So I was pretty happy when Ebuz told me our gym was rectifying its former oversight of the NCAA women's basketball tournament by doing a women's bracket this year as well. We filled out our brackets (I am doing fairly well by the way, 3 of my 4 final four picks made it) and turned them in. The men's bracket results were posted the day after round 1 finished. Because the women's round 1 finished a day later I waited to inquire where our results were. When I did, I was told they would be up in a few days. It's over a week later--no results. Neither EBuz nor I have ventured near the front desk again to ask. We're a little bit afraid we are the only ones who filled out a bracket.
Still---I'm pissed. We wonder, when members went to the desk to ask for their bracket, if the staff even bothered to ask "men's or women's?" Because there wasn't a women's bracket last year it's possible very few people even knew it was an option. Certainly the lack of visible results is a sign to members that there isn't one or that it isn't important enough to post.
The argument certainly cannot be made that women aren't interested in sports because a glance at the leaders of the men's bracket show women have done a pretty good job choosing the winners. It does however suggest that there is still little interest in women's sports--even basketball. Guess Candace Parker is going to have to do a lot more dunking before I can convince the gym management (all 4 owners are men in case anyone thinks that matters) that the women's bracket should be posted and even--gasp--promoted.