Tuesday, March 23, 2021


Mad about basketball, that is...

I haven't written about our family's annual NCAA Tournament bracket challenge since 2018, but after completely missing out on this tradition last year, we're going into this year's tournament full of excitement and anticipation and I thought it would be fun to keep track of the action here on Chasing Roots.

Ferris Family March Madness began 17 years ago with a simple, friendly competition between newlyweds. 15 years ago our cat, Duke, joined the game when we developed a complicated treat- and toy-based selection system to help him fill out his bracket. 11 years ago we entered three-year-old Will's bracket in our online pool for University of Michigan graduate students...and he didn't finish in last place. (Here's a cute video of Will making his selections that year.) Eight years ago Hallie participated for the first time, adding a little chaos to the competition because no one wants to lose to a pipsqueak who makes her selections based on mascots and school colors.

Hallie is frequently last to finish her bracket - here she is working
late into the night on the eve of the tournament to get it done. 

We decided not to enter Tux in the competition this year - none of us had the time and/or energy required to help him make 63 decisions using complicated treat and toy incentives - so in 2021 it's just Dad vs. Mom vs. Will vs. Hallie. Our annual battle of the brackets will end in cheers for one and tears (not really) for the others, and then after all is said and done we'll talk about how much we love this family tradition and can't wait to do it all again next year.




Are you participating in March Madness? If so, did this past weekend bust your bracket or are you still going strong?

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