serious?

The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm ET.

Elyse

Elyse MoFo Anders is the bad ass behind forming the Women Thinking, inc and the superhero who launched the Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated campaign as well as podcaster emeritus, writer, slacktivist extraordinaire, cancer survivor and sometimes runs marathons for charity. You probably think she's awesome so you follow her on twitter.

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