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Take it from a guy whose friends love college basketball: Sometimes it hurts to get invested. It helps that I went to a university that rarely has the national spotlight during college tournaments, but I’ve never let myself get too attached to any sports team. The pain of loss is too much for me to bear – I already have to watch all my friends weep over their busted brackets once a year. Who needs that pain all the time?
Regardless, this blog is for all of those who had their (metaphorical) hearts ripped out after each round. When you have no team left to root for, and the thought of your bracket brings tears to your eyes, pick up any of the following activities to numb the pain.
Go See a Movie
Get away from the TV screen you’ve been huddled around, and go watch something on a much larger screen. Seriously though, from January to March, studios dump their movies of lesser quality, and in spring, they start to release better ones to get people excited for the summer movie season. This week we have “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” coming out, the first big superhero movie of the year. It’s one of the first largely-hyped movies to come out this year, only dwarfed by “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which doesn’t come out until the end of May. Andrew Garfield is back as Spider-man, and this time he’s fighting three villains: Electro (Jamie Foxx), Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti). If superheroes aren’t your bag though, or if you want to watch something original, check out “Transcendence”: It’s directed by Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer, and it’s about a dying scientist who downloads his mind in a computer. The plot sounds wild, it’s bound to look awesome and it’s got Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman.
Plan Your Summer Vacation
It’s never too early to plan a big trip, especially after a soul-crushing winter. Take your mind off your busted bracket by transporting yourself to any warm location you wish to go to: Maui, Cancun or any place resting on the equator. Use your basketball sadness to fuel your early ticket purchases and get lower prices. We’re also at the fun time of year when all of the big music festivals announce their lineups. Bonnaroo, a long-running music festival in Manchester, Tenn., has a huge lineup with artists ranging from Skrillex and Lionel Richie to Kanye West and The Flaming Lips. Meanwhile in California, Coachella has legendary hip-hop ground Outkast headlining their festival, along with Muse and Arcade Fire. Whether it’s music or lounging, start planning now to save cash and to ease your mind from your bracket.
Watch Any Other Sport
Listen, I’m probably the last guy in the world to tell people what sports to watch. My idea of getting crazy in March was re-watching “Game of Thrones” for the second time before the new season comes out. That being said, spring is upon us and that means baseball. Here in Detroit, we were quick to forget Michigan and Michigan State’s eliminations when the Tigers beat the Royals on opening day.
If you’re looking for a departure from popular American sports, start preparing for the World Cup (that’s soccer, guys.) It doesn’t start until June 12, so you have plenty of time to book your ticket to Brazil, where it’s being held this year. However, if you’re still itching for some basketball, the NBA playoffs start later this month. Sounds like a perfect way to relive your college basketball pain, except with fewer teams this time.
Do you have other plans to ease your mind from college basketball? Please let us know below.