The Bracketmaster, R.I.P.

from the but-what-about-his-productivity? dept

theodp writes "In The Death of the Bracketmaster, Slate’s Dan Kois eulogizes the harried, Sharpie-stained guy who organized your office NCAA pool, collected the paper brackets, and handed out the prize money. The Bracketmaster gave his heart, his soul, and 4-6 hours of each day to college basketball. But now he’s obsolete, a victim of online tournament tools." That, by itself, may not be all that interesting — but what I’m wondering is whether or not all of those web monitoring firms who put out fear mongering reports about lost productivity due to March Madness added back in the Bracketmaster’s increased productivity from not having to manage the office pool any more. Somehow, I doubt it.

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SailorAlphaCentauri says:

I like sports...

but the brackets are dumb. I hated it when this time came around at my old job; I was pressured into doing a stupid bracket with my co-workers. I lost almost all of my picks within the first set of games. I set up a bracket on Facebook & don’t even pay attention to it (and I forgot to enter the stupid pool with it). I don’t think it’s as much of a waste of time as the nay-sayers want people to believe, but it’s something stupid for people to worry about (those participating and those who think it’s a waste of time).

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