Courtesy of my mother. Thanks, Mom.
No matter how much I complained about it last night, I’m happy I watched the championship game — it was the best title game I’ve seen in years.
I don’t know if Aunt Annoyed Angel watched last night’s title game, but I guess it doesn’t matter; by virtue of her eerily accurate tiebreaker choice, she’s the winner of the Eighth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought To You By Bocktown).
AAA was one of eight people — including My Mom, who apparently is some kind of college basketball savant, having one our family’s Clark Kellogg Trophy for the third straight year — who finished with 12 points by correctly picking Louisville as the eventual NCAA champion. But her tiebreaker of 157 was just a single point off the actual total of 158 points, and she is our EAUCNFFC champion and winner of our generously donated Bocktown gift card.
I will admit to being nervous as I scanned the tiebreakers from our 12-Point Club, because two of you — Casey and Calipanthergrl — each picked 142 points. I had flashbacks to last year’s tie — until I saw AAA’s entry.
As I mentioned before, this was a rough year. And that makes me that much more appreciative of everyone who participated, whether as a contestant or as a sponsor (by which I mean Bocktown’s Chris Dilla). You guys are what makes this fun — well, that and the actual basketball — and I can guarantee we’ll be back again next year for NAUCNFFC.
After three weeks of labor — or maybe it just seemed that way — our friends Abby and AJ welcomed their son Andy to life outside the womb this morning.
And that means Derrick is the winner of our Kuftic Baby Pool.
Cindy and Jaci both came up with Tuesday morning entries, but Derrick’s pick of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday was just
an hour a day off Andy’s 10:30 a.m. Wednesday arrival. For his correct pick, Derrick wins $22, or half of the pot to which you guys so generously contributed.
The other twenty-two bucks? That’ll be on its way to North Carolina shortly, perhaps to cover a portion of a case of diapers, which, I’m told, aren’t exactly cheap.
Or perhaps for a nice bottle of wine for Abby, because it sounds like she could use one in the very near future.
Thanks to all of you for playing along. Congratulations to Abby and AJ. And welcome to Andy, from all of us.
UPDATE: As Derrick pointed out on Twitter, I pretty clearly don’t have any idea what day it is. Fortunately, my confusion didn’t change the outcome.
UPDATED UPDATE: Derrick also said he’s giving Abby, AJ and Andy his share of the pot. Hey, that’s an entire case of diapers! Or TWO bottles of wine! Thanks, Derrick.
I knew it was going to be bad.
I didn’t think it would be this bad.
Thirty five people entered the Eighth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought To You By Bocktown). And at the conclusion of the Elite Eight weekend, there are 16 — SIXTEEN — Blutarskys (and if you don’t know what that is, I’ll explain in a moment).
Given the general carnage of the tournament, I knew there would be some downright ugly entries — including mine, after Saturday night’s loss by Ohio State at the hands of Wichita State. But this, this is unprecendented in the history of AUCNFFC.
Before we get to the futility, let’s take a look at how everyone else is doing. There are a bunch of you who picked Louisville to not only make the Final Four, but to win the whole tournament. But in each of those cases, you guys had just one correct Final Four pick — the Cardinals — with the possibility of adding more points only if Looavull advances.
And yeah, it’s looking like the tiebreaker is going to be even more important this year than it was a year ago.
Those who have Louisville winning the tournament; in all cases, you two points for the correct Final Four pick and a possibility of 10 more:
I think there’s one other person who would win the whole freakin’ thing, but she’d do it if Syracuse comes out on top. Jenn has the Orangemen beating Ohio State in the final (sigh); she has two points in hand and as many as 10 more to earn if ‘Cuse is the champion.
As we work our way down the standings, it’s worth pointing out that Pghrugbyref is actually our leader at the moment. He correctly picked both Louisville and Syracuse making the Final Four; unfortunately, he also picked Kansas and Ohio State to play in the title game, so he has no more points to earn.
And then we have the handful of people who made one correct Final Four pick — Louisville – but don’t have that team going much further. These folks have two points in hand, with the possibility of earning four more. It ain’t going to be enough to win, but making any correct picks this year should be something to be proud of:
We have one more person in the Two Plus Four Club, but she got there via a different path. RPM has Syracuse going as far as the title game, but not winning the title.
Another group, this one including entries who gained two points for a correct Final Four pick but cannot earn any additional points:
And that brings us to the special group, those of us who — this year, anyway — ride the college basketball short bus.
If you are new to AUCNFFC, you may not be familiar with the term Blutarsky. You are likely familiar with the scene from Animal House, when members of Delta visit Dean Wormer in his office, to discuss the mid-term grades of the fraternity’s members. We all recall what happened when Wormer addresses John Belushi’s character. The words, at this point, are immortal.
Without further ado, the EAUCNFFC Blutarsky award winners:
I would point out that this year’s tournament made it unusually difficult to make correct picks of any kind. I would point that out, but I would just be making excuses for my — our — pathetic performances. Thanks for playing, fellow Blutarskys — I hope we all do better next year.
If you’re a Pittsburgh reader of Uncle Crappy, you’re probably aware of the pregnancy of our friends Abby and AJ.
However, you may not be aware that Baby Kuftic is ready to make an appearance any time now. And that, my friends, means we have just enough time to put together one of our patented baby pools.
Here’s the deal: A 15-minute slot of your choice costs $2, and slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. As this picture was taken today, at 40 weeks and one day, it’s fair to say that time slots starting as soon as, uh, now wouldn’t be out of the question. In the interest of full disclosure: Abby said on Twitter today she’s experiencing what she calls “pre-labor.” As I have very little experience with this sort of thing, I can only assume that means we’re getting close-ish. And that’s all the information I’ve got, boys and girls.
If you win, you’re going to split the pot with Baby Kuftic. Entry fees can be PayPal-ed to me at my UC Gmail address. If you don’t know that, say so, and I’ll make sure you get it.
SO WE CAN ALL SEE WHAT WE’RE PICKING: Please leave your entry as a comment here. I’ll do my best to keep up with publishing them over the next couple of days.
Good luck everyone. Especially to the pregnant lady and almost-new dad.
As usual, we have a whole buncha entries for the Eighth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought To You By Bocktown) and, as usual, we have the longest post of the year to get through them all.
As is tradition, we’ll start with me:
Try and guess in what part of the country I grew up.
Michigan State vs. Ohio State/Georgetown vs. Indiana
Ohio State beats IU, and Tom Crean’s head literally explodes at center court following the game.
As is tradition, we follow my picks with those of Mrs. Crappy:
Michigan State vs. Ohio State/Georgetown vs. Indiana
Indiana beats Michigan State
(No, she didn’t give me a tiebreaker. Yet.)
Family always comes first, right? Let’s start with CrappyDad:
Ohio State, Duke, Kansas, Miami
Ohio State beats Miami, 68-64
And then there’s My Mom (who doesn’t want anything Crappy attached to her name):
Ohio State, Louisville, Kansas, Indiana
Louisville beats Kansas, 69-65
And then the rest of yinz guys, in no particular order:
Our first entry came from first-time contestant DJ Lunchbox (which I promptly misplaced — sorry, Will):
Final Four: Oklahoma St. vs. Gonzaaga and Kansas vs. Indiana
Championship game: Oklahoma vs. Indiana
HP, who got some expert advice from her cat:
Kokopelli helped me with this. I would mention the game & then the winner….if he stared into space like his brain was off, it was no. If he blinked it was yes.
If he fell asleep it was a rematch later. Several cat naps and hours later, I had my results.
Duke Vs Gonzaga & Kansas Vs Marquette
Duke Vs Kansas
Kansas Wins 89-83
Tim, a past AUCNFFC champion, and a man of few words:
Louisville-OSU & Georgetown-Indiana, Lousiville-Indiana, Indiana TB: 136
Aunt Annoyed Angel, who has entered nearly every year, despite the following disclaimer:
Here we go. Picked totally at random, since I know nothing about basketball.
Final 4: Louisville & Gonzaga, Kansas St. & Indiana
Final 2: Louisville & Kansas St.
Tie breaker: 157
My buddy Bluzdude, who is at least part Buckeye:
OK, here we go.
My picks are sponsored by Socrates, who said, “Knowledge is knowing that you know nothing.” Or was that Bill and Ted? Anyway…
Final Four: Duke vs OSU, Kansas vs Indiana
Semi’s: Duke vs Kansas
I did not know Otimemore when he submitted picks for the first time a year ago. He nearly won last year, and I’ve spent several nights drinking with him at Piper’s Pub since:
Duke, Wisconsin, Kansas, Miami
Infinitebuffalo, who, if I remember correctly, is a Michigan native:
Michigan State over Gonzaga. North Carolina over Marquette.
UNC over MSU (hey, I ain’t a complete homer).
Grandpa Caldwell, the Ohio State fan who went to school in Pittsburgh and now lives in Michigan, who is commenting on my initial doubts about the Buckeyes:
Final Four: OSU v. St. Louis; Georgetown v. Indiana
Championship: OSU v/ Georgetown
Uncle Crappy – I’m with you on OSU, but I feel obligated to pick the bucks in at least one bracket every year; this COULD BE THE YEAR!
Long-time AUCNFFC contestant Mystery Michelle, AKA Curl Girl Michelle, AKA Styx4me:
Final Four: Duke vs. Ohio St. and Kansas vs. Indiana
Championship: Duke vs. Kansas
Good luck everyone!
Jaci is another Buckeye; she gets points for honesty (and her apology):
Here we go….
Final Four: Louisville vs. Ohio State and Kansas vs. Indiana
Championship: Ohio State vs. Indiana
Champion: Indiana (sorry, OSU)
Casey’s hungry for more free Bocktown:
Defending Co-Champion here, ready to defend my half crown.
Final Four: (1) Louisville vs (3) New Mexico / (2) Georgetown vs (1) Indiana
Finals: Louisville over Indiana
Tiebreak: 142 points
I didn’t actually meet Ohio State graduate Clara in person until later, but I met her, Twitter-wise, during last year’s tournament:
My EAUCNFFC entry:
Final Four: Louisville vs. Ohio State / Florida vs. Indiana
Championship game: Louisville vs. Florida
(But I’d be more than happy to lose the EAUCNFFC if Ohio State wins)
We not only have a Pghrugbyangel, but we also have a Pghrugbyref:
An entry to the EAUCNFFC (BTYBB) from PghRugbyRef
Louisville, Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse
Ohio State, Kansas
Final score total: 149
And also a Pghrugbyattorney; you’ll know her has regular AUCNFFC contestant Calipanthergrl (and no matter what she thinks, her picks are pretty good):
My selections are as follows:
Final Four: Louisville, Ohio State, Kansas, Indiana
Champ: Louisville (74-68)
I actually think UL will have a tough time getting to the Final Four, but they have a legitimate shot to win this year so I can’t not pick them. *sigh* I look forward to being eliminated by the second weekend!
Carla and I did a show about the tournament for Draft Day Suit last night; while taping, she filed a kind of video entry, but you don’t have to sit through the whole thing to see it (EVEN THOUGH YOU SHOULD):
Michigan State vs. Gonzaga/Florida vs. Indiana
Indiana beats Gonzaga, 62-55
Barb’s disclaimer is kind of funny. How’d you like that Bocktown gift card last year?
Disclaimer: I know nothing about basketball (but co-won this last year).
Final 4: Louisville & Ohio State; Georgtown & Indiana
Final 2: Louisville & Georgetown
Tie Breaker: 127
I think Ethel has played every single year:
OK, ready, finally. Louisville, OSU, Georgetown, Butler
Final: OSU vs. Butler
OSU wins 62-58
As has Fred, Ethel’s lovely and talented husband (via Ethel’s comment):
And an entry from Fred has surfaced in my email:
UL, Ohio State, Kansas, Miami
UL vs. Kansas
Kansas 80 -71
An entry from Susan, my favorite person on the internet that I haven’t had a chance to meet yet:
Louisville, N Mexico, Gtown, Indiana. New Mexico, Indiana. Indiana. 119
Kelly’s son Evan picked her brackets this year. Evan’s been raised as a Nittany Lion, so his picks are pretty funny (no matter what his mom thinks):
Pitt over Sparty
San Diego State over Indiana
Pitt over San Diego State, 111 points
I bet Joe would be happy to make the drive from Morgantown to claim the Bocktown gift card:
Final Four: Louisville v. Ohio St./Georgetown v. Indiana
Championship Game: Ohio St. v. Indiana
Welcome to first-time player Dish (and as I said on FB, I’m totally with him on the Duke thing):
You’ve convinced me! Semis: Michigan State over Ohio State (sorry!) and Indiana over Georgetown. Finals: Indiana over Michigan State, 63-57. And as always, my favorite part of the tournament is when Duke loses.
Former colleague Scooter, who knows better than to go with Pitt (even though I bet he’d like to):
Here’s the entry from Scooter’s G-Burg Gunners: Final Four: Louisville, New Mexico, Florida and Indiana
Championship Game: Louisville v. Indiana
Michael joins us once again:
Final 4: Duke & Notre Dame; Kansas & Indiana
Final 2: Duke & Indiana
Tie Breaker: 147
First-time player Jenn; I love that she feels like she has to apologize for her pick:
Final Four: Michigan State, OSU, Georgetown, Syracuse
Finals: OSU, Syracuse
Syracuse 67-OSU 63 (SORRY!)
Patrick (the wee lad) joins us for the first time:
First-time caller, long-time listener: Love the show!
Here is my 2-cents worth: Your Final Four will be Louisville vs. Gonzaga (sorry, Ohio State) and Kansas vs. Miami. Louisville and Miami then will clash with Louisville emerging victorious with a combined score of 138.
Just don’t tell my bookie where I live.
Final 4: Duke, Arizona, Kansas, and Indiana
Final 2: Arizona & Kansas
Tie Breaker 132
RPM, whom I believe had help from one (or both?) of her daughters:
Final Four: Michigan St. v. Gonzaga, Syracuse v. Bucknell
Championship game: Gonzaga v. Syracuse
tie breaker: 152
Sheepthemoon, whose dice seemed to do pretty well:
Disclaimer: I don’t follow college sports and know nothing about basketball. Guesses have been generated with me (A) being half asleep and/or (B) throwing dice.
Final 4: Louisville & Gonzaga, Florida & Syracuse.
Final 2: Louisville & Florida
Winner: Florida (gross. Stupid dice)
Tie Breaker: 133
Side note: Technically, dice chose Pitt to get into Final 4, but even I know not to bet on Pitt when it comes to hoops and the NCAA tournament.
One of my favorite annual sporting events: Kewyson’s dissection of the brackets:
Short on time – 12 noon now – 2 birds, a nut and a local yokal saying –
Louisville / OSU, with the Cards prevaiing (‘I shouldn’t have drank all of that Nyquil’ from Stripes reference gives the birds the power to beat out our Bucks.
Kansas / Indiana, with the boys from Bloomington beating out the Jayhawks – I believe their Harlem Globtrotter circus pants have special powers.
In the final, The Big Ten triumphs – not ony because we are the best league this year, but beacuase John Cougar hails from there, and kitties eat birds – and sing ditties. Total combined score – 144
And, as we do, we close with Juan, oh he of very little basketball knowledge. And here’s the thing, boys and girls — Phil’s mom did pretty well this year, even picking a one seed — Gonzaga — to win it all:
Creighton vs. Gonzaga/UNC vs. Marquette
Gonzaga beats Marquette
(Editor’s note) I have no idea what to do about a tiebreaker here. I’m going to hope that we don’t actually need to use one here.
There you have it, boys and girls. Thanks again to Chris Dilla for the generous sponsorship, and thanks to each one of you who entered.
If I missed your entry or somehow screwed up something else (entirely possible), just let me know and I’ll get it fixed right away.
And, as usual, good luck to everyone. Especially Mrs. Crappy (Woooo, Bocktown dinner!).