I was born and raised in south-central Pennsylvania at the epicenter of the Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington fan bases. Rather than aligning myself with one of those cities, or worse, rooting for some combination of the four based on whichever was doing the best in each sport at the time, I went outside the box and chose to root against my dad’s favorite teams. To this day, I’m not sure why he chose the Raiders, the Phillies, and the Tar Heels, but I became a Chiefs, Braves, and Blue Devils fanatic; although the baseball allegiance has since shifted from Atlanta to Houston to Washington. Go Nats.
I started writing about fantasy football in 2006 before eventually realizing I had a better chance of winning the lottery than getting noticed for doing exactly what every other 20-29 year old sports fan with an opinion was doing. I shifted gears to college basketball in 2009 and have been obsessively writing about bracketology and bubble watches ever since. If you stick with me throughout the season, I personally guarantee that the odds of winning your local bracket pool will increase by up to 1%.
Kerry - The UCLA bashing needs to stop. Your article indicates that a team's performance in the tournament does not justify it's initial selection appears illogical. I'd love to hear more about your thought process. UCLA, a team roundly criticized, has somehow managed to build double digit leads in two tournament games. Luck? As for SMU, if they were so superior, the game should never have come down to a play in the waning seconds of the game. I would much prefer a congratulatory message for advancing to the sweet sixteen in the face of adversity. The "they don't belong" ship has sailed.
A gift indeed, Mr. Kerry.
Wanted to pass along an article you might enjoy http://www.edsmart.org/ncaa-basketball-coach-salaries/
"As soon as the game ended, we were inundated with articles offering suggestions on how to fix the NCAA tournament for the better—a ludicrous proposition, since it's already the best postseason format in the world."
What is ludicrous about suggestions for improving the tournament. Just because it's the best postseason format among all the postseason tournaments doesn't mean it couldn't be even better. Particularly the selection process.
Record: 20-13 overall; 9-9 in Big Ten
Record in Last 12 Games: 5-7
Comment: “this team has looked pretty awful as of late”
Record: 21-11 overall; 12-6 in Big Ten
Record in Last 12 Games: 9-3
Comment: “It has been a strong finish, but it might need one more exclamation mark.”
And the prediction? “Hoosiers are pretty comfortably in the field. Indiana gets into the tournament and probably even avoids the First Four, despite a pretty dreadful finish to the regular season.” While for Purdue: ”their next game is one that couldn't possibly be considered a bad loss.” But “Lose that game and we'll probably see them in Dayton for the first round.” Beat Wisconsin and the Boilermakers will be very comfortably in the field.
A friend forwarded your prediction for Davidson's first season with the A10 (0-18). Clearly you have a gift.
GO DAVIDSON BABY 0-18 YEAH OKAY
My name is Christopher Paris a freshman at St. John's University and I have a question to ask you about the status of the Red Storm's chances at making the NCAA tournament for my journalism class. Do you think St John's will make the NCAA tournament and how far do you see them advancing in the tournament?
Diehard Syracuse fan names his daughter Cuse..From syracuse.com.....
I am a founder of the National Collegiate Student Section Association, and we are planning a national convention.
The National Collegiate Student Section Association is an organization focused on enhancing and improving the collegiate student fan experience across the nation. It is our goal to bring student section leaders together to collaborate and build a stronger collegiate atmosphere while utilizing integrity and sportsmanship.
We want to unite a nation of student sections. One of the ways that we will do this is through our First Annual NCSSA National Convention. At that convention, we will be building a community that can address the issues faced amongst student-fans, including how to increase student attendance at all athletic events. We want each participant to walkaway with the knowledge and tools to not only make their student section the best that it can possibly be, but also to have a huge impact on their respective campuses.
Some of the workshops that will be lead at the conference are social media, leadership strategies, problems facing different sizes of schools, intraconference issues, and sportsmanship. The conference will take place over the course of four days in the middle of June.
This is the first time that student sections from across the national and from different NCAA conferences will all come together in the same room, and we believe that the amount of positive change that can stem from this convention can change the landscape of collegiate athletics.
I would love to be in touch to talk about this more in depth.
Hey Kerry… Since they try and keep teams together in a region when picking tournament teams… Can you give us the best 16 teams in each region… The big12 is the region that can go to more regions because they're in the middle. So Nebraska, Baylor, OU, and Creighton went to the west bracket but played in not to far from the region. Someone on the east side does not play someone clearly on the west. UCLA and Wisconsin were the only ones. UCLA in Tennessee, and Wisconsin in Cali. Literally certain teams stay in there on regions and by Wisconsin getting that bid to play vs Weaker opponents on the west side… Was a still. The east is better and that's who Wisconsin plays the most. The west had arizona and that was it. Never paid attention to stanford and new mexico playing in the east. For the most parts… Thats were the weird stuff happendened… Teams that don't belong in a certain region caused the bracket to mess up. Along with seniors on a team. Not every conference are the same age. Big Twelve seems to return the most out of every conference. Second would be acc. Pac-10 and big 10 are younger this year. That's where the upsets will be. your WVU vs michigan. That would be possible considering that they both are on the east side.