Okay, besides Christmas, this is probably my favorite time of the year. I got to work on Thursday morning and told the Marketing Director that "Today is like Christmas for me". It really is. It's like every game is a new present waiting to be unwrapped and enjoyed. The best part is, sometimes that 'present' just keeps getting better over the next couple of hours and if you're really lucky it comes down to the last few seconds and it's one of the best presents ever!
So I filled out a bracket......well, maybe 5, but that's really good for me. It's usually at least 7 or 8. I have my main, or my "Sheet of Integrity" (for those Mike & Mike in the Morning listners) and the others are just for fun or to win money from ESPN.com. This year has thrown me for a few loops and I've only gotten 22 of 32 right so far. That's not too hot. Thankfully though, only 3 of my Sweet 16 teams are out so far, but all of my Elite 8 are still in the running.
Sure, I'd love to have a perfect bracket, but does it really matter? No. The only thing that matters is that North Carolina ends up being the only team to win 6 games in a row and walk away with the championship. Then we can come back next season and do it all over again as long as nobody leaves. (Please Tyler Hansbrough, come back and win it again. Pleeeeaaaaase. I'm begging and pleading with you. For the love of all that is holy, please come back)
For those that are interested my picks are as follows...
Sweet 16: UNC, Notre Dame, Louisville, Tennessee, Kansas, Clemson (lost), USC (lost), Georgetown, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, Drake (lost), Xavier, and Duke.
Elite 8: UNC, Tennessee, Kansas, Georgetown, Memphis, Stanford, UCLE, and Duke.
Final Four: UNC vs. Kansas and Memphis vs. UCLA. I know, it's boring with all of the #1 seeds in the Final Four, but they are all so strong. Really, any of them have a decent shot at being knocked out in the Elite 8, except Carolina. (c:
Championsip: UNC vs. Memphis with UNC winning 75-72