In past versions of the basketball pool, this is when I would generally summarize how much we all suck.
But in the Fourth Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge, things, apparently, are different. We don’t suck, and even though a few of us have lost a single Final Four participant, every single one of us still has our championship games in play.
Well, almost every single one of us. I’ll get to that in a minute.
I’m not sure what it is, but this seemed to be the year for everyone to make fairly conservative picks. I ragged on Carolina Boy for picking chalk — or going with the highest seeds in each region — but the reality is we all stuck pretty closely with the favorites this time around. And because there haven’t been a load of upsets this time, we’re all doing well.
That’s why it is especially important that I get tiebreakers — in the form of a predicted score for your championship game — from each of you. Look — five players have a Louisville-Pitt final, four have a Memphis-Pitt final and three have a UConn-Pitt final. So I’m going to need some help here.
My tie-breaker, for the record: 89-85.
The damage so far? Not especially damaging. Nineteen of us still have all four picks in the tournament. And as I said before, the four of us who lost one team — Mrs. Crappy, Gina, Fred and Nicole — still have their championship games intact.
And then there’s Juan. Given what the penny did to him, it’s probably not much of a surprise that he is out. All four teams gone. Don’t worry, my friend — maybe next year Kornheiser will do his radio show again, and we’ll at least be able to get Phil’s Mom’s pick for you.
87 – 78 – same team winning
This supercedes any prior response…
UConn 72 Pitt 64
OK: Pitt 71 defeats Memphis 67
Figuring out how to get my name back on your comments…
Conn – 75
NC – 73