March 20, 2010
Any way you slice it, the first two days of the NCAA Tournament have been incredible. My brackets aren't looking too good, but whose are? The funny thing about that is, the first bracket I filled out this year, which I did before any research or mulling over any picks, would be among the national leaders, if it had anything other than pride riding on it. I had friends over at the house on Sunday when the brackets were released, so I printed out a few copies and had everybody fill one out. That includes my 3-year-old daughter, Alex, who wanted to make Lehigh the ultimate Cinderella. My wife, Brooke, got all four of her Final Four and seven of her eight Great Eight picks through the first round, which isn't too bad considering the sheer volume of the upsets this year. And my friend, Caleb, would have a better bracket than my first one going, if he had stayed with his first impulses. As it stands in his office pool, his bracket is in shambles, trailing his Canadian girlfriend (a hockey fanatic, no less) and my chopped and screwed end result of a bracket. The lesson: make picks and stick with.
Way to win some respect, ACC. Four out of six through to the second round is just what the doctor ordered. Now let's see if any of these four are truly special.