Today's Extra-Special Highlight: DanShanoff.com-BurntOrangeNation mash-up NCAA Tournament spectacular! Scroll down below this post for the first half of my Tournament-obsessed email exchange with Peter Bean. Then, check back on Burnt Orange Nation early this afternoon for Part 2! (Yeah, it's long, but what else are you doing today besides similarly obsessing about the brackets?)
On to today's Quickie:
It is the Question(s) of the Day:
With less than a day before the Tournament begins, everything is focused on the brackets. YOUR brackets. Your friends' brackets. The experts' brackets. Maybe even my brackets.
Yesterday, my picks were unveiled to a Wall Street Journal Online audience. (Did you see them? Here's a link.)
My Final Four:
Biggest Risk, Round 1:
VCU over Duke
Winthrop over Notre Dame
Biggest Risk, Round 2:
Georgia Tech over
VCU over Pitt
Biggest Risk, Sweet 16:
Georgia Tech over
Southern Illinois over
Biggest Risk, Elite Eight:
Other than that, I'm fairly conventional.
So I've put my pool fortunes behind five "Defining Choices":
(1) A VCU team I'm picking mostly because they're opening with Duke and I'm suckered in by the "this year's George Mason" question (when I should be focusing on the oft-cited Quickie foundation of the "regress-to-the-mean" principle).
(2) A Georgia Tech team I'm picking mostly because I had them in the Final Four in my PRESEASON picks.
(3) I've got So.
(4) I've got
(5) And I'm behind
There you have it: Five defining choices that will make (or, more likely, break) my bracket.
So: What were YOUR bracket's Defining Choices?
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By the Wednesday before the NCAA Tournament, the rest of the sports world is either temporarily irrelevant or simply ignored. Still...
NBA: Bernie Bickerstaff is headed out as coach of the Bobcats, per Michael Jordan's edict. So: Who will MJ pick to replace him? A few guesses: (1) Billy Donovan, (2) Doug Collins, (3) Larry Brown, (4) Anyone else with UNC ties, (5) Um... Leonard Hamilton?
MLB: Sammy Sosa racks up two more hits. Hilarious. You HAVE to root for him, don't you?
File-it-away Quote of the Day: "I want to 100 percent stay in
NFL: This Lance Briggs thing – are you with him or would you rather have him STFU? Seems to me that slapping him with the "Franchise" tag is within the Bears' rights, whether he likes it or not. Play the one year, then walk away, if he feels so strongly about it.
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