above and beyond.

First, let’s make sure you’ve all seen this comment, left by Tenth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought to you by Bocktown) winner Kewyson on the previous post:

Now, on to my wish (I thought I’d get three) – I propose, assuming UC is okay with this, that he organizes a social gathering at Bocktown – all participants are welcome – and I will donate my hard earned winnings to whatever $50 buys. All I ask is that I be remembered and idolized at the event (and since I’ve not personally met most of you – you can pick any idol and pretend).

How does that sound UC?

In short, Kewyson, it sounds awesome, and I really appreciate your generosity. Here’s what we’ll do: when the weather gets warm enough for our friends at Bocktown Robinson to open their back porch, we’ll do a Friday night happy hour, and we’ll use our $50 prize to buy drafts for any TAUCNFFC contestants who can show up. There will be plenty of notice, so we can get as many people as possible out to Bocktown on the chosen evening.

And as far as idolizing Kewyson goes, it’s not a bad idea; he is, in fact, the only person I know who actually speaks writes in tongues.




The Dook Blue Devils won last night’s title game, and that makes long-time participant Kewyson our Tenth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought to you by Bocktown) champion.

According to the AUCNFFC Wall of Champions — which badly needs to be updated — Kewyson has just become just the second contestant ever to repeat as our AUCNFFC champion. He joins Mr. Burns for that illustrious honor, a feat that should be commemorated with a t-shirt or something.

But first, there is a question. For the first time since the AUCNFFC prizes became actually fabulous, we have an out-of-market winner. So, Kewyson, how shall we proceed? Planning a visit to Pittsburgh anytime soon and in need of a $50 Bocktown gift card? Or would you like the cash equivalent, which will be roughly $50?

While Kewyson mulls his options, let me thank you once more for participating. It’s been awesome to be able to do this for ten years, and even as I slide back into my lazy posting habits, know that I plan on being back here next March for the Eleventh Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought to you by Bocktown). I hope I see you then.



Man, I can’t stand Duke. I don’t like Wisconsin much either, but as always: #B1G

We’ve had a great run, but as is the case with the tournament itself, we’re down to just two contestants left with a chance to win the Tenth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought to you by Bocktown).

But before we get there, let’s take a moment to recognize the folks who made it through Final Four weekend alive. Adam, Work Kelly, Daria and Yours Truly deserve a pat on the back for recognizing the promise of Wisconsin or Dook in the week before the tournament began.

And that leaves just two of us with a shot at winning this year’s $50 Bocktown gift card grand prize. Jenny Lee got there on the basis of correctly picking three of the Final Four teams — the only one of us to do so — and Kewyson was the only one of us to correctly pick both teams that made it to the title game.

And, fortunately for me, the result will be straightforward. If the Badgers down Dook, Jenny is our TAUCNFFC champion. If the Dookies prevail, Kewyson will be our winner.

Good luck to both Jenny and Kewyson tonight and thanks to each of you for playing. We’ll see you back here next year.

making a point.

No stinkin' Badgers. Unless I've picked them to win.

No stinkin’ Badgers. Unless I’ve picked them to win.

We have a Final Four — and that means we also have the first set of official standings in the Tenth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought to you by Bocktown).

At this point, those of us who have made correct Final Four picks get two points per team, and that’s most of what’s behind the initial standings. But I’ve also taken the liberty to look ahead, because some of us are in much better shape than others.

Six points:

With full championship game in play:

  • Bluzdude
  • Jaci
  • Kewyson (Of this group, Kewyson was the only one to pick Duke. If they Blue Devils win, Kewyson cannot be touched.
  • Scooter

With champion pick in play:

  • Jim Hollenbeck
  • Jenny Lee
  • Neilson

Four points:

With full championship game in play:

  • Father Spoon
  • Curl Girl Michelle
  • SportsChump

With champion pick in play:

  • Uncle Crappy
  • Adam
  • AAA
  • Joe Cernelli
  • Michael Fulk
  • Jason Cercone
  • Jenn Strang

No further points possible:

  • Birdshit

Two points:

With champion pick in play:

  • Work Kelly
  • Casey
  • Hoyle13
  • Burgh Baby
  • Matt Noonan
  • Tom Bickert
  • Enzo82
  • Otimemore
  • Daria
  • Saylor
  • Carla

No further points possible:

  • Fred
  • Hellohahanarf
  • Dana Bee
  • Starts with Dish
  • PghRugbyRef
  • Calipanthergrl
  • AJ

There is one more group of contestants, mercifully small this year. I’ve been a member of this group more than once, and I think you can look at inclusion in one of two ways: 1) your performance was so pathetic that it deserves to be singled out, or 2) you get to relax and enjoy the last three games without worrying about contests or brackets.

We are, of course, talking about our annual Blutarsky Award winners. And in the immortal words of Faber College Dean Vernon Wormer:

  • Ethel
  • Abby
  • Juan

Enjoy the final weekend, boys and girls.

battered brackets.

I put a spell on you...

I put a spell on you…

We’re a few hours away from the resumption of the NCAA tournament, so now would be a good time to take a quick look at how we’re all faring in the Tenth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought to you by Bocktown).

We can’t do official standings, because we don’t start awarding points until we have a Final Four, but we can take a look at we’re all faring in general — and how many of us are screwed by the collapse of the upper seeds in the East and South regions (thanks for nothing, Virginia and Iowa State).

All four picks remain (Yinz are sittin’ pretty):

  • Father Spoon
  • Bluzdude
  • Calipanthergrl
  • Saylor

Three teams left, plus intact title games and champions (Definitely still alive):

  • Uncle Crappy
  • AAA
  • Curl Girl Michelle
  • SportsChump
  • Jaci Dean
  • Burgh Baby
  • Kewyson
  • PghRugbyRef
  • Tom Bickert
  • Abby
  • OTimemore
  • Scooter

Three teams plus your champions remain (Not time to panic):

  • Work Kelly
  • Starts with Dish
  • Jim H.
  • Joe
  • Michael Fulk
  • Jenny Lee
  • Neilson
  • Jason Cercone
  • Jenn Strang
  • Birdshit

Both title-game teams plus champion remain (Probably not a winner, but not a loser either):

  • Ethel
  • Adam


It’s hard to know for sure, but the folks that remain are in danger of receiving the dreaded Blutarsky Award.

Two teams plus pick for champion:

  • Fred
  • Dana
  • Casey
  • Hoyle
  • Matt
  • Enzo82

Two teams left, but no title game participants:

  • Hellohahanarf
  • AJ
  • Juan

The team you picked to win it all is all that’s left:

  • Daria

The games get started again in a little while. Good luck, yinz guys.

taucnffc (btybb) tipoff.

Another year, more happy Dayton people.

Another year, more happy Dayton people.

On or about this date every March I post what is inevitably the longest post of the year. And that is this one: the one where we go through each and every entry in the Tenth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought to you by Bocktown).

(Except for the ones that I miss. But we’ll get to that in a little bit.)

So. Let’s start with me:

Generally, I don’t need no stinkin’ Badgers, but in this case, I think the B1G champs are one of a select few that has a reasonable shot at beating Kentucky. Thusly:

Wisconsin beats Kentucky, Gonzaga beats Virginia. And Wisky downs the Dogs in the final, 68-65.

My immediate family members are sitting out TAUCNFFC, but Fred and Ethel are like family, so they’re up next.


Butler v. UNC, Louisville v. Iowa State

Final: UNC v. Louisville

Winner: UNC

Total points: 137

(Banking on UNC winning it all in honor/memory of Dean Smith)


Final Four: UK v. Arizona, UVA v. Iowa St.

Final: Arizona v. UVA

Winner: Arizona

Total Points: 96

And now, the rest of yinz guys, in no particular order.


Kentucky beats Arizona, Iowa State beats Northern Iowa, and the Cyclones beat Kentucky in the final; tiebreaker is 142.

Dana Bee:

ok, let’s do this

Final Four:
Iowa State



Tiebreaker: 143


Final Four: Butler vs. Wisconsin, Michigan State vs. Gonzaga
Championship game: Wisconsin vs. Gonzaga
Champion: Wisconsin
Tiebreaker: 123 (64-59)


Final four: Kentucky, Duke, Arkansas and Louisville. Final two? Kentucky and Louisville. Winner KY. Points? 134.

Father Spoon:

Final Four – Kentucky, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Robert Morr… I mean Duke
Championship Game – Kentucky vs Duke
Champion – Kentucky
Tie Breaker – 132

While I still have a broken heart over Ashley Judd not taking me up on my offer to stay at my place for the NIT a few years back, I still have to pull for her team.

Work Kelly:

Wisconsin beats Notre Dame, Iowa State beats Louisville.

Wisconsin beats Iowa State, 72-65.

Starts with Dish:

Final Four: Arizona over Kentucky, Virginia over Utah
Championship: Arizona over Virginia
Tiebreaker: 121

The traditional annual Duke upset will be Utah over Duke, with America united in support for a thrilling Utah squad defending America’s honor against those evil blue devils. U-S-A!!!


Kentucky (Midwest)
Arizona (West)
Virginia (East)
Iowa State (South)

Kentucky over Virginia
139 Total Score

Bonus upset pick for everyone: #14 Eastern Washington over #4 Georgetown and #14 Georgia State over #4 Baylor

Curl Girl Michelle:

Final Four: Kentucky, Arizona, Villanova, Duke

Finals: Kentucky vs. Duke

Winner: Kentucky

Tiebreaker: 132

Chris Humpherys, AKA SportsChump:

Kentucky over Arizona, Duke over Virginia, Kentucky over the Dukies. Combined final score in the big game = 149

Newcomer Jim Hollenbeck (welcome!), who should know that $50 would get him a lot of excellent food at Bocktown even without a single beer (but the choice is his, of course).

OK Unc. Here some picks as good as a teacher’s key…
Final Four: Kentucky, Wisconsin, Villanova, Duke
Semi: Kentucky vs Villanova
Wiener: Kentucky
I’m a recovering alcoholic… So I won’t be going to Bocktown…send me a PB&J sandwich instead.

Fellow former Ohioan Bluzdude:

Here’s my buzzer-beater…
Final Four: Kentucky, Wisconsin, Louisville, Duke
Semi: Kentucky , Duke
Winner Kentucky
game = 124

Fellow Pittsburgh Buckeye Jaci Dean:

Here’s mine:
Final four: Kentucky, Wisconsin, Villanova, Duke
Finals: Kentucky, Duke
Champ: Kentucky
Score: 145

Joe Cernelli:

Final Four: Kentucky, Wisconsin, Virginia, Gonzaga
Championship Game: Kentucky, Virginia
Champion: Kentucky
Tiebreaker: 125

Michael Fulk:

Final Four: Kentucky, Wisconsin, Virginia, Gonzaga
Championship Game: Kentucky, Virginia
Champion: Kentucky
Tiebreaker: 125

Jenny Lee:

Final Four: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin; Duke vs. Villanova

Championship game: Wisconsin vs. Villanova

Champion: Wisconsin

Tiebreaker: 147


Iowa St.

Iowa St


Tiebreaker: 130 points


Final Four: Kentucky vs Arizona, Villanova vs. Gonzaga
Then it’s Kentucky vs Gonzaga
Champs: Kentucky
Tiebreaker: 136

Matt Noonan, whose East Coast, anti-college-athletics bias is showing:

Final Four: Kentucky vs. Arizona, Iowa State vs. Villanova
Championship game: Kentucky vs. Iowa State
Champion: Kentucky
Tiebreaker: 142

A team of NBA prospects beats a team with an NBA style offense to prove the uselessness of the college basketball.


short on time – no commentary –
Kentucky / Wisconsin w the Badgers prevailing
Duke / Villanova w the Blue Devils winning
Duke over Wisconsin 162

A confident Tom Bickert:

I’m going to go with Kentucky vs. Arizona (sort of Yinzer coaching competition) on the left side of the bracket, and Villanova vs. Gonzanga on the right side (because Gonzanga is the only school I see in the tourney with a Z in the name.) From there, I look for Kentucky to take on Gonzanga in the finals. Kentucky will win with a combined final score of 141. I think that covers everything. Let me know when I can pick up the gift card.


So I had a bracket all set and then you post the link to fivethirtyeight and I fell down that rabbit hole. At least I was at home and didn’t waste any company time. (And I didn’t change my original choices)

Final Four: Maryland, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Gonzaga

Final: Wisconsin, Gonzaga

Champ: Gonzaga, 176 points.

Thanks again to you and Bocktown!


this is the first I’ve reviewed a bracket and I gave it 2 min of consideration, but here we go: KY, AZ, OK and Gonzaga. AZ vs OK in final. AZ wins. 122 final combined.

I think Abby has created a new verb:

ok, I’m gonna sports now: Indiana, N Carolina, Oklahoma, Gonzaga … OK over NC. 73-64.


Kansas, Duke, UVA, Baylor. Kansas and UVA championship. UVA champion. 135 tiebreaker.


I need in on this. Kentucky, Arizona, N Iowa, Iowa St. Kentucky, Iowa St. Kentucky. 127



Jason Cercone:

UK, Wisc, VA, Gonzaga / UK, VA / UK. 151. Chalk me up on the big board, Mr. Costanza!


Kentucky Ariz Okla Iowa St.
Kentucky Okla


Butler/Baylor/Villanova/Duke, Duke over Butler 78-77


Figured i’ll throw my hat in the TAUCNFFC ring. Kentucky, Arizona, Louisville, Gonzaga. Kentucky over Louisville 89-84

Carla, whose picks might possibly include an unwritten upset of Dook by Robert Morris:

I’m in.

Kentucky-Arizona, Virginia-Iowa State
Kentucky-Iowa State


Let’s go chalk….

Kentucky v. Wisconsin, UVA-Duke




Jenn Strang:

Final Four: Wisconsin vs. Kentucky, Gonzaga e vs. Virginia

Championship game: Kentucky vs. Virginia

Champion: Kentucky

Tiebreaker: 131

Will, aka Lunchbox, aka Birdshit:

Final Four: Kentucky vs. Arkansas and Michigan St vs Gonzaga
Championship game: Arkansas vs Gonzaga
Champion: Gonzaga
Tiebreaker: 107

This information is based on almost nothing aside from the fact I like the name Gonzaga. I had the cast of Mamas Family in the Final Four before I realized what basketball was.

And as we always do, we close with Juan, oh he of very little basketball knowledge. I was able to track down the picks of Phil’s Mom this year … and they don’t completely suck:

Providence beats Gonzaga, Xavier beats Butler, and Providence beats Xavier in the final.

(No, there’s no tie-breaker. Juan will lose big or win big, and no one else will be close in either case.)

And that’s everyone’s picks, yinz guys. Standard caveat: I almost always overlook someone’s picks in the rush to get this posted; if you have suffered this indignity, let me know and I’ll correct the problem right away.

Thanks to Chris and Bocktown for their participation once again – it’s always nice to be able to offer fabulous prizes that are actually fabulous. And most of all, thanks to you guys, for entering, for reading and for enabling me to continue this thing (AUCNFFC) for 10 years and this other thing (Uncle Crappy the blog) for even longer. Good luck to all – especially me.