How’s that NCAA Tournament bracket thing working out for you? Yeah, thought so. Same here.

But the thing is, you’re really smart, and you know your sports, and anyways, college basketball is a total crapshoot — one loss, and you go home — as opposed to a Major League Baseball season, in which the truth is always revealed after 162 games.

So you know what you have to do: Put a match to your NCAA bracket (legal disclaimer: We mean that figuratively), and focus your attention on our Third Annual Baseball Insider Picks Contest — an arena where your true genius can come through, and where there is zero chance you will lose to that guy from accounting who makes his NCAA picks based on the relative ferocity of the teams’ mascots.

Updated: Here’s how it works, as those of you who have played before already know: Put your picks in the comments section. You will be picking all six division winners, both wild cards, the World Series winner and loser and all eight major individual awards (MVPs, Cy Youngs and rookies and managers of the year).

The point system will be as follows:

1 point for each correct division winner and wild card. (One-half point if your division winner makes the playoffs as a wild card, and vice-versa.)

1 point for each correct award pick.

2 points for each correct World Series participant.

2 additional points for correctly picking the World Series winner.

Tiebreaker: guess the number of wins for the Nationals in 2011.

The deadline: 1 p.m. Thursday, just before the Nationals take the field for opening day.

The winner, to be determined in November once the awards are handed out, will once again receive the coveted Very Special Prize.

And just like last year, please send me an e-mail ( with your commenter ID once you are finished, so that I will have an easier time tracking you down in the event you win the contest. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the Very Special Prize.

And now, to get us started, here are my 2011 picks:

AL East: Red Sox

AL Central: Tigers

AL West: A’s

AL wild card: Yankees

NL East: Braves

NL Central: Reds

NL West: Rockies

NL wild card: Phillies

World Series: Phillies over Red Sox

AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees

AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez, Mariners

AL rookie: Jeremy Hellickson, Rays

AL manager: Bob Geren, A’s

NL MVP: Albert Pujols, Cardinals

NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum, Giants

NL rookie: Freddie Freeman, Braves

NL manager: Fredi Gonzalez, Braves

Nationals’ win total (tiebreaker): 76

UPDATE — Kilgore’s Picks: Billy Beane’s S%$& Works in the Playoffs Edition

NL East: Braves

NL Central: Brewers

NL West: Rockies

NL Wild Card: Giants

AL East: Red Sox

AL Central: White Sox

AL West: A’s

AL Wild card: Yankees

World Series: A’s over Brewers

NL MVP: Jason Heyward

NL Cy Young: Josh Johnson

NL Rookie: Danny Espinosa (what a homer!)

NL manager: Ron Roenicke

AL MVP: Robinson Cano

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander

AL Rookie: Jeremy Hellickson

AL manager: Terry Francona