Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My brakcet: an update

March Madness is officially history. I officially didn't do too poorly in my bracket choices... though I did not win, which makes me annoyed. In our little bracket competition of 14 people, I placed 3rd. Cory placed a very respectable 4th place. We both beat Brett, which was really all that we were going for... (love you Brett!)

And now, for some things we've learned from this year's competition:
1. Utah teams suck in the first round. Of the 3 Utah schools to make it into the Big Dance, only Utah State got close to winning. BYU and the U were embarrassments. Next year, I am NOT putting BYU to advance, and probably not Utah, either (though we'll see how their seasons go...)
2. Sentimentality has no place in the competition. I totally thought 'Nova was going to beat Duke... and yet since I like Duke so much, I picked them over 'Nova. Stupid, stupid. I also told anyone who would listen to me that Arizona would upset the Utes, and yet I had the Utes to advance. Next year, it's all business.
3. Memphis is overrated. Seriously.
4. So is Oklahoma. Assuming Blake Griffin goes pro, they won't even have a team.
5. North Carolina deserved to win. Aaah, it pains me to say this, since to cheer on North Carolina is to cheer on the enemy. I thought they would win it all this year, though I picked Louisville to beat them in the championship (again, with the stupid feelings clouding my judgement). I'm actually happy they won, since I believe they had the best team this year - and the best team deserves to win.
6. Big East teams are pretty good, even if they didn't make it into the championship game.
7. Do your research. Cory got UConn and Pitt confused... and put Pitt to win it all. He meant to put UConn. Not that it matters now, since they both got beat...

As always, it was fun to make picks and cheer on my teams. It was fun to write all over my bracket (which I crumpled up and threw away after Louisville lost...) I'm proud to get 3rd, though next year I intend to take 1st. The gauntlet has been thrown. In the meantime, I have nothing to watch on Saturday afternoons, and may need to take up a new hobby :)

5 comments:

Brett and Emily said...

Way to beat Brett! :) I think I better use a better strategy than mascots next year. Until next year...

Melvin and Carly said...

Third is very respectable. Way to go! And I run the risk of losing your friendship by saying this, but here goes. I love North Carolina almost as much as Duke. Gasp! How can that be?! Growing up in Alaska - far FAR away from any team worth much - made us feel free to like whoever we wanted, including rival teams. (I remember wearing a Tarheel t-shirt one day underneath my Blue Devil sweatshirt and wondering if they would spontaneously start battling it out right there on fabric.) Anyway, hooray for UNC and thanks for the good advice on next year's bracket!

Andrea said...

So I have to say I loved reading your recapand it made me wish I cared more for Men's B-Ball. Its just not football Sarah. Speaking of football how about we plan to go to the Utah/Aggie game this fall? I would love it. Just one more month until I see you!!!

MiriamR said...

yeah Daniel says never fill out the bracket with your heart or you will lose especially if you say Utah will go all the way (I guess someone put that on their bracket he was involved in) He chose NC for one of his brackets but that was it.

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