It’s only March, but I’m pretty sure that, as always, this will work out to be the longest Uncle Crappy post of 2016. And “this,” of course, is the annual roundup of entries in the Eleventh Annual Uncle Crappy NCAA Final Four Challenge (Brought To You By Bocktown).
And, as usual, we start with me.
Texas A&M beats Cal, and UNC beats Sparty.
Mrs. Crappy would be happy with a Carolina win, but the Aggies will take the title, 79-73.
Jenn “Porch Daiquiri” Strang, who once again was the first to enter the contest:
Final Four: Kansas, Texas A&M, Michigan State, Indiana
Championship game: Texax A&M vs Indiana
Champion: Texas A&M 73-71
Multi-year AUCNFFC winner Mr. Burns rejoins us after a three-year absence:
Kansas, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Michigan State // Kansas v Michigan State // Kansas, 74-68.
Fellow Bobcat Sara, who has no LSU Tigers in the tournament:
FF: Kansas v Duke, UK v MSU.
Championship: Kansas v MSU.
Sara’s husband Enzo:
Kansas, Texas am, Kentucky, MSU.
Texas am, MSU.
AJ, who, like me, has no Buckeyes to back this year:
Nova, A&M, UNC, MSU.
Joe “Had Too Much Too Fast” Cernelli:
FF: Kansas v Oklahoma, UNC v MSU
Final: Kansas v MSU
Champ: MSU 73-67
Ms. Dana “She’ll Make You Toast” Bee:
Final Four: Kansas vs. Oklahoma, N. Carolina vs. Michigan State
Championship Game: Kansas vs. Michigan State
Champion: Kansas, 74-72
Starts With Dish:
Final Four: Kansas over Cincinnati and Michigan State over North Carolina
Championship: Kansas over Michigan State, 69-62
Tournament Highlight: Duke loses to Yale in the Round of 32!
Note: I told Dish that I’d buy him a beer if his Duke/Yale prediction comes true.
Otimemore, whom I know pretty much because of AUCNFFC:
Final 4: Kansas vs Arizona; Kentucky vs Notre Dame
Championship Game: Kansas vs Notre Dame
Champion: Kansas 68-59
Maryland over Oregon, Virginia over Xavier
Championship Maryland over Virginia 72-64
Highlight? Notre Dame gets spanked. But then again isn’t that *always* a highlight?
My CnC Show co-host Carla:
Final Four: Kansas over Oklahoma. Michigan State over Kentucky.
Title: Michigan State over Kansas, 76-68.
Reluctant B1G fan JD:
Kansas, Oklahoma, UNC, Mich St.
Kansas over Mich St 78-73
Curl Girl Michelle:
Final Four: Villanova vs Oregon and North Carolina vs Virginia
Championship game: Villanova vs Virginia
Champion: Virginia, 78-68
Good luck everyone!!
The Sports Chump:
My Final Four: Kansas, Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan State
My Final Game: Kansas over Michigan State by a final score of 72-62.
Best of luck to all.
Iowa, St. Joe’s, Xavier, MSU;
final St. Joe’s and Xavier; Xavier wins, 66-63.
KU, Oklahoma, UNC, MSU;
final UNC and MSU; MSU wins, tiebreaker is 98.
The wee lad Patrick O’Shea:
Kansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Michigan State.
final North Carolina and Kansas, winner Kansas by a score of 73-68
Kansas v Oregon
Xavier v Virginia
Kansas over Xavier 69-66
It’s the time of year for me to randomly pick four collegiate basketball programs that I know nothing about, so here goes:
Maryland v Saint Joseph’s
Pitt v Gonzaga
Maryland beats Gonzaga 72-68
Thanks for doing this again, and best of luck to all participants!
Kansas v. Oklahoma
UNC v. Michigan State
Michigan State v. Oklahoma
Michigan State 72-66
The Bitch Desk:
I also don’t follow bball, so these are random choices:
Kansas very Oklahoma
N Carolina v Michigan St
Kansas v Michigan St
Michigan St 67-64
Former champ Father Spoon, who may be slightly delusional:
Virginia vs Kentucky
Kansas vs Oregon
Kentucky beats Oregon 72-69
With the win, Ashley Judd is so overcome with joy she calls me up to go out. We have beers. I take selfies. Life is good.
Almost annual participant Susan:
Iowa, Oklahoma, NC, Michigan St.
Iowa, Mich St. Mich St. 151. Go Big10!
Noted television personality Jim Lokay:
NC, MICHIGAN ST, MD, OKLAHOMA
MICHIGAN ST VA OKLAHOMA
MICHIGAN STATE CHAMPS 65-61
Will, aka Lunchbox, aka Birdshit:
Final Four: UNC-Asheville vs. Duke and Kentucky vs Gonzaga
Championship game: UNC-Asheville vs Gonzaga
Asheville because I’m going there for vacation this spring, Duke because why not, Kentucky because I love chicken and, as always, Gonzaga because I like the name. I picked Gonzaga as the winner, because I couldn’t pick The Pistol Shrimps, stars of my favorite podcast.
I CAME TO PLAY.
Work Kelly (as opposed to Mrs. Crappy, who was too busy dealing a stomach bug to complete any brackets):
Kansas vs. Duke, West Virginia vs. Virginia
Virginia beats Duke, 82-78
As is tradition, we enter Juan, oh he of very little basketball knowledge, using the picks of Phil’s Mom … and Juan stands to avoid being Blutarskied this year:
UNC vs. Butler. Colorado vs. Baylor.
Colorado beats UNC. Still thinking a tiebreaker won’t be necessary.
And that’s everyone’s picks, yinz guys. Standard caveat: I almost always overlook someone in the rush to get this posted; if you have suffered this indignity, let me know and I’ll correct the problem right away.
Thanks to Chris and Bocktown for their participation once again – it’s always nice to be able to offer fabulous prizes that are actually fabulous. And most of all, thanks to you guys, for entering, for reading and for enabling me to continue this thing (AUCNFFC) for 11 years and this other thing (Uncle Crappy the blog) for even longer.
Good luck to all – especially me.