I am a HUGE college basketball fan…and obviously a HUGE walkability fan too.
So it was only a matter of time before I found a way to mashup two of my loves. Enter the NCAA Tourney Bracket.
The concept is simple: take the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket and instead of selecting which team would win on the basketball court, select the school that’s located in the more walkable city or town.
I do realize this is really difficult to do, but now that I’ve done it, it was a great learning process and fun to fill out my bracket. And you can too. Just fill out the bracket below and click submit. The winners of this round will move on to the Round of 32.
Now I’m sure you’re thinking, how do you rate which town is more walkable? Well, that’s up to you. I used Google Maps for the places I wasn’t familiar with. Some will probably use Walk Score. Others will just know. That’s what makes it fun.
One not so fun thing is that one VERY IMPORTANT team was missing this year. My Illinois Fighting Illini We just missed the cut. It’s probably because they knew what a dilemma it would be for my walkable cities tourney because the campus is split by two cities: Urbana and Champaign. So do I list Urbana where most of the academic buildings are? Or Champaign where the basketball games are played? Or both? Or will the world end first? Well, I hope I have that problem next year. This year it’s NIT obsession time!!
Enough rambling, on with the brackets. The First Round Bracket voting will close after the games on Friday night.
Oh, and after you submit your votes below, please share this with all of your friends. Then come back in a few days, see who won, and vote in the next few rounds.
Man, there are some really tough matchups in this bracket! If I had to guess at which cities emerge to the Final Four, I will guess Columbus out of the South (we have A LOT of Facebook Fans in Columbus), Washington DC out of the East, a shocker…Eugene, OR out of the West, and New York out of the Midwest. The East looks like the toughest bracket!!
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