Every year I screw up my brackets. For the last 10 years or so I would take UCONN all the way to the Final Four and typically would pick them to win. But this year I didn’t. I saw their 9-9 mark in Big East play combined with their improbable run in the Big East tournament and figured they’d run out of gas early.
I was wrong. I had UCONN losing to San Diego State and San Diego State heading to the Final Four. Whoops.
So needless to say at the end of last weekend my brackets were completely busted. I didn’t have one Final Four team correct and from there really didn’t care who won. Sure I was pulling for the winner of the VCU/Butler game to win it all but didn’t think it was realistic. Then the Sportscenter type folks over the weekend started saying that Butler actually had a chance to beat UCONN in Monday’s Final.
Well, Butler – in their second straight NCAA Final – came out and shot a bag of crap. They ended the night shooting 18% for the game. I don’t think you’re going to win too many games shooting that poorly. They had a slim three point lead at the half but that evaporated in the second half when they were outscored 34-19.
But like the headline reads, I missed it. I stayed with the Bruins up to a 3-0 lead (that they blew in the final four minutes of the game) and then exhaustion took over and like an old man, I was in bed at nine. Oh well.
Sox and Indians or Celtics and Sixers tonight. I’ll be flipping.
My Final Four stayed alive until I went to bed. When I woke up I saw the Florida State (above) had beat the Irish of Notre Dame who I had coming out of the Southwest region.
Here’s the thing with the March Madness brackets. No one has an idea as to what’s going to happen. Unless you go to Richmond did you really have them getting to the Sweet 16? How about Morehead State? The beat Louisville. The only way you’d pick Morehead State is if you’re a stoner who really got a laugh from the college name.
For the few of you that joined up on the blog’s Yahoo! group can see I picked THE Ohio State University to win the whole thing. Really so long as Duke loses, I’m happy. Once again the blog blew up this weekend with people doing Google searches of “Duke sucks” “I hate Duke” and my favorite “Fuck Duke”. The most interesting search? “Mike Krzyzewski rat”, yup that directs folks to my blog. But look, he really does look like a rat.
So tomorrow I’ll get back to some real sports and why I think the Bruins should fire Claude Julien. Stay tuned.
Happy St Patty’s Day everyone.
I’m off to McFadden’s in town for my annual pilgrimage.
NCAA’s start at noon so make sure you get your last minute brackets in. Here’s the link (yet again).
March Madness is on tap. So I’m putting the tournament challenge out there for all my readers. Last time we did this there were four of us. This time I’d like to have a lot more people. So below is the Yahoo! link, group and password. Pass it on to your friends, family, strangers etc. Let’s have a big group this year.
Jay’s Sports Blog (click here)
Group ID# 54208