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A Dad’s Guide to Surviving March Madness

By mikeadamick |

We are a big sports family and love to watch pretty much every baseball game that’s ever played from spring break to the World Series. From time to time, my daughter and I will even put on eye black and make hot dogs for dinner, just to make it feel like we’re at the ballpark. And my wife held a special dinner party when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training this year.

But of all the sports we love as family, my wife and daughter are just not that into basketball.

More basketball?” my daughter agonizes, whenever she finds me watching a game.

The odd thing is, I’m not a huge basketball fan either, but I do love me some March Madness. By the time the collegiate tournament gets down to the Final Four, I’m usually really into it, even if my beloved Michigan is out (likely) or my choices for a friendly pool have already been eliminated (highly likely).

I have a feeling March Madness this year is going to be … challenging. Still, I’ve learned a few things over the years to watch the games in peace while avoiding family … issues. Here are some tips for surviving March Madness in your house.

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A Dad's Guide to Surviving March Madness

Watch with the kids

I know some dads who tell their daughters to go away because "Daddy's watching the big game" or some such. I call BS. If I'm interested in something, I always try to get my daughter to watch. Chatting about mascots is a good opener for any sport, and then you can get into the thrill of the three. Making up your own chants and cheers is also usually a big winner, as is a map to show where each team is from.



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As the “Daddy Issues” columnist for and a prime mover at “The Poop,” the parenting blog of the San Francisco Chronicle, Mike Adamick is no stranger to writing about modern fatherhood with wit and wisdom. He blogs at Cry It Out! Read bio and latest posts → Read mikeadamick's latest posts →

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One thought on “A Dad’s Guide to Surviving March Madness

  1. Stacy says:

    Great article! As a new mom and March Madness lover, I need to figure something out to see the games. I haven’t missed Vegas for the opening two rounds in over 10 years. What will I do without 30+ hours of basketball in the Venetian sports book? Change diapers, I guess…

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