As usual, we have a ton of entries for the Seventh Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought To You By Bocktown), so let’s get right to the list, so we can get our first look at who might be in line to win our Bocktown gift card.
As per tradition, we start with yours truly:
If my Buckeyes are paying attention, they’re as good as anyone on the country. However, I’m betting that there will be a lapse at some point in the tournament, and if it happens against Florida State, Ohio State will be done. In that light:
Mizzou and Carolina face off in the title game, and even though Mrs. Crappy will be in bed by halftime, the Tar Heels will be this season’s national champions.
Mrs. Crappy is fairly predictable:
Kentucky/OSU & UNC/Kansas
Kentucky v UNC
Mom’s entry is awfully chalky:
Mike, Here is my entry: Final Four: Kentucky vs Mich. State and
Syracuse vs North Carolina. Final: Kentucky vs North Carolina. Winner:
Kentucky. Tie breaker: 74-72. How’s that for not going out on a limb?
No guts here! Mom
And no one should be surprised by my dad’s picks:
My final four are UK/MSU and OSU/UNC Champ Game is OSU 62 MSU 58. Go Bucks.
Casey was one of a couple people to take advantage of the newly instituted Melo Rule. His amended picks:
As allowed by the Melo Rule, new updated picks:
Semi-Finals: Kentucky/Michigan State & Florida State/Kansas
Defending champion Tim taunts Ted, who apparently didn’t enter this year:
Final 4: Duke, Mich St, Syracuse, UNC
Championship: Kentucky v. UNC
Champion: Kentucky 72-68
Looking to repeat! Ted, you don’t have a chance!
Curl Girl Michelle:
Kentucky/Missouri & Ohio St/North Carolina
North Carolina 63-54
Good luck everyone!
Our favorite Aunt Annoyed Angel is back:
I never do well here, so I don’t know why I’m trying again, maybe to get my mind off of school for a hot second…
So, here I go.
Semis: KY/Mich St & OSU/NCU
Large made his picks before Phil’s Mom did:
Kentucky, Florida St., Kansas, Missouri
Kentucky, Florida St.
I always suck at this so my expectations match Juan’s.
Kim Z lives in the heart of B1G country, and you can see it in her picks:
Semis: Kentucky/Michigan State & Ohio State/Georgetown
Finals: Michigan State/Ohio State
Winner: Ohio State
I don’t know Adam Music (I don’t think I do, anyway), but his picks — especially the one about OU — are always welcome here:
Semis: Kentucky, Gonzaga, Murray State, North Carolina
Finals: Kentucky, North Carolina
Winner: UNC, 75-68
I did vote for the Bobcats to make it to the Sweet 16 though.
Jaci got married since last year’s tournament, but she’s still a Buckeye:
Final Four: Kentucky/Michigan State and Ohio State/North Carolina.
Final: Kentucky/North Carolina
Winner: Kentucky – 77-68
Barb, there are millions of people around the country who share your irony:
Ironically, I know nothing about college b-ball, but enjoy March Madness every year!
Four: Kentucky, MI St., Syracuse, and Kansas
Final: Kentucky, Kansas
Winner: Kentucky, 76-75
Former Yinzteamer Michael joins us from Indiana:
Final Four: Kentucky/Missouri, Syracuse/Georgetown
Winner: Kentucky — 72-64
The Most Rev. Father Spoon had Syracuse getting to the Final Four in his original version; he also took advantage of the Melo Rule:
DOH updating mine
FINAL 4 – Florida ST/UNC & Mich St/Kentucky
FINAL – Mich st / UNC
Champion – UNC
Final Four: Ohio State/Kansas / Kentucky/Michigan State
Final: Ohio State / Kentucky
Winner: Ohio State: 72-69
OK here are my picks. It’s usually safest to bet AGAINST me. I’m always wrong.
Final Four: Michigan State, Duke, North Carolina, Ohio State
Finals: Michigan State/North Carolina
Winner: North Carolina
We’ll see if the Shadow knows:
duke over syracuse 59 to 58.
Gina has a long history of letting her pets make her picks. She really had to scrounge this year:
My dog doesn’t care & my cat is very bored by the whole thing, so I am picked myself up to the finals and then let (I kid you not) the goldfish pick the final winner:
Kentucky vs. Michigan State and Florida State vs Kansas
Michigan State vs Kansas
Michigan State 78-64
DUKE vs. MICHIGAN ST
OSU vs. N CAROLINA
DUKE vs. N CAROLINA
72 to 67
( I love that you said The OHIO Bobcats will beat Michigan…)
Okay – here we go with my bball predictions for 2012 – first off, I have to give credit where credit is due – I stole these picks from someone who has a lot more focus on the game than I – if I win, I will certainly share the fabulous prize. He only has to track me down, correctly state where obtained said bracketology knowledge was hap-hazardly left lying around – in a condition that a reasonable person would conclude that this information was discarded, abandoned, neglected or simply posted on the Internet.
In the South-West corner – we have the feline connection. The battle of the cats – Kentucky’s WildCats taking on the Missouri Tigers. Although UC’s connection to the Bluegrass State would normally be enough for any of his loyal, supportive readers to go with Kentucky – I’m focusing on national parks – Mammoth Cave vs. Lake of the Ozarks – both certainly have unique attributes – however, Kentucky wins this draw due to the fact that it’s park is a natural creation and has less WalMart’s within a 50 mile radius.
In the East-MidWest corner – we have the plant / mineral confrontation. A nut (Buckeyes) vs. a mineral (Tar heel – my apologies to Dorset Ram – my simple stories cannot handle a multiple mascot concept). I feel in this primal battle between basic elements, reliance on a dead language is most useful.
• OSU: Disciplina in civitatem – Education for Citizenship
• UNC: Lux Libertas – Light & Liberty
Light and Liberty are 2 actionable items- shedding light and the act of liberty.
Education is and act, but Citizenship is a description.
UNC wins the motion test.
So we have Kentucky versus North Carolina. I’ll keep it simple – petrochemical countries continue to win over whiskey distilling ones 97% of the time – my prediction – UNC over Kentucky – 78 – 65
OK, here are mine (I’m logged in as momsbrain but, you know, this is Ethel)
Baylor v Missouri
Ohio State v UNC
OSU beats Missouri in the final
Newcomer Garrett, who hooked me up with this year’s Phil’s Mom episode of the Kornheiser show:
Picks: Kentucky/Mizzou, Fla. St./UNC; Kentucky/UNC; Kentucky. 75-68
My favorite accordian player Fuzzwad:
bracket entry: Duke2/Mich St1, Wisc4/Kansas2, Duke2/Kansas2, Duke 55-47
I didn’t meet John until a few months ago; I’m happy he decided to join us:
Final 4: Kentucky, Mizzou, Fla St, UNC; Champ Game: Kentucky vs UNC; Champion: Kentucky Pts: 155
I don’t know who Otimemore is, but his or her picks are here. Thanks for playing:
Message: Semi finals
Kentucky / Kansas
My favorite editor Larry came up with especially good picks this year:
Ohio State/North Carolina
Ohio State over Kentucky in the final, total points 135.
Cindy’s back for another shot at the Bocktown gift card:
From Nashvegas, we hear from Carla:
Going out on a limb this year. Because, well, why the heck not?
Kentucky/Michigan St. and Vandy/Kansas
67-60 (or 127 because we all suck at math).
Go Dores! Go Belmont! Go Bobcats! (I have them beating Michigan.)
An entry from Susan, one of my favorite internet people I’ve never actually met:
Baylor, Missouri, Syracuse, NC. Missouri, NC. NC. 148
New Dad, otherwise known as multiple AUCNFFC Champion Mr. Burns:
Kentucky, Mizzou // UNC, THE Ohio State University
Carolina Boy found me at the last second:
UK Points: 141
My North Side neighbor Clif:
Kentucky/Michigan State and Ohio State/North Carolina
Championship Game: Michigan State/North Carolina
Champions: Michigan State 78 to 72
A veteran of many AUCNFFCs, Calipanthergrl:
You didn’t think I’d forget did you?? I’m going to go with:
Ohio State/North Carolina
Total points – 165
A new contestant, my friend #OhJill:
Kentucky/MSU & OSU/UNC
And finally we have Juan, oh he of little basketball knowledge. We were able to track down Phil’s Mom’s picks, thanks to the aforementioned Garrett, and Juan actually has a shot this year:
(Yeah, we’re not going to worry about the tiebreaker for this one too much.)
And there you go, boys and girls, all 8,457 entries. If I screwed up your entry or missed it entirely — a distinct possibility — just let me know and I’ll get it straightened out. Thank you all for playing, thanks to Chris at Bocktown for the prize and good luck to everyone. Especially me.
FYI: I have expanded my season’s basketball viewing my 100 percent in the first three minutes of the first game.