- Set up a mini basketball game. Using Nerf balls (so younger kids won't hurt each other) and lower hoops, create a court just the right size for the littlest basketball fans. If they're too young to understand playing a full game, try a game like HORSE, where each time a tot scores a basket she gets a letter until she spells out the word horse. Better yet, choose a word that is associated with your favorite team for them to spell out.
- Create a basketball-themed buffet. Dessert tables are still all the rage, and a March Madness table is easy to create. Basketball-decorated cake pops, a basketball cake, bowls filled with cantaloupe cut with a melon baller, and themed cookies, like the ones pictured above ($65), make for a beautifully themed table.
- Put the kids in training camp. During half time, arrange a series of dribbling and shooting drills, silly obstacle courses, and ultimately a piñata for tots to develop their hoops skills.
Most of you — 84 percent — said that March Madness betting is all in good fun, in a recent poll. But did you know that the enjoyment you get while watching the college basketball games will be reduced if you're betting on the outcome? In fact, it even "ruins it for many people," says Stephen Nowlis, professor of marketing at Washington University. Fortune cites Nowlis:
It's basic psychology, he says: lay down a bet for a team to win, and you'll feel jittery and anxious as you watch. We are our own worst enemies.
Everyone may have conflicting opinions about Nowlis's theory. Those who participate (but aren't in it to win) in a betting pool can probably laugh off their losses more easily than those who take it seriously. If you have money on the line, seeing your favored team losing will probably hit you more negatively. What do you think — does betting take the fun away from March Madness?
It's currently the month when America's top college basketball teams start competing for the national title aka March Madness time! I don't think there is anything wrong with placing small bets and having a friendly competition with your pals, but some of you may disagree with me. A good rule of thumb for gambling is to only put forward an amount you're willing to lose and to not assume that you're going to make money off of it. Hey, $5 bets are fun when you're competing with your friends! So what do you think of March Madness betting — is it harmless fun?