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.