OK, not really, but that’s probably how each entrant in the Seventh Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought To You By Bocktown) felt after the basketball-related carnage this weekend.
The upsets in the first round were a thing of legend this year, but as it turned out, they didn’t mean that much to us. I attribute this to a couple things: 1) We were all pretty chalky this year and 2) Our chalky picks mostly avoided disaster.
Pitt has been a regular whipping boy in past editions of AUCNFFC, but as the Panthers aren’t in the tournament, we can turn our attention to the Midwest, the home of Missouri; the Tigers’ ridiculous first-round loss to Norfolk State put a dent in the entries of 12 of the 36 SVAUCNFFC participants. The next-most-disappointing team? Florida State, as six of us had the Seminoles going to the Final Four.
Of course, we don’t start awarding points until the final weekend, but it’s still possible to get a glimpse of how everyone is doing after the first two rounds. Lets take a look:
All four picks intact (You guys are all “Upsets? What upsets?”):
Three plus title game (You guys are still sitting pretty):
Curl Girl Michelle
Three but lost one (No worries. OK, maybe a few):
Two, full title game (Hanging on for dear life):
Two but lost one (Hey, the Masters are coming up soon, right?):
One (Blutarsky candidates):
OK. Does everyone feel better? With the exception of Large, Juan and yours truly?
Fine. You guys suck.
Think I’m doing better here than in my own pool! I’ll tune in again next week.
That’s a great start outta you.
I think you forgot Ethel. I wipe away a tear… :-)
I have three left, but also lost one of my finalists. So I am in the “three but lost one” category, I think?
I offer my standard disclaimer: I am an idiot, and it sometimes shows.
Is that really me with four picks left? Seriously?
It’s twue, it’s twue!
I stink at the SAUCNFFC (BTYBB). Every year I just get slaughtered. But, being from Cleveland makes me imminently qualified to…..”wait until next year”. Heck, I’ve been doing it my whole life. Good luck to all.