By Rex Sheild @RexfordJunior on March 21, 2014
It's a tradition unlike any other -- winning your NCAA Tournament Pool. You walk around your office with the utmost amount of confidence, reminding everyone who the king of the work space is in filling out the March Madness bracket. But you hit a roadblock as you stare at your bracket with a winning twinkle in your eye: What do I do with my earnings?
Here are the 10 necessary things you should do.
I know it may not be one of the sexiest options (hence, why it's No. 10), but it never hurts to put the money in the bank and enjoy it sometime at a later convenience. Plus, you can extend your bragging rights into the public realm when you go to the bank by letting the bank teller know, without them even asking, you won the fat stacks from your NCAA Tournament pool.
Your winnings will most likely not amount to a ridiculous sum of money in which you can use toward starting your own foundation, but it is always a good idea to give back to the community, either at the local or national level. You're simply holding up your obligation of being a good Samaritan, and everyone loves that.
You've watched all of the NCAA Tournament games on your couch, but the feeling of jumping up and down in front of your television can only be tolerated for so long. The perfect solution to this is getting in on the real-game action for yourself and relishing all the beautiful sights and sounds of the sporting world. Best of all, you can share your passion for the game with thousands of your closest friends.
If you look good, you play good. Whether you're playing pickup basketball at your local YMCA or prepping for an important business meeting -- the one who stands out the most is the one who is the most sharply dressed. Your wardrobe just screams confidence and class, and your fellow employees will take note. Who knows, maybe the cute girl or guy you're too afraid to talk to finally takes notice.
Otherwise known as the 'Man' or 'Woman' Cave, your enhanced sports-watching experience makes your house the place to be when the office, or friends in general, want to get together for the big game. Surround system speakers. HD flat-screen TVs. Leather couches. The possibilities are endless for you to enjoy the madness of sports.
Follow in the footsteps of Xzibit and 'pimp your ride' to truly reveal the heart and soul of your fandom. No more folding chairs or amateur tailgating. (That sounds like an infomercial, eh?). Clear out a school bus, blast the tunes and make it the best tailgating experience one has ever witnessed each and every game you attend.
As mentioned in the song made famous by Ron Browz and Jim Jones with Juelz Santana, it is only right to pop champagne like you won the championship game. You slaved hours looking over minuscule statistics to make your bracket perfect, and now it's your time to party like a rock-star.
Nothing beats skipping work on a Friday and getting away from the stresses of the office than escaping to your favorite/dream vacation destination. Make it a family affair, a weekend with the boys/girls, or a solo ride. The one and only prerequisite: It has to be completely and utterly full of nothing but relaxation.
'Honey, you spent how much on the NCAA Tournament Pool?!?' Nothing gets you out of the dog house like buying your significant other what I like to call bling bling. He or she can show it off to their friends and everyone is happy. But if this scenario doesn't apply, go ahead and splurge on yourself because remember -- you're the NCAA Tournament Pool King.
If we've learned anything from March Madness, it's that anything is possible; I guess we learned that from Kevin Garnett, too. Nevertheless, whether your favorite team lost in the first round, made it to the championship game, or anything in between, put the money back into March Madness. It's the least you can do for the wild ride it takes us all on every single year.
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