Monday, March 12, 2007

Bracketology By D...

I’m positively giddy. The only time of year that makes me happier as a sports fan is late September into early October, when baseball wraps up, football kicks off, and the NHL & NBA are just about to gear up and roll out for their seasons.

March into April is a very close second. As I type this, I’m watching a Red Sox/Yankees game (preseason, sure. But still… Also, would it kill NESN to show the games in HD? They’ve got the capabilities… just pack the cameras and set them up. Sorry, had to rant), checking in on the latest NFL free agency, all while filling out my bracket and reading roughly 271,419 different “expert” opinions on how this year’s tournament is going to shake out, which teams got jobbed over, what storylines I’m going to be talking about (read: going to be beat over the head with) for the next five weeks, etc.

Today is a good day. And just to top it all off, Remy & Orsillo just had one of their patented “thirty seconds of dead air” while they giggled like 12-year old girls over some comment about the meaning of the word “philanthropy”. Triple word score for Remy – he challenged Orsillo to use it in a sentence. That brought the house down.

Anyway, since I’m reasonably good at picking brackets (or at least, the first round…), I figured I might as well give you all the “inside scoop”. And while I realize that my readership has recently tripled (now in double digits!), and most of the new readers are playing in the same ESPN Tournament Challenge group(s) as I am, all I ask is that if you copy my picks exactly, you don’t threaten bodily harm when we finish tied for last place.



East Rutherford:

UNC over E. Kentucky

Marquette over Michigan State

USC over Arkansas

Texas over New Mexico State

GW over Vanderbilt

Wash. State over Oral Roberts

Texas Tech over Boston College

G-Town over Belmont


UNC over Marquette

Texas over USC

Wash. State over GW

G-Town over Tx. Tech

Texas over UNC

G-Town over Wash. State


Texas over G-Town



San Antonio:

Ohio State over Central CT State

BYU over Xavier

Tennessee over Long Beach State

Albany over Virginia

Louisville over Stanford

Texas A&M over Pennsylvania

Creighton over Nevada

Memphis over North Texas


Ohio State over BYU

Albany over Tennessee

Texas A & M over Louisville

Memphis over Creighton

Ohio State over Albany

Texas A & M over Memphis


Ohio State over Texas A & M



St. Louis:

Florida over Jackson State

Purdue over Arizona

Butler over Old Dominion

Maryland over Davidson

Winthrop over Notre Dame

Oregon over Miami (OH)

UNLV over Georgia Tech

Wisconsin over Texas A&M – CC


Florida over Purdue

Butler over Maryland

Oregon over Winthrop

Wisconsin over UNLV


Butler over Florida

Wisconsin over Oregon


Wisconsin over Butler



San Jose:

Kansas over Play-In Winner (does it really matter? OK, fine - Niagara)

Villanova over Kentucky

Va. Tech over Illinois

S. Illinois over Holy Cross

Duke over VCU

Pittsburgh over Wright State

Gonzaga over Indiana

UCLA over Weber State


Kansas over Villanova

S. Illinois over Va. Tech

Pittsburgh over Duke

UCLA over Gonzaga


Kansas over S. Illiinois

UCLA over Pittsburgh


UCLA over Kansas



Final Four:

UCLA over Wisconsin

Ohio State over Texas



Championship:

Ohio State over UCLA, 74-68


And you have no idea how much, as a Michigan fan, that hurts to type.

So jump in to the ESPN.com Tourney Challenge, and join any or all of the groups I’m in (“Daily Quickie Readers”, “D---spin Pants Party”, and “Deadspin Pants Party”) and let’s see just how awful I am at this.

Lata.

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3 Comments:

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Brian in Oxford said...

The only way Ohio State and UCLA get up to 74-68 is if the game goes 4 overtimes. If they plan in the final, expect 44-41. *Yawn*

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Daddy-O said...

The fact you have Wisonsin and Butler in your Elite Eight makes me want to rethink all of my picks that are the same as yours. Egads.

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger Dan Mega said...

Just a few key parts of my brackets:

MD over FL in the Sweet 16
GA Tech over WI in the 1st Round
SIU makes it to the Sweet 16 (Go Salukis!!)
UCLA over Duke in the Sweet 16
WA State over Georgetown in the Sweet 16
Creighton over NV and Memphis (I HATED picking that, but my gut tells me to).

Final Four: Oregon, UCLA, UNC, OSU
Champtionship: OSU over UCLA

 

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