March Madness

A Welcome Week Off

After a long and harsh winter which included 30 days of snow (for a total of 35”) and our highest crest on the Ohio in 7 years, I am using this week for a little B & B, aka basketball and bracketology.

I have entered the WSAZ bracketology challenge and invite you to match wits with me and Keith and the gang here at WSAZ.

Lest you think I do not take this seriously, think again! I am a statistic freak and use my own cager calculus to handicap the draw sheet. As in prior years, I latch onto a few teams in mid February and then ride them through March Madness.

Here at WSAZ, Rob Johnson runs the office pool and we get roughly 150 entries. I have never won, but on 3 occasions I have been in a threatening position to win in the Elite 8.

This year I have dubbed the San Diego Aztecs as my National Champion. I like coach Fisher’s emphasis on defense and his Aztec’s strength on the glass. My only hope is that I don’t get a bad case of Montezuma’s revenge in following my team.

In swing games, I went against my Nittany Lions picking Temple and I chose Nova to knock off George Mason (hey I like those Philly teams too).

In the upset category, I played it close to the vest in the early round, dubbing Missouri and Gonzaga as likely winners. As for the Eagles of Morehad State, great story but hard to go against Pitino's Cards.

The hardest games to pick were the WVU-Clemson and Mich State-UCLA tilts. I gave the ‘Eers the edge over the Tigers since they are well rested and the Spartans the nod over Marina’s Bruins since I like Kaylan Lucas at point guard.

I have UK and Ohio State meeting in the Sweet 16.
From there, my final 4 adds the Buckeyes, Fighting Irish and Pitt Panthers to S.D.

On this St. Patty’s Day then I wish you all the luck of the Irish and say Go Aztecs!
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