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Phil & Mel In The Morning

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Who do you have in your Final Four? Brackets need to be completed and handed over to Steve in Accounting by noon today (3/21). Mel and I have our own two-person tournament pool going on with a sub sandwich on the line. I have a feeling that I’m going to be the one who’s buying lunch on April 9th.

I watch a lot of college basketball so my picks are based on some knowledge of how well the teams played this season. Mel, on the other hand, has a different way of picking teams and that’s what worries me.

Every office has a story about someone who picks teams based on something like uniform color or mascot cuteness and ends up winning the whole thing. Mel might be that person this year. Why did she pick Wisconsin to go the Final Four? Because they make cheese in Wisconsin. And why Gonzaga? Because Gonzaga sounds like a type of cheese. See what I mean? I might as well buy her the sandwich now.

Mel and I agree on Duke going to the Final Four. To me, the Blue Devils are this year’s best team with the single best player in college basketball. Mel is also impressed with Zion Williamson but mostly because he busted through his shoe during a game a few weeks ago. The reason Mel also has North Carolina in her Final Four is that she doesn’t want to be disowned by her father. Apparently, he’s a huge fan of the Tar Heels. That actually makes sense to me. Family is the tie that binds, even in sports.

For the record, our respective Final Four picks look like this:

Mel – Wisconsin, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Duke*

Phil – Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida State, Duke*

*National Champion

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