32: Cheers to March Madness | Bracket Building, March Hares, NCAA Controversy

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This isn't just about basketball, although if you've made a bracket, you'll be happy to know you're probably doing better than Emily, who picked her winning team based on a comfy T-shirt.

This episode's wine: Hess Select 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa County, California
This episode's cheese: Farmhouse English cheddar with Italian truffles (not chocolate truffles) and Wensleydale English Cheese
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Hess wine? No, not the gas company, although if we could just pump wine into ourselves, that would be awesome!

Hess wine? No, not the gas company, although if we could just pump wine into ourselves, that would be awesome!

While our main focus for this episode is about the NCAA, we make sure to throw a few segments in for those who are subjected to hearing office workers talk about scores, brackets, seeds, etc., without a care about what's going on.

James gives us some of the history and explains rankings used in determining what colleges get into the coveted championships. Find out the likelihood (or lack thereof) you'll pick a perfect bracket. Hint: You have a better chance of winning Mega Millions and an even better chance of getting struck by lightning.

Emily gives us a drinking game that we highly encourage you not to play before operating heavy machinery or driving. In fact, just sit back, watch a few games with a glass of wine, and let the college students (who should be in class!) do the game playing.

Also, big shout out to Danbury, Conn., where Emily grew up, and she couldn't help going on a tangent to talk about the history of the city and how it relates to March Madness, in a very divergent way.

Why do we get so obsessed with March Madness and rankings? Simply because, as James will tell you, ranking and judging things is fun! For another type of March Madness, a guitar shop in Maryland is currently having a competition, ranking the greatest guitar riffs of all time

Emily finds some fun facts about brackets, in general, including the fact Slate.com has brackets to rank marital spatsad slogans and movie deaths, for example.

Even if you're bracket has already been crushed when you listen to this, there's always next year -- especially for Emily, who finally knows what a Seed number means.

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Cheers!

Extras

Want some behind-the-scenes clips we left out of the show? Here you go!

This week's Audible audiobook recommendation: The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry.

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http://mashable.com/2015/03/19/march-madness-bracket-facts/#IwGAyIEJxaqM

http://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-march-madness

http://hollywoodlife.com/2016/03/17/march-madness-facts-ncaa-tournament-2016/

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