Why you should care

Because there are big prizes on the line.

The seeds are set, the bubbles have burst and now the fun begins. We here at OZY take our March Madness seriously, and this year we’re bringing everyone along for the ride, with some sweet prizes on the line.

Our ace sportswriter Matt Foley follows hoops for a living, and he thinks he knows more than you about how this unpredictable tournament will unfold. So here’s your chance to Stump the Chump. Start by joining the OZY Huddle Bracket Group on Yahoo! Sports and make sure your email address is visible to us. Then finalize your bracket by Thursday, March 15, at 12 p.m. ET, when the first-round games tip off.

Foley will publish his picks early in the week for your trash-talking and strategizing pleasure. And if you can, in fact, stump the chump, goodies await: After the champs cut down the nets on April 2, we will bestow upon the OZY Huddle Bracket winner two tickets to the hottest event of the summer in New York: OZY Fest, which is now expanding to two days, July 21–22, in Central Park.

Never been to OZY Fest? Think TED meets Coachella. In past years, Wyclef Jean and Jason Derulo have rocked the stage; Kirsten Gillibrand, Malcolm Gladwell, Cory Booker, Jeb Bush and Mark Cuban have shared their insights; and chef Eddie Huang has chopped, seasoned and sautéed to fill festivalgoers’ bellies.

If your bracket hopes are dashed in the Final Four, fear not. Readers near the top of the leaderboard will get exclusive OZY swag.

It’s time to get into The Huddle this March: Click here to #BeatMattFoley.

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