|I'M OUT !!|
Here are a couple of good links for those of you who are still in it.
March Madness Team Mascots
My Blown Brackets
Betrayed by the West!
Sadly, my bracket was blown when Harvard lost to Arizona, because I chose Belmont over Arizona. There is a certain amount of poetic justice to this. I am being punished by the college basketball gods for a.) going against a Western team in the Western region and b.) going against a neighboring state to my home state of Nevada. Belmont had 13 straight wins, and they beat Duke earlier in the season. Even though they were ranked in the bottom half, it was no more unreasonable to expect an 11th place team like Belmont to upend an 8th place team like Arizona than it was to expect 10th place Iowa State to blow out No. 2 Notre Dame.
Rewarded in the East, but still blown
I was rewarded in the East with CAL over UNLV. I know, it was a toughie choice because I'm a CAL grad, and UNLV is my home state team. But, it is a college tournament, and I gotta go with my college team, so CAL was it. One thing about CAL, though, is that the Bears will always break your heart (in basketball and in football), so you can only go so far with CAL, and I picked Syracuse to win. So far, so good with Syracuse and yay for Indiana today!
But, here's where I got knocked out of the East...last night's game between Butler and Marquette.
Gahhhh, what can I say about that one? Butler got flustered and Marquette held it. I had Butler against Miami with Miami beating Illinois, and I think I'm still for Miami. I like all of the Florida teams, and I'd love to see Florida play the Mighty Manatees. That's what I call Florida Gulf Coast, which needs a better name than the Eagles, or FGCU. No team should make the mistake of putting "F" and "U" in their collegiate acronym. It's too easy to drop the middle letters and just call it, FU.
Otoh, a lot of people (especially Floridians) would like a team that was called, FU. Anyway, I like manatees and Florida teams, so even though I have family ties to Ilinois that go back for 33 years, I also have family ties to Florida that go back to the 16th Century, and I love Disney World. So, there you go.
None of that matters, however, because I picked Butler in the Final Four.
I'm out of the East and the West, but still alive in the South and Midwest, which is the most interesting region, imho.
My remaining predictions: