Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March Madness - 3.14 #sol18 Story Challenge

There's something I appreciate about the clarity of a 64- (or 68-) team bracket that will sift opponents over about two weeks until just one winner remains standing. It comforts -- like a 

favorite security blanket -- on a day buffeted by students walking out to take a principled stand,

pi’s digits spinning out with no apparent end,

and the unexpected departure

of a


Revision Decision: Taking a page from Andy Schoenborn's blog, I wanted to reflect on the ultimate shape of today's slice. What began as nondescript prose became something different when I started playing around with verse forms. What if I revised the initial draft and started grouping words in brackets of 32, 16, 8, 4, 2, 1?


  1. Enjoyed your "historic" day slice. Apropos of history & brackets: Prof. Hawking was born on Isaac Newton's birthday & died on Albert Einstein's birthsday... talk about "bracketology"!
    !seog ti os dnA

  2. Your slice has too much packed in. Bravity is thy name :)

    will you please tell me What is 64 or 68 team bracket?

    Thank you.

    1. Thanks for the compliment, Purviben. In March each year, U.S. colleges play men's and women's basketball tournaments, with 68 (or 64) teams placed into brackets based on their seeding -- that is, expected performance according to largely unscientific analysis of their season results. Winners of each game advance through the bracket until only one remains; losers go home, their seasons finished. More information here: and here:

  3. Brian,

    Thanks. I think my brother-in-law does something similar when playing fantasy baseball. I think my nephews participate in this 64 bracket. They root for different teams and it is hilarious to see them arguing about virtues and talents of one team / player over another. Especially, when they ask for my opinion and I can't tell anything about them.

    Best wishes.


  4. This is brilliant. I'm so glad you pointed out the structure, I would have never picked up on it on my own. I liked how the final word stood out strong against the two before, the way people only remember the champion and not the runner-up (I know that feeling, I'm a Zag, after all).