Now that the NCAA Basketball Tournament is down to the Final Four, Ryan Meehan from East End Philadelphia and J-Dub from Dubsism have taken it upon themselves to educate you, the podcast-listening, blog-reading public as to some things about each school left standing which while 100% true are not the sort of facts you would not normally associate with basketball. However, these facts are important, if for no other reason they lead to the off-brand, yet insightful sports rantings the four of you who follow this podcast have come to expect.
Click here to listen to or download the Blast-Cast (MP3 format)…this is a “must-hear” if you want to savor at least a chuckle out of your clearly-busted bracket.
Congratulations are due for the aptly named “Winner’s Bracket” for…you guessed it, winning the 2012 Dubsism Bracket Challenge. But for many of the rest of us (myself especially), the question is: Can you euthanize a bracket?
I manage to get only one of the Final Four, and then I’m smart enough to not pick that team as the winner. The only real upside is that Kansas lost. Screw Kansas; there is no team in college basketball I hate more than the Jayhawks.
Naturally, because I’m a masochist, I’ll be back next year.
By Sam Brief (Sam’s Sports Brief)
146 days after the 2011-12 College Basketball season tipped off, just two teams are left standing – the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats. The story lines in this game are amazing – both teams have a Player of the Year candidate (Kansas’ Thomas Robinson and Kentucky’s Anthony Davis), both are historic powerhouses (29 combined Final Four appearances), and they faced-off earlier in the season (Kentucky 75, Kansas 65). Which team will come out on top tomorrow? Will it be the Jayhawks or the Wildcats? Which players will play big roles? What are some intriguing matchups to watch? It’s time to find out…
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The people are filing into the city of New Orleans for this years NCAA Final Four 2012, march madness has been “MAD”as always, numerous teams have been bounced and sent home. All the drama, all the excitement, all the heroics, have built the stage for only 4 teams to stand on, BUT who will steal the show when the curtain closes? Lets look at the matchups below:
10…9…8… Eventually you get the blinding flash, then the blast wave that crushes everything in its path for miles in every direction, then the radioactive fallout which poisons the landscape into a toxic nuclear wasteland where there simply is no survival.
Then there’s what happened to my bracket. This was beyond collapse; this may have been the worst bracket I’ve ever filled out. If you read any further, be warned that my bracket exploded with such ferocity that radiation may be seeping into your eyeballs at this very moment.
As March Madness comes to as fast as an end as it began with, I am reminded this time of year why I DON’T DO BRACKETS: By the first weekend, usually the play-in games, I am out of contention and have lost any money I put into a pool. I haven’t competitively done brackets in a few years, much to the chagrin of new followers to TSFSG. When confronted with the usual question, “You’re The Sports Girl, I how do you not do brackets”, I quip back, “YA GIRL DON’T DO BRACKETS” and give the above explanation. I think it’s hilarious how people get caught up in brackets. I would rather play fantasy soccer than do brackets.
But it does not stop me from making predictions, which I guess is what doing brackets is, but I don’t like being wrong that many times. Reviews and predictions for The Final Four in New Orleans after the break!
Well, we are past the first weekend of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and as is tradition, my brackets are so much smoldering wreckage. As is also tradition, there’s no blaming this on a “Cinderella,” there’s no on single event to which I can point the causatory finger; I’m lousy at filling out a bracket. Seriously, I’ve literally filled out thousands of these damn things, and I’ve had maybe two that didn’t suck swamp water.
Needless to say, this year’s official Dubsism Bracket is not one of those two.
Eighth-place is probably a bit too far back of the pack to make a move at the far turn, but at least I still have my champion in the field. In other words, the sole pleasure I have left in this bracket is having a strong bout of head-turning-purple laughter at those two dopes who both picked Big 12 teams (and not even the best of that fraudulent conference). Iowa State? Missouri? BWAHHHHHHAHHHHH!!! (deep, lung re-loading gasp) BWAHHHHHHAHHHHH!!!
Now, for purposes of fairness, here’s everybody’s opportunity to laugh at my choices… Continue reading
For many sports fans, March is their favourite month. Why? The Tournament! It is definitely unique and always enthralling. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament tips off on Thursday and as per usual, there will be upsets, buzzer beaters, and magical moments that will bet etched in our memory banks forever. (Also some bad Jim Nantz puns but that’s another story.)
I fell in love with the tournament back in 1990 when Loyola Marymount made a Cinderella run to the Elite 8. Their star player Hank Gathers tragically passed away during a game just weeks before the tourney. The rest of the players decided to play on and dedicated their tournament run to the memory of Gathers, who was touted as a lottery pick in the NBA draft that same year. Bo Kimble, who was Gathers’ roommate shot all of his free throws left-handed in memory of Gathers and made every left-handed free throw. The Lions made it to the Elite 8 before losing to UNLV, the eventual National Champions.
Rather than post some long-winded prognostication about the upcoming NCAA Basketball Tournament, I’m just going to let the world watch my brackets die a three-week long death.
Don’t forget you can still enter this challenge by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday, March 15th by 8 A.M. Eastern U.S. time – then by filling out a bracket by noon Eastern U.S. time that same day.
And with that, here is the official Dubsism Bracket: