The Bachelor Curse

One Less Excuse to NOT Study

March Madness? You don’t see me watching (much of the rest of) March Madness no more…

Mostly because my school made a swift (first-round), low rate-of-success (low filed-goal percentage) and shocking (losing to a lower-seeded team) early exit!

Roast beef
Will you accept this roast? (Photo credit: adactio)

I blame the team’s sub-par performance on the Bachelor, yes that show The Bachelor!

Superstition

For those who never heard of this “reality” show, it was one of the first of its kind and still running strong (I suppose, and I ain’t checking the data, people). The show is about some guy (or a girl, then the show is called The Bachelorette) finding a (potential) love of his life/spouse/soul mate in a pool of a number of X women. A rose is given to each contestant who is chosen to the next round, and so on, til the final rose is given. (Why don’t we do it on a more “mainstream” setting, say the

This past season, the producer/creator/host of the show decided that the main guy should go “connect” with the audience, so they traveled all over America and crashed viewing parties. One of the locations was a sorority house of some university, MY alma mater! Talking about aversive stimulus stimuli!

I have no doubt that the universe is overcoming the disgrace by handing out an early vacation to my college team. Gotta blame somebody, right?

However, in our field, there is no such behavior as superstition. Admit it, we all do it: some kind of (excessive, non-practical) behaviors for “luck” one way or another. Some guy blows onto his hand before he rolls the dice, a baseball player adjusts his batting gloves 7 times clockwise before he takes a pitch… you name it.

So now what?

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it” or the Samuel Goldwyn version, “the harder I work, the luckier I get.” So I guess the good news is now I can focus on some other things I have control over, let’s say, this blog and studying for the board exam but not before I turn off the TV remote, or shovel snow, a LOT of snow.