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|Better watch what you say about St. Joe's around Phil Martelli -- he can get cranky.|
DO worry about St. Joe's lack of size. Worry a lot. DON'T tell Phil Martelli that. He might whup you. DO seek counsel from that co-worker with the gambling problem. (Um, on second thought ...) DON'T bother finding out what a "Jasper" is (Manhattan ain't sticking around long enough). DON'T pick a school because any of the following went there: (a) you, (b) your mom, (c) your fiancée, (d) your boss or (e) all of the above. DO pick at least one 12-beats-a-5 upset. It's like bracket-picking law. DON'T take all four No. 1 seeds to the Final Four. Don't even take three. Not only is it inelegant, it's got very little precedent recently. That said ...
|The Ethics of Bracket-Picking|
|Apparently, the same legal and ethical bright line that we're happy to use to trip Martha Stewart and other wayward CEOs doesn't extend to participating in plainly illegal NCAA Tournament office pools. (Of course, the DOs and DON'Ts in this column are purely for recreational use.) I'm no lawyer or religious leader, but I do enjoy telling people how to live their lives. You say "busybody"; I say "ethicist" -- and I ethically release you to enjoy two more days of bracket-picking. Who am I kidding? You're all doing it anyway. Now, about reporting your big winnings on your income-tax forms ... -- D.S.|
|The Minutes doesn't want to be the one to have to tell Ashley Judd that Kentucky will be spending its postseason in the NIT, not the NCAA Tournament.|
|Stanford's Josh Childress could be the star of the tournament -- for his play, and his hair.|