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The NCAA tournament has a grip on this country for a few reasons. I’d like to believe that the main reason is the love of basketball, but I’m afraid that’s just not it.

The culprit is this country’s obsession with gambling. Not just Las Vegas gambling, but office pools, online competitions and the like have permeated our national fabric.

Accountants, housewives and politicians who may not watch a single college basketball game still attempt to fill out a bracket for whichever prize is offered.

Why do they do it?

I believe the answer is a mix between the aforementioned love of gambling and all of our love of being right.

We love to have something happen and to be able to say, “I called that” or “I told you so.”

So how do we get to the position of knowing nothing about these games to being experts?

We let someone else do the work.

The good people in Las Vegas have already done the thinking f...

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