Holy crap. We have a shit-ton of entries for the Fifth-Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge. And in the interest of not making this the longest blog post in the history of the internet, we’re going to get right to the picks.
We start with yours truly:
I haven’t seen a dominant team in college basketball this season, so I’m going to ride the country’s best player — yes, I’m talking about Evan Turner — to a national title:Ohio State vs. Kansas State / West Virginia vs. BaylorOhio State vs. West VirginiaOhio State
Mrs. Crappy is without her Tar Heels, so she’s going with her fallback team:
OSU v. Syracuse / Kentucky v. DookOSU v. KentuckyOSU
And then we got yinz guys, in no particular order. Long-time reader, first-time AUCNFFC player Chachi:
Chachi Says:Final Four: Ohio St Vs Syracuse and Duke vs Kentuckyfinal: Ohio St Vs. DukeChamp: Duke
We like AJ. He’s a Buckeye and a Tar Heel, and he picks appropriately:
Final Four: Ohio St v Syracuse/West Va v BaylorFinal: Ohio St v West VaChamp: Ohio St
I haven’t yet met Kayla, but I’m happy she decided to play:
Final Four:Kansas v. Syracuse, Kentucky v. DukeKansas V. DukeChamp: Kansas
You know Anthony, who’s playing AUCNFFC for the first time:
Kansas Pitt Duke WVUKansas DukeKansas
Past AUCNFFC Champion Doogle, who can’t stop being a shill for his employer:
Are you saying Bobby Mo can’t win it all? That’s like saying Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball.Final Four: Kansas vs. Syracuse/Kentucky vs DukeChampionship: Kansas vs. KentuckyChampion: KentuckyI want Kentucky to win so I can see Ashley Judd bouncing around. boing boing boing.
Large, one of two of us who actually played college basketball. He also likes torturing me:
Kansas vs. Syracuse/Kintuck vs. BaylorKansas vs. KintuckKansasP.S. (Unrelated but interesting info that UC would enjoy) I found a long lost box of homebrew in the basement last night, and enjoyed a 10 year old Porter. Yum-yum.
Bobbo, who seems to claim more college teams that even me, generously offers a subscription to his newspaper as a prize. I’m thinking about awarding it to whomever finishes last:
Final Four: Kansas/Syracuse and WVU/VillanovaFinal: Kansas/WVUChamp: KansasAlso, I’ll throw in a year subscription to the (Sewickley) Valley’s only newspaper, the Sewickley Herald, as a prize! :)
We welcome Larry, an actual current colleague who was the first to ever post a comment to Uncle Crappy. Larry’s a Penn State guy, and he’s concerned that Woody Hayes is turning over in his grave because of his pick:
OSU vs. Kansas State; WVU vs. DukeOSU vs. DukeOSU
Our friend Carla, who is no doubt drawing on her expertise as a national writer/editor for Yahoo Sports:
OK. I’m still not happy with this, but I’m tired of analyzing this darn thing. Here we go:Kansas vs. Syracuse / West Virginia vs. DukeKansas vs. WVUKansas
I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Pantster. Here’s his picks, which he hopes will earn him the Bocktown prize:
FINAL FOUR: Kansas vs Kansas State & Villanova vs WVUFINALS: Kansas vs VillanovaCHAMP: KansasI can taste the fries now.
Last year, Mystery Michelle broke out of lurk mode for the first time with her AUCNFFC entry. Now’s she’s CurlGirl Michelle, and she’s back:
No real method here….Final Four: Kansas vs. Kansas St. / Kentucky vs. VillanovaChampionship: Kansas vs. VillanovaChampion: Villanova
For all of her grousing, AAA came up with solid picks (except for that thing about Duke):
Final Four: Ohio State/Syracuse & Kentucky/DukeOhio State/DukeChamp: Duke
Papuga’s back! Hi, Dawn!
Okay, I’m back again this year. Last year I got pounded, but my gut has a feeling…Kansas/Syracuse and WVU/BaylorKansas/WVUKansas
Jim, otherwise known as our favorite television traffic guy in the history of broadcasting, is back for the second year in a row:
Bring it:Kansas/Kansas State and WVU/LouisvilleKansas/LouisvilleKansas
You may know him as Shadow. You may also know him as Derrick:
Kansas v Syracuse / Kentucky v VillanovaKansas v KentuckyKansas
Ethel is one of the few to participate in every single edition of AUCNFFC:
OK, haven’t looked at anyone else’s, including Obama’s. Here is mine:OSU vs. Syracuse and Kentucky vs. BaylorFinal: Syracuse vs. KentuckyKentucky wins
Gina’s selection for last year was one of my favorites of all time. This year’s is even better:
My dog’s picked sucked last year, so I asked my cat and he licked his ass. And then I asked my other cat and she said ladybugladybugladybug. So back to the dog (this takes forever, by the way, so I did the 1st round picking and just had him narrow it down).Syracuse vs Kansas; WVU vs VillanovaKansas vs WVUWVU
Grandpa, otherwise known as our Michigan beer smuggler, does one for his brother-in-law:
Go Hope!OSU vs. Kansas State / Duke vs. KentuckyOSU vs. KentuckyKentucky (that’s for you Fred).
I don’t think Kim would have entered if not for the prospect of gallons of Bocktown barbeque sauce:
Final Four: Kansas vs Kansas St/Kentucky vs DukeChampionship: Kansas vs DukeChampion: Duke (of course)
The good Doctor Yohe also knows basketball:
Final Four: OSU vs Syracuse/Kentucky vs LouisvilleChampionship: Syracuse vs. KentuckyChampion: Kentucky
Final Four:OSU vs Kansas StKentucky vs Texas A&Mthen OSU vs KentuckyWinner? Kentucky
I flipped a coin, literally.Final Four: Ohio vs Florida / N. Mexico vs Notre DameFlorida vs Notre Dame with Notre Dame winning.
Michael has moved back to Indy, but he hasn’t forgotten AUCNFFC:
Final Four:Kansas v Pitt/Kentucky v DukeChampionship: Kansas v KentuckyChampion: Kansas
Susan’s been one of my favorite new readers of the last year, even though she has an obvious bias towards the eastern side of the state:
Final Four: Kansas vs. Syracuse/Kentucky vs. VillanovaChampionship game: Kansas vs. VillanovaChampion: Villanova
Given West Virginia’s performance this year — probably good enough for a 1 seed — I was really hopeful we’d get picks from Matlock:
Kansas v. Pitt/WVU v. BaylorKansas v. WVUWVU
Burgh Baby, the other one of us to actually play college basketball:
Kansas vs. Kansas StateWest Virginia vs. DukeKansas St. vs. KentuckyKentucky takes it all
TheJim (or, TehJim) knows more about sports than you:
Kansas v Syracuse / WVU v ‘NovaKansas v ‘NovaKansasSorry RMU. =/
sorry I’m so late…Kansas vs Syracuse & Kentucky vs Duke. Then Kansas & Kentucky in the final game…Kansas wins it.
Fred, Ethel’s lovely and talented husband, asks a question while posting his picks. I know the answer; does anyone else?
ku vs k st.wvu vs novaku vs novakuquestion: besides me, who is known for wanting “seashells and balloons”?
My mom entered for the first time every. Y’all watch your language.
I’m entering your contest this year: Final four: Kansas vs Kansas State and Kentucky vs Duke, Final two: Kansas and Duke, National Champion: Kansas.
Mark claims CB stands for “Carolina Boy.” We know it actually stands for “Chalk Boy.”
Carolina Boy’s pix (predictable)(1) Kansas vs. (1) Syracuse(1) UK vs. (2) Villanova(1) Kansas vs. (2) VillanovaKansas Jayhawks – 2010 NCAA Mens Basketball Champion
College basketball freak (I mean that in the nicest way possible) Calipanthergrl is back for a second year:
Final Four: Kansas, Kentucky, Kansas State, BaylorChampionship Game: Kansas vs. KentuckyChampion: Kansas (84-79)
Two-time winner and noted contrarian Mr. Burns started his entry like this:
As per usual, I’ll let you select my final four.
“As per usual”? What exactly does that mean?Let’s recap:FAUCNFFC: You were boycotting brackets, so I picked for you. You finished in tie for first.SAUCNFFC: You made your own picks. You won.THAUCCFFC: You made your own picks, although you included one team that wasn’t in the tournament. You, uh, didn’t win.FAUCNFFC: You made your own picks. You didn’t win, but you didn’t embarrass yourself.If I’m picking for you, you’re getting all four 15 seeds. Just sayin.
Ohio State, Kansas State // West Virgina, DookKansas State // DookDook
I look forward to Kewyson’s AUCNFFC entry explanation almost as much as I do my birthday:
Seeing that professional journalists often refer to this blog for reliable news feeds, I will up front cite my source of picks – 100% taken from a most notable sports authority- the WSJ (it also happens to be the only daily paper I have delivered) – just because they couldn’t predict the housing bubble and they freely allow Rove a platform doesn’t mean they can’t get the tourney right, right?Hailing from Utah, Cosmo the Cougar will battle Big Jay from Lawrence, Kansas, with the Jayhawks winning by a feather.Bucky Badger from America’s Dairyland will scrum with the Devil wears Prada team from the Tarheel state – with Bucky’s prolific ingestion of cheese finally constipating the advancement of the fury little critter.Repeating an epic meeting between 2 historic power houses in NCAA basketball – Duke Blue Devils, whose name comes from the French “les Diables Bleus” which was the nickname given during World War I to the Chasseurs Alpins, the French Alpine light infantry battalion – will lose a close game to boys from the sunflower state when the jayhawks, a mythical cross between a blue jay and a sparrowhawk, ultimately triumph-Rock Chalk baby
And that leaves us with Juan, oh he of little basketball knowledge. Phil’s Mom returned to Kornheiser’s show this year, and, surprisingly, she made some decent picks:
Oklahoma State v. Brigham Young / Marquette v. BaylorBrigham Young v. BaylorBaylor
That’s what we got, kids. If I missed your entry — entirely possible since there are 1.476 of you this year — let me know and I’ll add you to the list. One thing to keep in mind: lots of you stuck with high seeds, so it may be necessary to submit a tie-breaker — we’ll do the standard score of the final game thing — at some point. If I need one from you, I’ll let you know.
Thank you all very much for playing. And good luck to everyone. Especially me.