It’s that time of year again.
The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and my knowledge of college basketball still remains at an all-time low. But, year in and year out, I pick a March Madness bracket anyway, because apparently I don’t like money.
Honestly, though, March Madness is one of my favorite times of the year, because it brings back memories of getting the gang together for a couple days of basketball and debauchery that is rivaled by few other sporting events. Beyond trying to actually cash in with a decent bracket showing, the trash talking, buzzer beaters and more trash talking make the investment worth the loss.
But as I’ve grown older and found less free time on my hands, watching NCAA hoops throughout the season hasn’t exactly been priority number one in life, so my bracket usually becomes a crap shoot. For the past couple seasons, I’ve chosen winners based on the whims of a toddler, who generally chooses the color of the team she likes better or which mascot is cuter.
(It’s not a bad strategy, actually.)
And as I thought about filling out my bracket via emoji this season as a way to really throw caution to the wind, I had a revelation: I know a lot more about Frisbees than I do about college basketball.
With that in mind, I introduce the Noodle Arm Disc Golf March Mold Mania event.
Pitting 64 discs from top manufacturers out of four “regions” – Warp Speed Drivers, Control/Fairway Drivers, Midranges, and Putters – the March Mold Mania event will be the ultimate determination of the best disc in the land.
Or, it’ll be a popularity contest. Either way, it should be fun.
(Full disclosure: I’ve seen similar takes on this before – there was a good thread on DGCourseReview.com last year around this time, and top disc manufacturer Discraft is currently running a bracket for all of its own molds – but I thought putting this together for Noodle Arm Disc Golf readers would be a fun way to interact and do something different.)
So, I’d love for everyone to vote on the matchups below. The elimination period for each round will mirror the rounds of the NCAA tournament, so this first set will run through Friday. We’ll knock it down to the Sweet 16 by Monday, and so on, until we reach the Final Four on the weekend of April 4.
Pro tip: Be sure to press “VOTE” on every matchup. I was testing this out earlier, got into it, and realized I wasn’t voting by just scrolling down the page. Derp.
Once we get to the Final Four molds, I’ll be running a prediction contest, with the winner receiving one of the four discs that make it from each region.
So, have at it, and feel free to leave some predictions in the comments below. Who is a deep sleeper out of the putter region? Will a No. 11 seed midrange triumph over a No. 6? Can any disc take down the Teebird?
We’ll find out soon enough. Let the mania begin!
Warp Speed Driver Bracket
Control/Fairway Driver Bracket