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What’s Up Chasers,

If you’re a sports fan, you certainly got a busy weekend ahead of. We got the continuation of the NCAA Tournament both on the men’s and women’s sides. NBA and NHL playoff races continue as the season is coming to a close and the “real” beginning of the MLB season is happening this Sunday.

Plus, we have a very special event at FC Gotham for the Arsenal v. Man City match this Saturday for you Chasers out there. Below is a flyer for the event with all of the information about it. Join our Facebook event and invite your friends!

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Let the MADNESS Begin

Dear Chasers,

It’s a fantastic time to be a sports fan! This weekend alone, we got the NCAA Tournament, one of the most exciting event in sports. By the end of the weekend, 52 games will have been played and that’s only the first weekend of March Madness! The NBA and NHL playoffs are fast approaching and a ton of great games this weekend. Finally, this Saturday we have the opening day in Major League Baseball with the LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks traveling to Australia to open up the 2014 MLB Season.

But first, let’s get ready for March Madness with this video of the most memorable Buzzer Beaters!

So good luck to everyone who created a bracket, and don’t forget to find a bar to watch your game!

This weekend game selection

A sneak peak of this weekend’s schedule (Mar. 21-23)

Schedule SportChaser

  • Friday – Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers – NBA – 7:00pm – Find a bar
  • Saturday – Chelsea vs Arsenal – BPL – 8:40am – Find a bar
  • Saturday – NY Rangers at NJ Devils – NHL – 7:00pm – Find a bar
  • Saturday – LA Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks – MLB – 10:00pm – Find a bar
  • Sunday – Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona – La Liga – 4:00pm – Find a bar
  • All weekend  – March Madness – NCAAM – All Day – Find a bar

New York City Top Ten Bars for March Madness

With March Madness beginning this week, we hope you got your brackets in order and are prepared for an exciting tournament. But if you’re looking for place in NYC to watch the games this weekend, here are some of our favorite bars that will give you a great viewing experience for the NCAA Tournament.

Ranked as one of the tops sports bars in America by Sports Illustrated. It’s a smaller bar, but you will feel right at home. On Thursday and Friday, they will be open at Noon to begin your March Madness experience. Plus, FREE PIZZA!

  • Red Star 37 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn NY 11222

redstarA great place to watch the opening rounds of March Madness. Some great cheap food and 14 craft beer on tap with a ton space and TVs exactly where you would want them. What more could you ask for?!

The Ainsworth

This place is huge! Has over 40 HD TVs and has a great menu for a great bar experience. Since it’s March Madness and you’re probably going to be sitting for many hours, this is a great place to do it at.

  • SNAP 248 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

SNAPGreat Cheeseburgers at this place. Pretty spacious sports bar and has a ton of TVs surrounding the whole bar, so you won’t miss a shot during March Madness.

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WogiesWogie’s is Philly bar, so Giants fan beware, but if you want a great experience when it comes to awesome wings and Philly cheesesteaks than this is an tremendous bar for March Madness.

Boomer Esiason's Stadium GrillIf you somehow get stuck in Time Square, check Boomer Esiason’s Stadium Grill. Has a wall of 50” inch TVs and some great sports memorable to look at. Plus, a pretty extensive menu. Another cool place to check out for the early rounds of March Madness.

Finnerty's Irish PubIf you’re from the Bay area and looking for a bar, than Finnerty’s is a great place for you. But as great as they are to their Bay area brotherhood, they are just as great to everyone else. Great place to watch March Madness.

  • Bar 515 515 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Bar 515Bar 515 is great bar that is very accommodating. They have a bunch of TVs surrounding the bar and a 12 foot projection screen that will help showcase the Madness in March Madness. Additionally, it has a great menu and is very spacious. A consideration, if you’re looking to watch March Madness this week.

barflyBarfly is a sports bar & restaurant that’s been a neighborhood favorite for close to 20 years with great food and great people. Sounds like a good match for March Madness.

  • Woodwork 583 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

WoodworkGreat Atmosphere for sports fan with great food and beer. Want that intimate feel with the crowd, than Woodwork should work for you.

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Wherever you end up watching  March Madness, we wish you luck in your pools, leagues and your potential billion dollar bracket. See you soon on SportChaser.com!

What type of bracket personality do I have?

March Madness is approaching fast and on Sunday, we found out what the NCAA Tournament would look like. But before you start your bracket, you must ask yourself, “What type of bracket personality do I have”. In this post, we will look at the some of the most ridiculous strategies that people use in order to win their pools. Hell, perhaps you’re even on this list.

1.       “Of course a #1 seed will beat a #4!”

Maybe, you’re “that guy”. A guy who ends up with a perfect bracket; and no, it does not mean you picked every game right. What it means is you were able to use logic and perfectly pick your bracket. Somehow you ended up with a bracket that has no upsets at all. Your bracket looks exactly like something that a person with no knowledge about college basketball made by taking the easy way out and selecting the higher seeds. Get ready to be laughed at by your office pool.

2.       “Why do you have a #10 seed and #14 seed in your Final Four?”

Perhaps, you’re this guy, the guy who was way too overzealous about a particular team. The guy who believes that he has somehow uncovered the next George Mason (do your research people). Maybe you somehow got that pick right in the early rounds, you know, the huge upset that destroyed everyone else’s bracket; and then fell in love with that team. Maybe it was a #14 seed from a Central Florida University that you never heard of. You can imagine these kids going into the tournament, hungry for the title,  with no one believing in them except themselves.  But thats all they need, because once they get there they will have pulled the biggest upset in college sports history. You can picture the joy on their faces, and imagine a compilation the team going up to the podium, the “freeze frame” the coach holding the trophy above his head, teammates surrounding him, joy and pride on their faces. End scene. There’s only one problem, this isn’t Hollywood. Be respectful towards the upsets, some people dreams have been crushed.

3.       “Did your 4-year old son pick your bracket?”

It’s understandable for people to not have a great amount of knowledge for college basketball. But honestly, not all of the games are a coin flip. Don’t be the guy whose bracket looks like you threw darts to make your decisions. Especially, if you have two #11 seeds and a #14 seed all advancing to the Sweet 16. Also, don’t pick teams just because you like their name. Just because Xavier reminds of Professor X from the X-men doesn’t mean they’re going to Final Four.

4.       “Did you know….ughhhhhhh!”

It’s possible that you are this person, or have met this type of person: The Statistic Man! Don’t we all love the person who thinks he is so much smarter than everyone else that he can’t help but tell you some ridiculous fact about something you didn’t even care about in the first place? This person probably doesn’t change around March Madness. They’ll probably come up with a fact about how Louisville hasn’t lost a game in the NCAA tournament when the game location is less than 800 miles away from Louisville since 2005. Are you kidding me? Look, it’s nice to know some facts (pretty much every tournament has had a #4 or #5 seed defeated in the first round) and play towards them, but there are “facts” out there that are ludicrous. So don’t base your decision on any fact that looks like this; “Duke has only won the national title when they were ranked #1, #5, #7, #12 in the nation, but only when they were seeded #1, #2, or #4 in the NCAA tournament and wearing their slightly darker blue jerseys (probably not true)”. If a “fact” sounds outrageous, it probably is, use common sense, don’t follow it.

5.       “Dicky V FTW!”

Sometimes we can’t always make our decisions for ourselves. Occasionally, we need some advice. Especially when that decision is who going to win between an #8 and #9 seed (I hate those games). This is when ESPN and the internet become your best friend. You spend countless hours searching for picks that “experts” have made. But, you eventually end up on some blogger’s site and that writer convinces you that a #5 seed is going to win it all (by the way, a #5 seed has never won the NCAA tournament). So be careful, listen to the “real experts” and follow your gut. Or better yet, listen to a friend of yours. At least if they make a bad decision, you can berate them about it. It’s better than smashing your computer, and more fun too.

6. “I’ve been up for 62 hours straight… JUST FILLING OUT MY BRACKETS”

When it comes to March Madness, let’s all be honest, we all fill out multiple brackets. If you’re like most people, maybe you’ll fill three or four solid brackets, with a handful of brackets that are filled with predictions that didn’t pan out. Perhaps you’re a little more hardcore, and you filled out 10-15 brackets that you think are awesome. Then there’s the guy who thinks he has the time to pick every conceivable bracket in the realm of the universe. This guy has made so many brackets that he has killed a tree….by himself. This guy has made so many brackets that he has forgotten what human contact feels like. He has made so many brackets, that he would put Jaime Madrox to shame (comic book reference). By all means, fill out as many brackets as your heart desires. But I can assure you, you are most likely not going to be able to fill out enough brackets to get that fabled “PERFECT” bracket.

So whoever you are, and whichever type of bracket personality you may have, we still love you at Sportchaser and remember to enjoy the Madness of March Madness. It’s one of the best times to be a sports fan. We wish you all the best of luck in all of your pools and leagues.

– Jon

This weekend schedule – March 14-16

A sneak peak of this weekend’s schedule (Mar. 14-16):

  • Friday – ACC Tournament Quarterfinals – NCAAM – 7:00pm – Find a bar
  • Friday – SEC Tournament Quarterfinals – NCAAM – 7:00pm – Find a bar
  • Saturday – France vs Ireland – Rugby – 1:00pm – Find a bar
  • Saturday – Colorado Rapids at NY Red Bulls – MLS – 5:00pm – Find a bar
  • Saturday – UFC 171 – 10:00pm – Find a bar
  • Sunday – Arsenal at Tottenham – English Soccer – 11:55am – Find a bar
  • Sunday – Selection Sunday – NCAAM – 6:00pm – Find a bar
  • Sunday – Houston Rockets at Miami Heat – NBA – 3:30pm – Find a bar

SportChaser schedule