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Tuesday, March 27, 2007
March Madness and Groupism

Jon Hanson and I have a post up on The Situationist on what March Madness and, more generally, our team allegiances and group affiliations, might say about us and human behavior.

We believe that the very same attributions that drive us toward caring so deeply about our schools and teams emerge in many other life contexts, some good, some not so good.

We hope you check out our post.


Very interesting post, Mike. A good read during March Madness, and the pictures are an added bonus.

Blogger Tim Epstein -- 3/27/2007 4:10 PM  

Thanks Tim, I appreciate you reading it and your kind words about it.

Blogger Michael McCann -- 3/28/2007 12:13 AM  

There is an insanity that comes with sports.

I run several college web sites and nothing matches the hell of a loss.

It all starts when the schedule comes out and the predictions are posted. The team is suddenly going to win 2 or 3 more games than it has won in decades. The easy wins aren't penciled in, they go in ink (or the cyber version). The team you beat last year at home on an overtime field goal is now a road game and marked down as an easy win. The team that routed them on the road is marked as a sure win because its at home.

Then the game week arrives. More predictions of sure victory.

Then the star running back rolls his ankle on the first drive, his replacement fumbles it away and before you know it, game over, the good guys lose.

Then the despair hits. The coach can't get it done, the team has no heart, blah, blah, blah and on it goes until someone starts a thread of predictions for the next game.

Blogger Mark -- 3/29/2007 1:53 AM  

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