Is the Deseret News aiding, abetting watercooler gambling?

Pardon us for aiding and abetting a crime.

The Deseret News, along with every other media outlet in the country, printed a bracket in Monday's edition to help our readers, ahem, follow the NCAA basketball tournament, if you get the way I've drifted.

It could also be used — and this probably didn't occur to you — for an office betting pool.

Yes, this came as a complete shock to me, too, and I was, of course, appalled.

So we apologize for the temptation. It could be interpreted as the equivalent of giving a teenager a fake ID and a map for spring-break parties.

Office pools, as you know, are criminal activity if money is involved. So at this point, I'm going to have to advise you to put down the bracket and back away slowly with your hands where I can see them.

No one should think that we are advocating gambling. On the other hand, if you are among the 35 MILLION AMERICANS WHO PARTICIPATE IN AN OFFICE POOL and can still sleep at night, then feel free to use our bracket to gamble away your kids' college fund and next week's groceries.

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