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With March Madness about
to officially tip-off, I figured I’d go on the record with my Guaranteed Locks
to Win Your Office Pool! The championship game is April 6, which segues
perfectly into Opening Day for 26 of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs.
In junior high and high school, I set an impressive streak of six consecutive years of falling sick on the Thursday and Friday of the first round of the tournament. This year I was forced to pull an all-nighter studying for an 8 a.m. geology final exam. The pain of that poor grade can go away if I somehow manage to correctly predict, say, 28 of the 32
first round matchups in the next 36 hours. Onto the picks:
12 Northern Iowa over 5
12 Western Kentucky over
11 Virginia Commonwealth
over 6 UCLA (sorry, Chase)
10 Maryland over 7
And the 8-9 matchups are
such toss-ups that no true prognosticator can consider them “upsets.” The tournament
has been a little saner in recent years, so a limited number of underdogs
advancing is the safe strategy. Picking 10+ upsets in round one is a surefire
way to have your bracket shredded come the weekend.
10 Maryland over 2
7 Boston College over 2
Sweet 16 Slip-Ups:
10 Maryland over 3
4 Xavier over 1
Obviously, the Terrapins
of College Park, Md. are the team I need to advance far. It worked for me last
year when I had 10 seed Davidson beating Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Wisconsin on
their way to the Elite Eight. Hopefully, Greivis Vasquez can catch some of that magic that Stephen Curry displayed last year.
My Final 4 consists of
three #1’s (UNC, Louisville, and UConn) and a 3 seed, Villanova. Rick Pitino
and the Cardinals cut down the nets in Detroit over the Tar Heels.
Of course, the first
game to tip-off has LSU grabbing a quick 9-1 lead over Butler….I have Butler.
Have a phantastic
Phillies day! Here’s a photo of Richie Ashburn, who was born on this day in 1927. (courtesy phillies.com)