Tuesday, March 16, 2010

03/16 Quickie: Bracket Self-Doubt

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There is something comforting about the rhythm of the first week of the NCAA Tournament. The brackets come out Sunday night. There is a flood of info on Monday as you make your picks. Then, Tuesday: The self-doubt.

The lead of today's SN column highlights my biggest doubts, region-by-region, on my bracket:

*Georgetown over Ohio State
*Xavier to the Elite Eight
*Washington to the Sweet 16
*My knee-jerk Duke antipathy, which blinds me to the arguably reasonable notion that they are headed to the Final Four.

I still feel better about this bracket than any I have filled out in years -- hmm, perhaps aside from the year that Florida won its second title and I had no doubt they would win it again as I filled out my bracket.

On the other hand, aside from those few picks above, my bracket lacks those stunning reaches that make the Tournament exciting. But I have gotten over the idea of proving how smart I am through longshot Tournament bracket-picking; I'll settle for feeling middle-of-the-pack right.

More you'll find in today's column:
  • My annual homage to the Play-In Game!
  • Um, should we worry about the Cuse?
  • Brady Quinn is delusional.
  • Tiger/Masters boffo ratings? Obviously.
  • Andre apologizes: He knew better.
  • Cliff Lee is kind of competitive.
  • I still believe in the Rockets.
  • Gilbert is contrite -- let him back.
  • Putting "peephole" into prison context.

Check out the entire column here. More later.

-- D.S.

1 comment:

Eric said...

How about a Tiger walk of shame at the Masters? We could have his mistresses and hos at each tee to wish him well.