It is the final week of February and you know what that means...at least for all the sports fans out there: March Madness 2010 is just around the corner. Even if you are not an avid sports fan, you undoubtedly are familiar with March Madness. This is the term used to describe the month-long process of conference tournaments and then the 65-team national tournament that ultimately results in the crowning of a single champion in mens college basketball. It has been estimated that this yearly event costs businesses billions of dollars in lost productivity as employees research matchups to fill out their brackets for their office pools, check scores or watch games online, or are just generally distracted by all the talk of favorites, underdogs, upsets, and exciting moments. So what in the world does March Madness have to do with buttons? Well I'm glad you asked. Today, we are going give you a create idea for your office pool that - not surprisingly - involves buttons! There are typically two ways that NCAA Tournament pools are done:
- Everyone fills out a bracket, predicting winners for each of the 64 games that lead us to a champion. This can be done all at the beginning of the tournament or on a round-by-round basis.
- People draw or select a team or teams that are then designated as "theirs" throughout the course of the tournament. This is called an "elimination" or "survivor" pool because you are alive as long as your team or teams are alive.
- Our 2.25 inch beginner button making system, which includes a professional button machine and all of the supplies that you would need to do this type of March Madness pool for many, many years with a few supplies left over. Keep in mind that the majority of the teams in the tournament are the same from year to year. Obviously you could also use the supplies for other means in the meantime.
- Our free 2.25" button graphic templates for the software of your choice, our free tutorial on how to create a 2.25 inch button graphic, as well as our free tutorial on how to create a page full of button graphics to save on printing costs. (Note: the links in this bullet are for Open Office, which is a free software program. See the sidebar for tutorials for Corel Draw, Photoshop, and PrintShop.)
- A complete list of the teams in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, which will be available here after Selection Sunday on March 14th. (If you want to get a head start, you can begin making buttons now using projections from the experts.)
- Logos for each team in the tournament, which you can find here. (Note: links in the sidebar allow you to sort alphabetically.)
*********** - Kansas pinback button photo credit: PennantKing.com Brighid Brown - Director of Blogging and All Things Cool at ABM
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