Yeah, yeah, I’ll go back to other topics tomorrow, but ESPN’s NCAA bracket software is driving me bonkers. Not only does it randomly decide you don’t exist for a day, it loads more slowly than a teenager’s MySpace page. Dan Kois actually migrated his entire pool to CBS, although I’m not sure how he did it – I thought it was past the deadline. Either way, can somebody get some trained chimps to write us some code?
Not to say I told you so, but Tessa is thrashing me for the fourth year in a row. This is getting really boring, darling. Here’s the thing: I actually watch a lot of college basketball, even the occasional team that isn’t playing us. I’m up on SportsCenter, I follow a little bit of recruiting, and I have a pretty good working memory of a team once I’ve seen them.
And yet Tessa has this system where she determines how much sleep a team gets, along with some other theory or two, and she crushes me yearly. I’d also like to mention that currently, four of the top six players on our bracket site are women (five if you count Jon Vaden, who owns a Pure Prairie League album). What can it all mean? Cathie’s a priest, so she’s divinely inspired, but how about the rest of you?
The Heels made it past a gritty Michigan State team (sorry, Sean M., although I have to say I really like Tom Izzo) and now our team is off to NYC next weekend for the regionals. I have half a mind to fly back for the game, but apparently I’d be single-handedly responsible for the carbon emissions from the plane, so I guess by not going, the airline will no doubt cancel the flight. Or is that not how it works? I’m confused.
By the way, back in the Dark Ages, they used to say the ACC spent so much time beating the shit out of each other that they had nothing left for the NCAA tournament. Fortunately, that stopped being true about Carolina around 1991, but for the rest of the league, it seems so. Frankly, I don’t understand – and my bracket doesn’t either – how Virginia Tech, Virginia, Boston College and even Georgia Tech can show such brilliance throughout the regular season and then lay such an egg in the tournament?
And Dook, who managed to get 22 wins this year with 6 McDonald’s All-Americans, and gets beat by Virginia Commonwealth in the first round? Sure, it’s always nice to see them collapse into a immolating pyre of self-recrimination, but there’s something truly pathetic about their death spiral. Sure, they might rebound next year (or the year after) and we’d be back to quaking our fists with rage, but you have to be careful what you wish for, or else there might be nobody left to loathe.