March 21, 2004

My Bracket is Officially Screwed

POST #    876

Okay, I knew it might be a problem with picking the highest ranked team in the NCAA tournament. I said I was just jumping on the bandwagon. I probably should have thought it through a bit. Oh well, I had a nice three day run. Today just killed all hopes of me winning. My winner lost (Kentucky) and another of my final four teams lost (Cincinnati). Bummer.

One redeeming factor is the fact that Stanford and Gonzaga lost. Those were the two most garbage teams in the whole tournament. Never have I heard more bitching about not getting enough respect than with those two teams. Well, now there looks like there was a reason. Stanford gets more respect than Gonzaga, but in five of the past six years, Stanford has lost in the second round. It's impressive to make the tournament, but maybe they should just reserve the spot for someone else since Stanford is going home early anyway. The Cardinal (what's with the singular mascot) and the Zags do well in the regular season but don't seem to handle the pressure as top-seeded teams in the tournament. It should be noted that I had Stanford losing to Alabama in the second round and I had Gonzaga losing in the next round to Georgia Tech.

All I want now is for the rest of the tournament to be as exciting has been so far. So great.

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 7:51 PM



When is the tourney not exciting? Its the greatest event in collegiate athletics. A load of games all played in a short time span with any number of backbreaking last minute heroics. And its like that every year. Good times.

Posted by: Maine at March 21, 2004 10:59 PM

Re: the singular mascot. It's the Stanford Cardinal after the color cardinal. Not the bird.

Posted by: W. at March 22, 2004 9:13 AM

you're right maine, it's always great! but i have a short term memory, so i don't remember last year.

w, that takes care of the nickname, but what's the deal with that tree?!?

Posted by: tien at March 22, 2004 9:23 AM

Ever since the "Gonzaga secret" (their history of upsets) got out, everyone's been braying about how great they are.

You're right, Tien, they are total garbage. I was so convinced of it, I had 'em losing to Valpo in the first round -- I'm not surprised they only made it to one more round.

However, my bracket is also shot to hell. I still have 3 of 4 Final Four picks, but had Kentucky in teh final.

Posted by: astrid at March 22, 2004 12:55 PM

it should be noted that i think stanford is much, much more garbage than gonzaga.

Posted by: tien at March 22, 2004 1:24 PM

Standford can only be considered much, much more garbage than Gonzaga if you are talking about the expectations for each team. Gonzaga might have been a 2 seed, but I don't think anyone thought they could win it all. They played so few teams of quality all season that hardly any of their wins were meaningful. The two times they played a ranked team during the season they lost, though granted that was to St. Joe's and Stanford, who finished top 5 in the country. Still, gonig around beating teams like Santa Clara, San Diego, Portland, and St. Mary's multiple times in conference play hardly makes Gonzaga sound like a "contender." Stanford lost only once in the regular season, and it wasn't until March 6th. They beat three top 25 teams (one of them twice, Arizona), and one other team (Washington, who they defeated three times) that made the tournament. They lost to an athletic Alabama team, but it was a close game. Gonzaga got killed by a Nevada team that just looked like they wanted it more.

Unless hype is factored into this, in which case Stanford comes out the big losers over Gonzaga, I'd have to argue that overall Stanford is a much better team than Gonzaga.

Posted by: joe at March 22, 2004 3:35 PM

yes, joe, i was including hype. because clearly, stanford has more talented players than gonzaga. that's not to say that gonzaga didn't have a lot of hype around them either.

Posted by: tien at March 22, 2004 4:08 PM

The legend of the Stanford Tree had an inauspicious start 20 years ago when the school decided to change its name from the politically incorrect 'Indians.'

Left up to the student body, the name, "Robber Barons," was chosen to poke fun at the way the school's founder Leland Stanford earned all his money. The school's administration didn't find this the least bit humorous and the chancellor changed the name to the school color - Cardinal.

None too happy with the name change, Stanford's marching band took it upon themselves to create their own mascot, and the Tree was born.

Posted by: Jo at March 22, 2004 11:46 PM

excellent, thanks for the info jo. who needs to do research? i'll just let my readers do it!

Posted by: tien at March 23, 2004 12:44 AM

I'm extremely nervous that everyone and their moms is picking Uconn to win it all - QUIT JINXING THEM YA JERKS!!

having said that - GO HUSKIES!

I grew up in CT, what else do I have to cheer for? so leave me alone ;)

Posted by: Joel at March 23, 2004 10:24 PM

joel, you can cheer for the whal...oh, uh...yeah, uconn.

Posted by: tien at March 23, 2004 10:56 PM

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