By Justin Williams - AngelsWin.com Contributor
It's mid-March and that means three things for high-profile athletics in the United States: MLB's spring training is in full swing, the NBA's preseason is almost over and the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is almost upon us. Given that we're pretty sure that most everybody has had their picks for Spring Training championship pools set in stone for some time, it's now incumbent on everybody to fill out their NCAA brackets. We at AngelsWin would like to contend that if you're going to go to the trouble of filling out a bracket, you might as well join the growing number of AW members that have entered theirs into our board's contest for the 2011 tournament. You get to compete with what is widely considered to be the world's savviest group of college basketball fans and there's even a prize in the form of a $50 restaurant gift certificate (see linked thread for further information). If you'd like to enter, simply check out the following thread in our Sports Central Forum:
So... who's it gonna be? How do you feel about the chances of locals UCLA (a 7 seed), UCSB (a 15 seed), SDSU (a 2 seed) and USC (an 11 seed if they defeat VCU in Wednesday)? Will you fill in your bracket following your heart (I'm talking to you, UCSB fans), your head, or both? Given the absence of my Cal Bears, I'm personally going with the scrappy Roadrunners of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Provided they can get past pesky Alabama State in the play-in game for the sixteenth seed in the East, I feel they have a smooth path to the Final Four. Well... OK. Not really.
Once the winners of the play-in games are determined, there are 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 distinct outcomes possible (though not equally probable), so you had best get cracking. Sign up now to enter your bracket and prove your basketball brilliance to the world's greatest collection of online geniouses [sic].
Since its inception, Angelswin has always been a vibrant community full of passionate fans. As time has passed, many have become good friends with one another and the community continues to grow by leaps and bounds with each season. From the biannual Angelswin Fanfests held during Spring Training (in Tempe) and July (in Anaheim) to our season-spanning gameday and total runs scored contests (which both feature prizes), the activities and community interaction at Angelswin extend beyond that of the typical message board/blog and are second to none when it comes to fan-run sites in Souther California.
Even if you know nothing or next to nothing about college basketball, you should enter: you're amongst good people and there's a decent chance to win a card that will score you some grub!
Good luck and GO ANGELS!