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      Bracket pressure

      The hours are growing short and I must fill out my NCAA playoff bracket. It's required by the management, and I'm not eligible to win any of the prizes offered on our website.

      So the only reason to publicly display my ignorance is to become the target of ridicule as my choices go down to defeat one after another. It is the same every March, no matter how much research I may do, no matter how little I know about the teams. Usually, the bracket challenge in our newsroom is won by some 22 year old woman who made her choices based upon the team uniform colors. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

      So, I will dutifully fill out the brackets and within one round I will be at the bottom of the heap. I'm just sayin' if you want to win the bracket challenge fill it out exactly the opposite from my choices.

      P.S. My thanks to the fine folks at Heffner preschool at the East Toledo Family Center for allowing me to read to the kids yesterday. It was a lot of fun.