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Heather’s Hit List – NCAA Brackets 2014
Heather’s Hit List – NCAA Brackets 2014

March Madness is HERE! The Cyclones and Hawkeyes are in, so the madness is reaching a fever pitch in central Iowa. But before you turn those final sheets in, let’s talk “bracketology”.

First of all, no one cares about your brackets. Unless specifically asked, assume people don’t care who you’ve got for first round upsets or going to the Final Four. Please don’t bore everybody with constant Facebook status updates talking about your stupid brackets.

Someone kick me in the head if I ever pick Bill Full-of-Him-Self and Kansas to win the entire thing. I think the cheer is supposed to be “Rock CHOKE Jayhawk”. The same is true for Arizona, Duke, and any team coached by Steve Alford.

If you’ve watched a lot of college basketball and pour over stats and analysis, you’re not going to win the office pool. The office pool will be won by the lady in human resources who picks teams based on uniform colors and how cute she thinks the coach is. Or Rosie the Dog, who only picks dog mascots and refuses to advance any team that ends in “cats”.

Don’t be lured into entering the Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge. ESPN has been doing a bracket contest for 13 years and one one has ever come close to perfection. ESPN’s John Driver said it best, saying”I don’t want to say it’s impossible, but it’s basically impossible”. As in 1 in 9 quintillion. But Quicken Loans will be the big winner, gathering all that information about where you live and how much you still owe on your mortgage.

Got too much March Madness? Maybe, if you hear Dickie V in your dreams…and swear Clark Kellogg just passed you in the skywalk…and One Shining Moment makes you cry like a baby….and you’ve started referring to your younger son as a “strong 2 seed”. Try to remember it’s only a game. Or a lot of games. And remind me of that when the Cyclones make a run at the FINAL FOUR BABY!!! (And Go Hawks too)


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About Maxwell Maxwell is celebrating 34 years in radio with more than 25 years "On-The-Air" in Des Moines! His familiar voice & face grace local, regional and national radio and TV advertising, and his passion for theater has been displayed as both actor and director at Stagewest Theater Company and the Playhouse in Des Moines, where he was honored with a 2012 Playhouse "Legend" Award. He is an avid hockey fan, manning the microphone for 18 seasons as P.A. announcer for the Des Moines Buccaneers. Email Maxwell

About Pam Pam Dixon has been a familiar voice to central Iowans for over 30 years. A Beaverdale native & Hoover High graduate, Pam has to pinch herself that she’s working for the radio station she grew up listening to in Des Moines! Pam was formerly heard on KRNQ (Q-102) and KLYF in the 80’s and 90’s before being lured back to the biz by KIOA! As a breast cancer survivor, Pam is active with the Susan G. Komen Iowa Foundation and Bras for the Cause. Email Pam

About Heather Heather Burnside's quest to be on every radio & TV station in Des Moines has (hopefully!) come to an end with her latest stop at KIOA. Heather started at WHO-TV as a sportscaster, moved on to ESPN as an associate producer, and got into radio when she moved back to Iowa after two years of stalking celebrities and athletes on the East Coast. She doesn't want to talk about how she’s old enough to have a 20 year broadcasting career, instead preferring to believe she’s managed to cram all of that excitement & a 13 year radio career into one decade. Heather is very glad Pam is back, she’s like the big sister she never had. After discovering Max is a nice guy who can cook, sing, play guitar, & hit a golf ball a mile, she figures it’ll take that long to find something he isn't good at. Email Heather