The Final 4 is set, and the cast is strong.
UConn faces Michigan State and Villanova will go up against UNC in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. This is a solid crew and any of these four teams could win it all.
As for my brackets, they’re done. If Villanova beats Michigan State in the championship game, I could still win it all based on my current points lead. Even though neither of my choices for the championship made the final 4, and only 1 of my 4 selections (UNC) even advanced to the Final Four, I built a big enough lead in the early rounds to have a shot at outlasting the other 49 contestants. Since the league was made of mostly southern homers, the majority of competitors selected North Carolina, Duke, or Louisville to win it all. Nobody picked Villanova and very few people even picked Michigan State to make the Final Four.
Today was a pretty slow day at work. Though it was an outage, there was not a whole lot of work going on from what I could see. There were grey clouds covering the sun all day (so far) too. I missed being at church. I heard it was an awesome day.
I’ll be out of town the next two weeks, but I should be back the weekend of the 19th. My NCAA Tourney Brackets are also totally wrecked now. Oh well. At least I had a good start. As for the blog, I am not sure yet if I’ll be blogging during my vacation or not. I haven’t missed a day in over a year. If it happens, it happens. Because, “it” happens. 🙂
Memphis let me down with a loss to Missouri. Other than that, the rest of my Elite Eight teams in place. Unfortunately, I also picked Memphis to make the Final Four. I’m counting on Pitt to beat Louisville. If Pitt beats Louisville, I’ll win my bracket challenge against about 40 opponents. Even losing one of my Final Four choices, I am still having my best bracket picks so far. I know everyone is just thrilled.
-Yesterday, Marcela and I filed our taxes.
-After dropping about $200 on tax preparation, I believe we will go ahead and purchase Turbo Tax.
-Tax time is stressful, especially when you have not completely prepared everything.
-It’s also stressful when you owe money. We owed.
-I enjoyed reading Ritz’s review of TSP’s Anthems for a Broken World.
-One week and three days from now, Marcela and I will be sailing across the Caribbean, making stops in Cozumel, Grand Caymen, and Ocho Rios Jamaica.
-Dunns River Falls will be one of our excursions.
-We will also do some snorkeling with stingrays in Grand Caymen, and maybe some snorkeling on the reefs in Cozumel.
-The NCAA Tournament is about to start up the round of 16 and then 8, and as of now I am sitting nicely at 40-8 in my picks.
-This is my best start ever, but I know things can change fast.
-D Wade barely missed a 3 at the buzzer that would have won the game for Miami. In the last couple minutes, Miami out scored Indiana 8-0 and ended up losing by 2.
-Jeopardy is fun to watch. This week was their annual Tournament of Champions where first prize is $250,000.
-This was the youngest group of contestants ever on the JTOC.
-Yes, I also watched some Dancing With the Stars this week. I want David Allen Greer to win it all. He’s one of my favorite all time comedians.
-The outage is in full swing. After two weeks, the work schedule is almost 60 hours behind.
-That means a possible extended outage and overtime.
-I am working OT today, and I’m loving it.
-I don’t love missing Sunday morning at Life Pointe Church.
-President Obama seems to be completely lost, and just throwing money at everything that moves while claiming to be for fiscal responsibility. Excuse me? Fiscal responsibility is not paying off large corporations and calling for regulation. Who’s regulating him?
-I think my crock pot is wearing out on me. I made a pot roast with potatoes and carrots that took over an hour longer than normal.
-I’m interested in seeing Slumdog Millionaire, but I haven’t decided whether to wait for the DVD or go see it at the theater.
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This has been my best start for bracket picks in an NCAA tourney. I know things can change very quickly, especially if any of your final 4 teams lose in the sweet 16. Here’s a quick rundown so far…
I’m 40-8 in picks so far with 15 of the Sweet 16 teams still in the hunt. All 8 Elite 8 teams are still in the hunt. Wake Forest has been my worst choice; I had them losing in the sweet 16 but they decided to get whooped in the first round. Pittsburgh (my choice for champ) and Louisville (my runner up) mustered just enough to win their games against big underdogs. I am concerned about those picks now. I’m a perfect 12 of 12 in the west, 11 for 12 in both the East and South, but a sorry 6 for 12 in the upset filled midwest.
If I could change some picks, I might swap Pitt for UNC in the championship. UNC just might bring home yet another title this year.
By this time last year, I had multiple posts on the NCAA tournament. The main reason was that the Miami Hurricanes were involved. In any case, this year I am having my best Bracket selection ever. So far I am 37-8 with 15 of 16 Sweet 16 teams in it. Wake Forest busted my Midwest bracket with a first round loss. Missouri, Mich St, and Louisville are all in trouble right now, so my brackets are on the verge of falling apart like a $2.00 watch.
If they find a way to come out with wins, I am sitting pretty. Louisville particularly needs to win considering I have selected them to play Pitt in the championship. Siena is really putting it on them right now.
-Today is day #4 of the outage.
-I am getting OT on the days of my choice right now.
-Good news, I got invited back for a second interview.
-I’m totally digging Anthems for a Broken World.
-Saturday’s Top 5 is all about TSP!
-I’m craving some football again.
-I guess I’ll have to settle for the NCAA Tourney and NBA season/post season.
-Miami Hurricanes really blew it toward the end of the season and had to settle for a lousy NIT appearance.
-Max has destroyed two harnesses by chewing the front part. What a little dork.
-Vacation is two and a half weeks away. Caribbean here we come.
-Of the two movies that I have seen this week: Underworld Rise of the Lycans and Mirrors, neither was great.
-Obama and the congressional Democrats are really having a hard time continuing to shift blame for the AIG bonus mess considering they created it.
-I am sick of hearing how all our problems are everyone elses fault. Obama is making a mess of the mess he inherited.
-I plan on seeing all my LPC buddies this weekend at Flagship Cinema. I’ll be there at 7:30, Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise!
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Every year in late June through the end of August, sports fans, with the exception of die hard baseball fans, experience what could be described as a sports “Dead Zone”. With the end of NCAA Basketball in March and the NBA finals in June, NFL is still months away, and college football doesn’t start until September. OUCH! So we will just sit around and watch reruns on ESPN Classic, Sunshine and FSN dreaming of endzones and pigskins. Baseball is fine for playoffs, but the regular season is Boring, with a capital B. Tennis and golf are OK, but nothing to get your blood pumping every day. We need longer football seasons. No! We need two football seasons. 🙂 The crazy thing is how long the NHL season runs, yet I don’t even watch.
The JayHawks of Kansas pulled out a stunning come-from-behind victory thanks partially to a coaching screw up and also a choke job at the freethrow line by Memphis. While Memphis was physically the superior team, Kansas played team ball, demonstrated their outstanding defense, and made just about everything they threw at the hoop in the last 1:30 of regulation. They forced many Memphis mistakes in the first half. Congrats to Kansas for one of the best NCAA finals ever. Unfortunately, I was in bed and was not able to watch past the first half.
Here is the scoop. Kansas plays some great team defense, and really does function as a team. Memphis has superior talent and is one of the most physically athletic teams to play college ball. Calapari is a competent coach, but apparently his strength lies in recruiting thes outstanding individuals. He did the same at UMass. When Memphis is rolling, they are almost unstoppable. I believe that Memphis will jump out to a quick lead and Kansas will have to buckle down and play smart basketball the rest of the night just to stay in the game. Memphis will beat Kansas by double digits. Memphis will finish the season with an NCAA record 39 wins.