Tourney Time

It’s that time of the year again. The NCAA Division I basketball championship tournament is arguably the second most celebrated sporting event in the United States, behind the commercial spectacle that the Superbowl has become.

March Madness is as American as it gets as far as crowning a champion in a sport. Conferences big and small send their best to compete. Obviously, the talent levels in first round match ups can greatly vary, but it’s the fact that the little guys can play, that teams from obscure conferences can dream big.

The heap has two brackets going, and I wanted to share them with you. First is my Facebook one, courtesy of CBSSports.

facebook bracket

facebook bracket

 An all Big East Final Four? What am I thinking? I guess it just ended up this way after makin the choices between teams. We’ll see how I fare.

And the ESPN Tournament Challenge Bracket, where I am competing with readers and writers alike at Rakes of Mallow.

ESPN Bracket

ESPN Bracket

 Sorry if it’s a little hard to make out. This one has UNC winning it all. Yes, I know. Sell Out. This one has a few more upsets, but I like the FB one because it has the possibility of having that All Big East Final Four.

Well, 12:20. Time to start watching from work! 😀

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Underdogs…

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I think I’ve just witnessed some EPIC upsets in sports history… at least in international baseball history. The Netherlands baseball team, yes, baseball, defeated the heavily favored Dominican Republic in the pool’s second elimination game. The DR’s two losses? Both against Holland. It had been pointed out that the MLB players on the DR make a combined 80+ M dollars.

The Netherlands? Their two players currently make 0 dollars- just to add to how bloated the DR’s roster was in comparison to the Dutch.

On the hardwood:

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Cleveland State is going dancing. They just upset #17 Butler for the Horizon League Championship, giving them the automatic bid for the NCAA tournament. This is why playoffs are wonderful and should be instituted for a certain college sport. But I digress. Anyway, I’m sure Butler will be in the mix somewhere on Selection Sunday!

On a similar note, Notre Dame managed to beat Rutgers to advance to the second round in the Big East Tournament. They’ll meet West Virginia tomorrow, which is in theory, a do-able game. But with the Irish team that materialized this year, you just aren’t going to know what will happen. Let’s hope for the best. We need a deep run to at least the championship game (and perhaps even winning it) in order to make the dance ourselves. Highly unlikely.

Let’s go hockey team!

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