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Beyond Basketball, March Madness Brackets Worth Playing

From weed to music, get your fix without having to tune in to the games.

Beware: Basketball is about to take over your life. From social media sites to every bar and restaurant TV you see, ball and brackets are supreme this month as sports fans descend upon the city and tune in for the best in amateur athletics. For those who don’t care to talk college basketball, don’t sweat it: There are still plenty of opportunities to participate in March Madness.

The+Source Dispensaries

If shooting a J isn’t your thing, smoke a J instead. The+Source is hosting Reefer Madness March 12 to April 2, when customers can vote between two specials each round. The winning special moves forward and becomes available the following weekend. To participate, customers and patients must be enrolled in The+Source’s rewards program. Each vote earns you 100 rewards points.

Round One (March 12–15): 8|Fold 250 mg disposable vape pen vs. Cannabella hard candies. Spend $80 and pick between the vape pen or the cannabis edibles and concentrate producer out of Carson City.

Round Two (March 19–22): Hyve shatter vs. 1/8 of 8|Fold. Buy 2 grams of Hyve concentrate, get one gram of the cannabis extract or get an extra 1/8 with the purchase of 3/8. 

Round Three (March 26–29): First-round winner vs. second-round winner.

March 12–April 2, 9 a.m.–10 p.m., 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 8, and 9480 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 185, Henderson, thesourcenv.com

XPOZ Battle of the Fans

With the Las Rageous music festival coming up in April, XPOZ, a group that supports a smoke-free music scene, is hosting its annual Battle of the Fans competition. One local band will win the festival’s opening spot with your help. Voting for the top 20 out of 26 bands ends at 5 p.m. on March 9. After that, the first set of 10 bands will perform at Hard Rock Live on March 9 and the second set of 10 bands hits the stage March 10. The top six bands will battle it out in the finals on March 24, and the winner will be announced at the end of the show. Some of the Las Rageous hopefuls include School of Rock, Duct Tape Shoes and Astoria. Be sure to vote for you favorite band so they can compete for a spot at Las Rageous. Tickets to each round are $10. 5 p.m., $10, 3771 S. Las Vegas Blvd., hardrock.com

Mascot Madness

If you still want to jump on the basketball bandwagon but don’t have enough college-ball knowledge to fill out your bracket, try the mascot strategy. The NCAA has all the mascot stats since 1985 (the year the modern format of the NCAA tournament started) from all 295 schools that have participated. The mascots are broken into nine categories: people, dogs, cats, birds, bears, other animals, mythical, weather/elemental and miscellaneous. Mythical-mascot teams have taken 58.5 percent of the wins since 1985, people-mascot teams have taken home seven  championships and Wildcats come in as the winningest, with six wins between the three schools that use the mascot. Disclaimer: You probably shouldn’t put all your money in the pot based off your mascot bracket—there is no real pattern, but at least it will be fun!

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