Monday, March 25, 2013

Boiled Sports Bracketgasm Update

Devoted Recruiter
Two rounds are now complete -- sorry, three rounds -- and so it's time to take a quick look at your Bracketsaster and see how things are shaping up.

Oh, and as a quick aside on this second round/third round nonsense, I just have to give a big F U to the NCAA for continuing to insult people's intelligence. Thursday and Friday were not the "second round." They're only the second round if we expand the bracket to 128 and give 60 teams a "bye" into the second round. And isn't that just...ridiculous? Of course it is. Those are play-in games, or "opening round" games works, too. They can even go with their kitchy "First Four" and I'm fine with it. It would actually make sense when you look back in ten years and see that, oh yeah, that one year VCU played in the First Four and still made the Final Four.

But now? Now the NCAA has muddied the waters when you want to look back at a coach's history, for example as this link to Jaime Dixon's record shows. Do you immediately know when the second round became the first round? And thus when Dixon's Pitt teams actually advanced? I would imagine it's hard for Pitt fans to know. Although it's easy to assume when it comes to Pitt's performance in the tourney.

Why do I care? Because I don't like stupid crap that makes things less clear all because what? We don't want to hurt the feelings of the teams in the play-in games? Who cares? They're playing basketball and they have a shot at the big prize. I know many Boilermakers who would have gladly taken a slot in the First Four.

Anyway, as to the BS Bracketstravaganza, we've got leaders in the clubhouse who are on their own right now. There is no tie at the top, as entry "robertmw1789 3" sits alone. He (I'm assuming a he) has three of four Final Four teams remaining with only Georgetown out (eek). His title game is IU over OSU, so I think it's safe to say we're all rooting against him. Sorry, Robert.

Alone in second place as of now is "indyhudson6 5," who also has three of four Final Four teams in play, with their one miss being New Mexico (seems bdowd and I weren't the only ones wooed by Steve Alford's beautiful hair) and a title game of Duke over Kansas.

After those top two, we have glut of entries tied at third. Leading the BS staff pack is the Panda, who is hanging tight at 14th place, though he deserves far worse for picking Gonzaga to go to the Final Four. He does, however, have his other three FF teams, with da U over Louisville for the title.

Games in this tournament resume Thursday evening, but you of course have the option of seeing your boys in Black and Gold tonight at 7 PM on...well, AXS.tv (formerly HDNet) has been covering the CBI, but my DirecTV channel guide tells me I get Houston/George Mason tonight, followed by Western Michigan/Wyoming. So if anyone has any intel on where to see the Boilers tonight (aside from Mackey Arena), please feel free to share.

9 comments:

Kodiak33 said...

While I do hate IU, you do know that is Crean's son? Not a big deal.

boilerdowd said...

We talked about that...I kiss my Dad; not ashamed to say it...I usually don't kiss him and close my eyes while doing it though.

Odd shot.

QuadBoiler said...

My understanding is that you can either try to watch it on BTN online (I think it's called BTDN and it costs money) or AXS.tv will be replaying the game sometime (I have heard Wednesday)so if you aren't in Mackey, you may be out of luck tonight.

Kodiak33 said...

Yeah it's a poor angle.

I'm a little worried about this game tonight, I think I'll just stick to listening to the Cliz.

Brotherman85 said...

There is nothing wrong with him kissing his son, but there is something not right about the guy. (I know there are a few things not right about me since I can't stop watching Purdue sports, and I probably own way too many Purdue shirts.)

...But just take a look at the strange stuff he's done over the past month with cutting down the nets after a loss and going after an assistant coach on Michigan. To top it off, there are some awkword videos of Crean on Youtube reaching out to basketball programs that he was associated with in the past (Marquette and Alma College in particular). If you search and watch those videos, you can't help but scratch your head and wonder what his motives are sometimes.

J Money said...

of course it's fine to kiss your dad... it's just a funny image and it's fun to pretend it's a recruit.

And Brotherman, you articulated what I've been thinking, too... something is just not right about him in general. Even something somewhat normal he does in a way that's creepy.

Kodiak33 said...

Wisconsin fans have a few good stories in here about him...

http://buckyville.yuku.com/topic/51302/FU-Tom-Crean?

multigenboiler said...

I love my Dad...never kissed him on the lips. Love my son...never kissed him on the lips. Creepy? I don't know...more just continued strange Clappy behavior...

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