March and March Madness are over, and we have prizes to award


I guess we didn’t need to wait until after the National Championship Game, but I was still in shock that I was tied for first place with 95 points. Wait, no, I was tied for 95th place with 59 points in our annual BASG March Madness contest. I didn’t know what the hell was going on this year in college basketball, and all I had to show for my bracket was the solace I could take from my championship choice (Wichita State) barely losing to the Tournament runners-up, Kentucky.

And that’s the last you’ll hear about my bracket until I get crushed again next year. Here are the this year’s winners:

  1. BarryD’s Ridiculous Bracket: 95 points (Warriors tickets)
  2. Gettin Wiggy wit it: 85 points ($50 Amazon gift card)
  3. RC’s Burst or Trurst Bracket: 82 points ($25 iTunes gift card)

Wiggy is actually my brother-in-law, and my aunt and sister both ended up in the top 25. So much for being the person who gets all the sports questions during family get-togethers! And that would really hurt if people asked me stuff about sports on a regular basis, but that only happens to me on Twitter and in the comments section here (and in the comments it’s mostly people asking why I have a vendetta against Damon Bruce).

I guess this would be a good time to talk about the championship game that pitted two teams that no one in our contest chose to win the title.

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Tony Romo, Jason Garrett and Jason Witten were all in the same luxury suite at the house that Jerry Jones built. Amateur athletics!

It’s funny that UConn was so much easier to root for, just because they had some seniors. John Calipari is probably going to coach the Lakers based on internet rumorage, and the Wildcats currently have three guys slated to go in the first round according to NBA DraftExpress. Shabazz Napier, who was obviously the best player in that game, is the only Husky slated to get drafted at all, and they have Napier going in the middle of the second round.

Getting too excited about a game where one of the teams scored 54 points — and both teams combine to score 11 points over the final six minutes — isn’t easy, but James Young had an interesting dunk in traffic and it was cool to see the kids in Storrs go crazy. But it’s funny how conference realignment and Calipari’s skeeziness can turn Connecticut into the plucky underdogs that represent the best of college athletics, when UConn was placed on academic probation a year ago. Oh well, the Tournament provided some great upsets. Until the system changes, that’s about as much as we can expect.

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