UCBC: The 3 Seeds

At last, we get to the “3 Seeds” for our tournament. I guess this can be considered a celebration of the Orlando Magic reaching the NBA Finals, since they were the 3 seed coming from the Eastern Conference! Congrats, Magic!

Anywho, this past weekend was epic, not because anything special happened, but because I am actually that much closer to making my first car purchase! I went car shopping this week, and I’m not gunna lie, it was a bit overwhelming.

And let’s not forget kinda scary. I don’t think many people will put car salesmen and sales managers on the top of their “People I want to have extended conversations with” list. But overall, the experience was good. I made a few rookie mistakes, such as revealing my target payment. I’ll have a do-over soon enough.

It’s something you think about growing up- part of the “American Dream” per se. Buying your own this and that. My first car will be coming up this month!

Therefore, we need to get a move on with this tournament!

Based on my experiences this weekend, some minor changes were made to the brackets. The following 2 cars were 3 seeds, but they were replaced by models I saw over the weekend. So here are the “Honorable Mentions:”

MINI Cooper


Scion xB 1st Generation


Both would have been solid competitors, but size issues, and relative appeal pretty much removed them from consideration. Though I will miss the peppiness of the quick mini and the almost endless possibilites of modification to the xB.

And now, the 3 Seeds for the UCBC:

Dodge Magnum R/T (all years)


Dodge brought back the wagon design a few years ago, and it was an instant hit. Anytime I see one cruising around, I have to stop and look. What is fortunate is that Dodge decided to put Hemi’s in these bad boys.

So of course, I would want that additional V-8 goodness so I don’t get confused with a soccer mom. The R/T comes with a 5.7L engine good enough for 340 ponies. It will do burnouts and smoke up the skies. The SRT is a 6.1L Hemi with a whopping 425 hp. I don’t know if I am man enough to handle this… well, at least not prudent on the pedal.

A sharp design, solid engine, and cargo room make the Magnum a candidate for an early upset.

2005 + Pontiac GTO


Pontiac’s ressurection of it’s marquee muscle car is so mean, that it even passes along its “I’m a badass” attitude to its passengers- young or old. The GTO namesake is a muscle car legend. But due to the oil crisis of the 70s, this trendy generation of automobiles fizzled out.

The Goat name was bestowed up a quite simple exterior, which is the main argument of its critics. The goods are on the inside.

The 2005 GTO has a 6.0L 400 hp engine. It needs it in order to move that heavy frame. And don’t gotget the interior. Beautifully upholstered leather that matches the color of the car! And the seats are comfy. No need to squeeze in like in the Mustang or Camaro.

Powerful, neat, and a sleeper. It doesn’t look that fast. Exxxxxcellent.

2010 Mazda 3 Hatchback


The Mazda 3 Hatchback was had a successful run in the US for the past 5 or so years. I was close to purchasing one last year when they offered a ridculous price of 9000 for a new one. Too bad I still had to finish school.

The 2010 edition is a redesign. Many auto critics online were worried about this, noting that it would be hard to improve upon the design of the first generation HB. Despite the controversial “smiling” grill on the front, the newest version is poised to be a success, despite a slumping economy.

The taillights now wrap around, reminiscent of some Lexus designs. Overall it has a nice, muscular look. Dual exhaust with chrome tipped mufflers are also “hot” as the salesman put it.

2008-9 Honda Accord Coupe


If there is any Japanese word that Americans are familiar with, it is Honda. I’ve heard rumors that it is the Japanese word for reliability, but I’m pretty sure these are false. 😉

Enter: a sleek design, great gas mileage, and a car that maintains its value. The Honda Accord coupe, while not luxurious, brings a beautiful, affordable vehicle to the table. As with all older Honda’s, the mods are endless. But the new look does attempt to shed its “rice-burner” reputation with refined curves and cuts.

With some tint, rims, and intake, you could have a 200 hp object of envy

So there you have it. The 3’s are ready. We’ll meet their counterparts, the 2’s, in the near future!

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