Every card feels perfect because it is picked from the heart. Most of us lost the NCAA Pick'em contest, and I know that today -- the kickoff of the bowl season -- you feel you have sent the winning card. Heck, most of you told me you did in your email. I’d like a guarantee that you'll be a winner. I'd like to guarantee your favorite team will win national championships. I'd like to end my team's suffering. But our suffering surely makes us better at something in life. Just like how the loss of one sense makes the other's stronger, or how Obi Wan letting himself get light sabered made him a bigger badass, your NCAA Pick'em loss gave you the strength to skillfully pick FORTY FREAKING ONE bowl games with confidence.
So this is what I'm trying to say here: The Bowl Pick'em Challenge is not a guarantee of happiness, but the strength to endure a spectacularly long bowl season. The strength to watch game after game from dawn to dusk until you wonder where the day went. The strength to have fearless confidence in your Akron-Utah State pick. The strength to stand firm when your 41 point pick goes down. The strength to persevere through nearly 1 month of mostly meaningless exhibitions. The strength to rejoice in victory, even as your competition mourns. How awesome that Bowl Pick'em Challenge touches everyone who dared to be extra picky.
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