Friday, March 20, 2009

In which I layeth the smack down

I just wanted to point out that I'm currently 18-2 (And leading the SABG bracket and 547th out of all the NYTimes people). I picked Texas, who lost, and I picked against LSU mainly just to annoy Michael if they lost. And for the haters out there, I picked W. Kentucky to beat Illonois (a 12 vs 5 upset), Michigan to beat Clemson (10 v 7), A&M (9 v 8), Maryland over Cali (10 v 7). My vastly scientific formula was to pick against schools that have traditionally sucked. (Maryland sucks, too, in the ACC grand hierarchy, but any ACC team must be odds on favorite to beat California). I think I spent 10 minutes on my bracket. I didn't even bother looking at the scoring rules. Dennis is 2nd (currently ranked 11,500-ish). (To be fair to Dennis, he picked more upsets than I did). Still, none of us went crazy ... (Although many of you picked BYU, since both A&M and BYU violate the "traditionally sucky" rule, that was basically a coin toss). Lots of people just getting the 8/9 or 10/7s wrong, and maybe missing the odd upset.

Still, I'm going to lord it over you while I can. I may even watch a game, starting next weekend.

And Obama, I'm destroying him.

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21 Comments:

At 3:17 PM, March 20, 2009, Blogger Brian said...

Pretty much the only other upset I've picked is #10 USC over Boston College.

And Obama and I did pick the same team to win ... which doesn't inspire confidence in my long term success, I must say.

 
At 4:55 PM, March 20, 2009, Blogger Schifani said...

Texas won by 14.

 
At 5:19 PM, March 20, 2009, Blogger Michael said...

But that is last years bracket (at least the Obama one is, I can't see yours because it wants me to log in). I would destroy Obama at picking last years bracket. UNC over UCLA? Don't make me laugh. I bet you dollars to donuts those two lost in the final four and Kansas beat Memphis for the championship.

 
At 5:48 PM, March 20, 2009, Blogger Chris said...

Temple, an 11 seed, lost today. I picked them to win not one, not two, but three games. Hey, don't look at me like I'm crazy, we've already seen an 11 and a 12 seed win their first games, and the first round isn't even over yet. Still, I needed Temple to come through in a big way.

Sure, the chances were very low, but if they really made a run (and several pundits thought they were underrated--look under "Money Teams"), then I'd look like a genius. And you can bet I'd be lording it over everyone if that were the case.

But now...not so much, really. And come on Clemson, couldn't you have played a little better? 32% shooting from the field? Really? Strong effort there, guys. Strong.

Today's West Virginia loss also stings a bit.

 
At 6:44 PM, March 20, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

I'm happy with my current 3rd place in the SABG bracket.... It does make me feel dirty inside that I picked one of ND's most hated rivals, Michigan State to go all the way.

 
At 8:23 PM, March 20, 2009, Blogger seanp said...

Well, my college lost today, but it was the first time for SFA to even make it to the tournament, so it was still fun to see them there...

Anyone in the Thoughthammer bracket?? I'm sitting at 37 out of 500 -- but only because I sorta gamed the "bonus points" for underdog picks. Only got 17 of 26 picks correct...

 
At 8:31 PM, March 20, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

Hey, at least your school made it to the tournament. ND is now in the final 8 of the NIT, so I can't complain too loudly. Best of the worst is a worthy goal.

 
At 8:47 PM, March 20, 2009, Blogger Michael said...

Sorry Ben, LSU already won the SEC so the best you can hope for is best of the nearly worst.

 
At 8:26 AM, March 21, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

Argh! Hornsfan just knocked me down to fourth place! Curse you, Sienna!

 
At 9:00 AM, March 21, 2009, Blogger Brian said...

Yeah, I picked against Texas and misread my own bracket. Just confirms how much effort I put into it.

After the round of 64, I'm 25-7, which is a pretty big drop. Enough to hold onto the SABG lead, but only 6,000th overall.

Jaysus, Wake Forest got DESTROYED. But I assume that almost nobody picked Cleveland State. Fortunately for me, I only have one game where it's impossible for me to hit my 2nd round pick ... (I had Wake Forest winning versus Utah, and both of those picks were upset!). Barring a major upset, none of my mispicks in the first round (except WF) will hurt me going on. Of course, most of my second round picks were basically guesses.

 
At 10:01 AM, March 21, 2009, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

A subject of much discussion on ESPN radio was that Mike Greenberg picked Cleveland State, while Mike Golic had Wake Forest in his Final Four.

I really needed VCU to beat UCLA; the upset bonus would have put me within one point of Brian. The tricky part from here on out is that Brian's bracket and mine are almost identical. To pass him, I'll need at least one, but preferably both, of the following:

1. Missouri beats Memphis
2. Pitt outlasts Villanova

 
At 4:44 PM, March 21, 2009, Blogger Brian said...

OK, the NYtimes site is all screwed up. It shows that I picked Maryland for the 1st round Memphis/Northbridge game and Memphis for the Maryland/Cali game. And it showed Villanova losing, but that's now been fixed.

Of course, I picked Memphis to beat eternal choking Maryland. Stupid Memphis. That means that Dennis needs Missouri to beat Maryland (now blue in the face from waiting to choke), which is much more reasonable than Memphis.

 
At 4:58 PM, March 21, 2009, Blogger Chris said...

It's still messed up. Memphis beat Maryland 89-70. But the NY Times has marked out Memphis for the rest of my bracket.

Kind of embarassing for the NY Times. If you're going to run this kind of thing, you really need to get it right, because a lot of people notice when you don't.

 
At 5:03 PM, March 21, 2009, Blogger Brian said...

Oh, Maryland actually lost? Well then, I'm still in the same universe I was in when I made my picks. Hopefully they'll get things fixed up by monday night or so

 
At 8:35 PM, March 21, 2009, Blogger Brian said...

Our update ... things appear to be fixed (at least with Maryland/Memphis). Duke is up over Texas (nobody picked Texas) and Gonzaga is down by two vs western kentucky.

Only Dennis picked W. Kentucky, so if they win he'll pick up 18 points on me and just be down by seven. (If Gonzaga wins I'll gain ten more points). I guess I'll keep an eye on that while I'm logged on...

 
At 8:38 PM, March 21, 2009, Blogger Ben said...

Ah.... safely back in 3rd place.

 
At 8:47 PM, March 21, 2009, Blogger Chris said...

Yeah, I went out on a limb and took LSU to surprise North Carolina. LSU played well for a half until they let an injured Ty Lawson run all over them.

Anyway, here's where I start to get lapped. It was fun while it lasted.

 
At 9:04 PM, March 21, 2009, Blogger scott said...

Finally getting in the picture tied for 3rd...

 
At 9:52 PM, March 21, 2009, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

SOOOOOO ripped of on WKU. If I hit that one, the pool should just end right there.

 
At 9:47 PM, March 22, 2009, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

So I just noticed that Scott's bracket is identical to the President's. Which suggests three possibilities:

1. Coincidence (not impossible, since they have very few upsets)
2. Scott copied Obama
3. Obama copied Scott (see any black helicopters?)

 
At 5:35 PM, March 23, 2009, Blogger Michael said...

Ahh, so I just found the bracket invitation in my anti-spam folder.

Suffice it to say, I would have picked this perfectly, but my anti-virus program was stupid.

 

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