It's time to fill out your bracket for the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. My practice for this foolish ritual is to make my picks immediately after I see the bracket. Gut reactions. No research. No listening to Dickie V or Jay Bilas telling me who to pick. If I spend more than five seconds on a pick, I take the underdog and move on.
(At least that's how I do my first bracket. I usually fill out another one an hour before the first Thursday game tips off. However, for the purposes of the Ullestad Men Wager -- 1 ice cream cone, dating back to 1992 -- the first bracket is the official one.)