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Come on, gimme that 3 seed!

And nice work, Duke; I really loathe this current collection of Tar Heels. Not that I like you guys that much, either...

ETA: Dearest NCAA Selection Committee:

WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU??? And this isn't even about the 4 seed, which I kind of expected. This is about the East region. FOUR Big East teams??? The best (in my view) number 2 and 4 seeds??? AND OHIO STATE IS ~*SUPPOSEDLY*~ THE NUMBER 1 OVERALL???

I've seen some jackassery out of you, in my time, but this is really something special.

ETA 2: My Final Four is: Kentucky (this is wishful thinking, I know), UConn, Notre Dame, and BYU. I have UConn vs. BYU in the finals, with UConn as National Champions. This is ridiculous, and I know it. But I don't care, at all.


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Mar. 14th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
As a representative of the fans of the three-peat ACC Champions, I say let the March Madness begin!

We are in a region that is full of what I call "good" teams, meaning they were good when I was in high school, so I kind of carry residual respect for them now... even if they do suck. And, let's be honest, with no TV, I pretty much only watch when my team plays, so I have no real knowledge on who and who is not good these days. I just know that back in the mid-90s if you would have told me that we'd be in a bracket with Michigan, Tennessee, Arizona, Memphis (State), Texas, Cincinnati, Missouri, UConn and Temple, I'd have been incredibly concerned. In fact, looking at the bracket now (for the first time), I'd have claimed that it was unfairly loaded and demanded a Re-Selection Sunday.

You know what else I don't like? Who are these 8 random teams up top? I don't like expansion (its part of the reason I will not support any of the "new" ACC teams... meaning, any team that joined after Florida State.) I already objected to the stupid 65th team... what are there now? 68? Dumb. Expand enough to make a new round (no) or don't expand at all! You know how you can avoid having to expand so that all of the good teams get in? Don't let a conference with 16 teams have 11 of them make the cut! And don't even get me started on the new TV deal! (Court TV will be airing the first round? What kind of sense does that make?) This is just like the great "pod" debacle of 2002!

That is my pre-bracket rant. I shall return later with something more like a serious bracket post. You know, after I actually really read the thing.

Mar. 14th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, your ACC thing is nice and all, but we now have more SEC Championships than all the other schools in the conference, combined. Still, I'm happy you beat Carolina. You probably don't quite deserve a 1 seed, but I'll let the Notre Dame fans worry about all that.

You guys have a slightly difficult bracket; it's not as nice as Pitt's road, though—the Southeast is the soft region, in my opinion. I mean, I do have BYU coming out of there, not Pitt, but that's partly because I love saying "Jimmer."

In your region, worry about UConn, and also San Diego State. But I don't think you'll have too much trouble going Elite 8; of all the teams on your side, I think Memphis would probably be the only team that matches up well enough to make a game of it.

The East region is the shit draw, though—and I'm not saying that as a UK fan. Ohio State is the team with the real beef; this is a pretty crappy way to treat your "#1 overall" seed. I could easily see Kentucky, Syracuse, or UNC going to the Final Four, and possibly even West Virginia. Georgia, Villanova, and Clemson (or UAB, whatever—more on that in a minute) kinda suck, but even Marquette can score a LOT. I'd be super upset if I were a Buckeye fan. Good thing I'm not. I don't know anything about Washington or this year's installment of George Mason.

I'm with you on this whole "We're the 1st round! On Tuesday! No, really!" crap, too. Like, have a play-in round, I don't care. But do it like before, where they're all fighting for 16 seeds and I can just write "Play-in winner" on the line. Don't make me have to guess this shit, too. And why are there two of these for the East, and none for the West? At least TRY to make some damn sense.

LOL, wait. Court TV is doing the Tuesday games? That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Do I even have Court TV? I don't think I have this "Tru" thing they're saying 25% of the games form the "2nd" and "3rd" (no) rounds will be on, either. But then again, I'm working on Thursday and Friday, so what do I care?

Hey, don't knock the pod system, that's what lets Duke play in, um, whatever city from your state it is that they're playing their 1st and 2nd 2nd and 3rd round games at (Charlotte? Winston-Salem? Maybe?). Otherwise, you'd be out in, IDK, California or something. But I think I might've liked that way more, since it punished people for not being as good as other teams with their seeding. Still, you'll sell more Duke tickets in Carolina, I guess. I just hate that it's not as simple as "filling out two regions per day, without having to search all over your bracket for city names, dates, and times," anymore.

This is a long comment. I shall save any remaining thoughts for your actual post.

Edited at 2011-03-14 05:02 am (UTC)
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
CourtTV and TruTV are one and the same. TruTV is the new name, but as I mentioned, I don't like change. Plus, TruTV sounds dumb. I mean, I still refer to TimeWarner Cable as Cablevision and Ticket Master as Ticketron, so I am a bit clingy to the way things used to be. Plus, I just always liked the look of the games on CBS.TNT is pretty good, from what I can tell by their NBA coverage,but TBS? I am skeptical. Though, anything that means I get a Dickie V schedule is a bonus.

The play-in games don't even match up one-per-region? How not convenient at all! I really gotta get my bracket printed out and get looking at these things. Especially since games start... tomorrow. Seriously?

This year's Duke (and Carolina)-plays-less-than-an-hour-from-home games are in Charlotte. We had the ACC Men's and Women's tournaments here this year, but no NCAA games. They'll be back next year though.

I liked the old system because all of the teams in the same region played in the same cities and on the same days. So by the end of the first day, you'd know who was playing who the first day of the next round. The way it goes now, you'll have half of one region filled, three games in one, five in one and none in another. (Or however the numbers work so that it's the right number of games.) Sometimes it takes way too many days to see how many of my first round teams are down for the count. It was a simpler time, the good old days of 2001. (Oh! I see I got ahead of myself with the explanation, and you'd already said the same thing... in less words. I will delete nothing!)

Mar. 15th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
After much tribulation, drudgery, and toil (translation: checking TV Guide's website), I have discovered that I do, in fact, have Tru! Channel 65. Who knew?! Not me, that's for sure. Funny about it being the ~new~ Court TV, I woulda thought it would be some "all reality, all the time" junk, with a name like that. Speaking of living in the past, I sometimes refer to Comcast Sportsnet as "Sports Channel" (at least I've moved past "Sportsvision"), and often refer to what's now Chase Bank as "First Chicago," or "Bank One." I have to give you props for the Ticketron, though. I think that was before my time, a touch—at least in Chicagoland.

I got about 20 seconds into a Dick Vitale rant yesterday before I had to change the channel. I just can't with that guy, anymore. Give me Gus Johnson and his crazy excitability. I much prefer that.

We have first round games at the United Center, this year, as we did three or four years ago. I'm not going, but whatever. I feel like I got all the NCAA action I needed back in '05, when I saw Illinois come back from, like, 7 or 9 points down with 45 seconds left to beat Arizona. Thank you DePaul, for hosting that year's Sweet 16 and giving me first shot at tickets! Too bad I'm very "meh" on Illinois, but I can't really complain; it was a great game.

All's I know is that no current system will ever top 1998, A.K.A. "the first Gonzaga year, the crazy Valporaiso year, the year UK came back from a 20 point half-time deficit to beat Duke in the Elite 8 (Ha!) before winning it all, and the year Mole had a winning bracket." Sure, I had a good friend who got crabs at the beach house we stayed at for spring break, while all that was going on (gross), but my friend ≠ me. I had a great time. Outer Banks for the win (not for my friend, though)!
Mar. 15th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
Number of times I had to read that last paragraph before I figured out what was going on that made your friend's time such a bad deal = 2. "What's so bad about having crabs at the beach house? Ohhh..... those crabs!" LOL.

Dickie V is an embarrassment, and I hate that he is such a huge fan of my team. This leads me to more Dipsy doo dunkaroos and PTPers than I can stand. Oh how I long for the year when he had throat surgery and sat most of the season out. Good times.

Oh the first Gonzaga year. Have they ever lived up to that potential? No. They manage to get in every year, and, bar a few exceptions never get past the first weekend. They're like every ACC team that's not Duke or Carolina... they can get into the tournament, but that's about all they can do.

I have finally got into the bracket, and am almost finished filling it out. I've got my Elite Eight, but there are too many (four) #1s and Big East teams (four)left standing, so I am rethinking some things before etching anything in stone... I mean, pen. So far I have Duke (that's right!) and Kansas (boo!). At this point its down to Ohio State/Syracuse and Pitt/St.Johns. My brother sent me a link to join his work bracket league, but forgot to send me an official invitation, so I have a bit of time left before I have to get it right, I guess.

Mar. 15th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
The Big East is good, though! Having four teams left is not necessarily a bad thing. As much as it pains me to admit it, the Big East was easily the most competitive conference. And (ugh), the Big Ten was right behind them. The SEC was competitive, but, um…possibly not in the good way. Possibly in the "are any of these teams any good?" way. But you didn't hear that from me. Your conference? Not that competitive. Kinda boring, really. And, well, I ignore the Big 12 and the Pac 10. I've learned that Washington has possibly the best pro prospect in all of the NCAA, though. So, um, nice?

Oh, but: if there is ANY year not to go chalk, this is that year. So four number 1s may not be that great a play…
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