As Becky’s husband, I never imagined that I would have a DIY idea that was blog-worthy. But here we are on the cusp of March Madness 2016, and I wanted to share a fun tradition we started in our family the past few years.
The NCAA Tournament is my favorite sporting event every year. I love the unpredictability, the massive amount of games being played in a short time and the energy of college sports.
Three years ago, I innocently pointed out the mascots to my kids, and they started asking to watch every game of the tournament so they could find the mascots! Sure, I’ll watch more basketball! What better excuse to keep basketball on while entertaining your kids at the same time?
So, last year, I created a mascot bracket, so the kids could pick their winners based on what matters to them: Which mascot do you like the most?
What I’ve learned:
– It turns out that if you don’t have a mascot, you never make it past the first round.
– Small schools that you may have never heard of have cooler mascots then most of the larger universities.
So, in what may be my only successful DIY project, I’m excited to share with you the 2016 NCAA Tournament Mascot Bracket.
Mascot Bracket 2016
In order to make pictures large enough for kids to see, I’ve split each region’s bracket onto it’s own sheet of paper, with a fifth sheet for the Final Four matchups. Print them out, tape or staple them together and make a nice large poster size bracket to have the kids rooting for the coolest mascots, and asking for more basketball on TV!
Ashlyne’s Final Four: South Dakota St (Jackrabbits), Oregon (Ducks), USC (Trojans) and Arkansas-Little Rock (Trojans). Oregon over USC in the final
Jackson’s Final Four: Cal (Bears), Oregon (Ducks), Fairleigh Dickinson (Knights) and Middle Tennessee State (Blue Raiders). Middle Tennessee State over Oregon in the final