"Wanna bet your lunch money?"
That's what my ninth-grade civics teacher would always ask whenever a student was maybe a tad bit overly confident with an answer in the classroom.
Right or wrong, I was a growing boy and civics was a late-morning class. No way I was betting.
Well, Mr. Norcross, I'm finally up for the wager. It's not that my appetite's diminished, I'm just ... feeling it.
Feeling it like Drew Nicholas' buzzer-beating trey for Maryland, or Butler advancing to the Sweet 16, or Syracuse rallying back from a 17-point first-half deficit against Oklahoma State, or Wisconsin coming back from 13 down in the last four minutes against Tulsa, or Big East one-and-done Notre Dame knocking off Big Ten tourney champ Illinois.
All of the above scored me points in our March Madness office pool, the one I'm currently leading.
I went 30-2 in round one, with all of my Sweet 16 teams surviving. I went 13-3 in round two, with all of my Elite Eight still alive.