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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Ohio State to win it all? ARE YOU BLIND?


Well, in this instance, yes.

Every college basketball fan is filling out their NCAA tournament bracket, legally or not depending on their workplace.

The Wall Street Journal offers an interesting challenge. The newspaper rightfully notes that bracketologists bring with them all kinds of biases besides their pencils. Thus, they can’t think straight.

A resident of America’s Dairyland automatically picks Wisconsin and/or Marquette both, at least once. The #1 seeds? How many simply pick each and every one all the way to the Final Four.

So, in steps the Wall Street Journal with a blind bracket in which it offers descriptions about each game in the tournament with notes both pro and con about each team that is then afforded a phony nickname.  That means you choose winners completely void of knowledge about who the teams are, who they’re playing, where and when, etc, etc, etc.

It takes some time, but it’s worth it. You may want to consider using your results for the real pools you enter.

I took the blind bracket and, not that I’m any expert, used the following criteria:


Free throw shooting ability

Past tournament experience

If a team was hot coming into the tournament

Defensive skills


And here’s my Final Four:


Ohio State

Gonzaga

Arizona

Notre Dame


I had Ohio State beating Arizona and Gonzaga beating Notre Dame. Then I picked Ohio State to beat Gonzaga for the title.

As a Golden Domer, I’d be thrilled if the Irish made it to the Final Four. As a Wisconsin citizen, I have zero faith in Marquette or Wisconsin, especially Wisconsin. Overrated? You bet. Boring as hell?  Oh yes. Bo Ryan’s teams can’t score when it matters. As for Marquette, UWM deserves to be in the NCAA more than they do.

Fans, have some fun. Take the time to fill out your blind bracket.

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