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My 2017 NCAA Bracket

Well, hell – here’s my picks for the NCAA March Madness this year. 1 2

Who knows – perhaps I’ll do as well as back in 2015 when I was in the top 1%. Or, more than likely, I’ll end up like last year, a total meh.

LAST update at 9:44 AM CDT, 16 March 2017. Whew….

My 2017 NCAA Bracket

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  1. Well, except I JUST NOW changed it to Kentucky beating UNC, and then winning the whole thing; will capture that and upload new PNG (DONE!). And there are still (roughly) 5 hours left to screw with it some more. Le sigh
  2. From KCUR, of all places, comes news of a KU professor’s new statistical model to predict the winner. Unsurprisingly, he has Villanova repeating. A good choice, normally, but it’s Kentucky’s year. A KU prof should know that; perhaps if he weren’t so busy asking people if they wanted fries with that in his part time job, he would have developed a better model, n’est-ce pas?

My 2015 NCAA Bracket

As a CU alumni, I know college football – both of national championship excellence and stink-the-place-up-like-Dan-Hawkins-coaching-at-Kansas 1 ‘quality’.

It is also a given that as a CU alumni I’ve only had stink-the-place-up-like-Colorado experience with collegiate basketball. 2

However that doesn’t matter a whit during March Madness.

Anyone and their dog can fill out a NCAA tournament bracket, confident in the knowledge that they, too, will never ever choose flawlessly. That in fact by the end of Round 2 their bracket will look like a gut-shot cowboy stranded in a parched desert, surrounded by slavering buzzards.

So despite the Buffet’s stinginess, despite my utter lack of first-hand expertise on the subject, and most assuredly despite the catcalls and other trolling this post may provoke, herewith follow my 2015 NCAA Bracket picks.

Go ahead: laugh it up, fuzzballs.

2015 NCAA Bracket

My 2015 NCAA Bracket

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  1. What a nightmare that would be.
  2. CU’s run of the PAC-Something with its attendant Big Dance invite several years ago notwithstanding; that was, what – a once in a lifetime event?

NCAA March Madness

NCAA March Madness.

Not supposed to use that phrase. At least, not without a whole lot of copyright, trademark and “it’s fuckin’ ours” notations. Whatever. NCAA March Madness NCAA March Madness NCAA March Madness…

So…about that NCAA March Madness: anyone else still in it for the billion bucks after a brutal first round? 1

Anyone….anyone…anyone?

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  1. And here we can’t claim too much credit, though we turned out to be smart enough NOT to pick Colorado and DID consciously pick Dayton: Harvard was the perfect example of the blind squirrel finding the occasional nut. Can’t even tell you why we picked ’em. Just glad we did – billion bucks, here we come, baaaaaaaaaaby!

Crackhead Jinx

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Hell yeah, Denver wins it! By at least 400 points! Take my word for it…

We recently reviewed famous sports curses: The Curse of the Bambino. The Curse of Coogan’s Bluff. The Madden Curse. The Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx. The Rodman Curse.

We can now add to those the Crackhead Jinx.

For that’s Ford’s destiny; he’s bound to become a hoary old badger, drug out into the light once a winter to doom a Super Bowl team to ignoble defeat. Years from now, long after the painful memories of Super Bowl XLVIII have faded from Manning’s mind (“Blue ice? Fucking blue ice?! No way that shit fell out of the sky AT JUST THAT MOMENT by accident. Had to be a trick by the Seahawk’s staff, had to be!), the Crackhead Jinx will still be in play.

Here’s hoping he doesn’t don a Chief’s jersey any time soon.

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SEC Championship Game

SEC Championship Game

By the by…what’s shakin’ in the Bevo X? Anything? Anything?

Away from the mob of reporters stalking Gary Pinkel last night an enterprising journalism student finally put a quiet query to the Mizzu coach. Pinkel’s response?

“Fuck the Big XII. And most especially fuck Kansas.” 1

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  1. No, we weren’t at the game; this bit of dialogue is curtsey of WNBTv‘s patron saint – The Unreliable Narrator.

Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran

Wouldn’t this kid look good in Royals blue?

 

Was watching the Sox hammer the (self-destructing) Cardinals last night…you know, livin’ la vida de loca, when out of the blue Carlos Beltran put a halt to the party. 1

And I thought to myself, “See? Right there. That’s the sort of player the Royals need to recruit. Why don’t the Royals bring talent like that on board?”

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  1. At least for that inning…

Bevo X

Yesterday while watching the Golden Buffs win their last game of the 2013 season 1 I also perused the following article on the Star’s web site: Suicide rate climbs by 30% in Kansas.

Though it’s not mentioned in the news item, I blame MU.

Specifically Missouri’s leaving the Bevo X for greener (SEC) pastures. Remember the local upshot of that breakup? Kansas and K-State diss’d the move, claiming MU would fail big time and that they –the true blue Bevo X schools — wouldn’t have anything to do with the Tigers from that point forward. Who needs them, areweright?

And last year, when MU initially lost it’s way in those eastern ranges, KU and K-State felt vindicated in their harsh assessments. Indeed statements from those schools approached the obnoxiously righteous.

Well, say ‘hello’ to 2013.

Now the Tigers are close to joining the crème de la crème, the new big cats in the big conference.

KU and K-State? They’ve returned to their historical place in the thoroughly average Bevo X as afterthoughts, nuaght but guaranteed wins in Texas, OU and OSU’s schedules.

That’s a platter full of crow to have to eat. Again. And again and again and…

The majority of that 30% rise in suicides took place in JoCo. 2 And where do KU and K-State alums almost universally chose to live? JoCo.

Hell…move, people.

Leave the benighted state of Kansas, land of religious terrorism 3, a place where the most followed Twitter feed is called Kansas Problems and the most commonly served food is atrazine. Move somewhere, anywhere 4 and get another perspective on life. It’s not like you’re legally obligated to root for crap football teams.

Move and save your own life.

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  1. Google offers some remarkable sports packages, including the ever popular Div I Colleges With No Hope package.
  2. Second highest rate occurred in Sedgwick County, home to Wichita: enough said.
  3. Which comes in many forms: the Phelps cult, Phill Kline (even now), The Kansas Board of Education (in perpetuity.)
  4. Yes, even Missouri. At least our suicide rate is stable (and much lower) and occurs mostly on the east side of Kansas City and St. Louis; yes, willful ignorance and arogance counts — in many cases — as suicide.