Wacky Brackets: Let’s Play Games

Brett (left) and Jake in the first round of the Trash Can Basketball bracket battle.

Brett (left) and Jake in the first round of the Trash Can Basketball bracket battle.

Sitting around and picking brackets can be kind of boring … so if you can add some activity to the process, that can make it a bit more enjoyable. So, we picked three brackets that involved some sort of activity. One bracket was picked by an epic game of rock, paper, scissors. Another bracket was picked by coin flip – and came out remarkably decent. And the last bracket was picked by a game of trash can basketball … which seemed to never end. Next time, we’re picking better shooters.

Coin Flip

Bracket_CoinFlip

The coin flip, probably the simplest way to pick a bracket.  Heads were the teams on top and tails were the teams on the bottom.  This bracket had dark horse Arizona taking it all in the championship. — Abby Hapner

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Bracket_RockPaperScissors

We decided to go with higher seeds going to Jacob and lower seeds going to Kyle. Then the games began. As you can see, through extensive and grueling smashing of scissors, covering up of rocks, and cutting paper, we had a pretty crazy bracket. We have Valparaiso and Belmont making it into the Final Four. Purdue knocked out Kentucky in the third round while we had the first ever 16 seed upsetting a 1 seed in Lafayette taking down Villanova. The bottom half of the bracket played out decently well with Wisconsin and Iowa State getting to the Final Four. Those two played for the championship with Iowa State coming out the victor. — Jacob Cook and Kyle Blevens

Jacob (left) and Kyle go head-to-head in a Rock, Paper, Scissors bracket battle.

Jacob (left) and Kyle go head-to-head in a Rock, Paper, Scissors bracket battle.

Trash Can Basketball

Bracket_PaperToss

We decided one of the best ways to pick a bracket was the old school paper ball, trash can basketball. Jake Miller and I each took a team in each match up and shot paper balls at a mascot until one of us made it. If one of us made it on the first shot then the other person got a chance to make his next shot and force overtime, which happened only twice, bank shots did count, and we moved the basket back for the Final Four and even further back for the National Championship. — Brett Gilbert, Jake Miller and Marthony Sanders

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