USSM bracket pool

Dave · March 13, 2006 at 9:53 am · Filed Under Off-topic ranting 

Already filled out 182 brackets today? Make it 183, and join the USSMariner blog pool.

Group Name: USSMariner
Password: wfb

No fees, no prizes, just a bunch of baseball geeks pretending like we know basketball too.


26 Responses to “USSM bracket pool”

  1. Churchill on March 13th, 2006 11:11 am

    March is a crazy time for sports. Crazy good.

  2. Jay R. on March 13th, 2006 12:13 pm

    I LOVE March Madness. I am not talking about allowing WFB to compete for a starting job at 2nd or considering the rotation set already- that kind of madness lasts well beyond March, unfortunately.

  3. Jimmie the Geek on March 13th, 2006 12:29 pm

    Best. Password. EVAR.

    Three characters isn’t too secure, though. You could have used something like this to be more secure:




  4. terry on March 13th, 2006 1:16 pm

    Guys…here’s a hot insider tip….the Cincinnati Bearcats will win it all-or NOT. 😛

  5. Churchill on March 13th, 2006 1:17 pm

    March Madness is my earliest childhood memories of bigtime championship sports, since I was a bit young to carry the Supersonics’ title in 1979 much further the next minute.

    In 1985 I was lucky enough to witness Villanove upset Georgetown for the National Title in the dome.

    In 1987 and 1988 I saw the West Regional Semis and Finals. In 87 the UNLV squad was stacked with their first stud team, led by point guard Mark Wade, center Armon “Hammer” Gilliam and company.

    In 1988, I fell in love with the University of Arizona Basketball team.

    Here’s why:

    There’s 40,000 people crammed into one corner of the Kingdome surrounding the court. About 18 or 20 thousand of them were right on top of the playing surface – decked in red and blue. The four teams left in the region were North Carolina with JR Reid, Iowa with Roy Marble, Michigan with Vaught, Rice and Mills, and the U of A with Sean Elliott and Steve Kerr.

    I wasn’t rooting for anything but good games until Zona took the floor and Kerr nailed what appeared to be a normal three-point bucket to get Zona up 5-4 just two minutes into the game.

    No, it wasn’t the three that won me over. it was transpired immediately after. The PA announcer did his thing… “Threeee point basket by number 24, Steeeeeeeve Kerrrr!!!!”…

    In unison, the entire building, or so it seemed, repeated: “Steeeeeve Kerrr!!!”

    I was hooked. Hooked on college hoops, and hooked on Lute and the U of A.

    Enough to travel out of my way and take out personal loans to attend school in the desert.

    Hearing the crowd dupe the PA announcer after every three Kerr made was amazing. Zona won the region and lost in the National Semis. Kansas defeated Oklahoma in the title game.

    But when the Cats won it all in 97 with me on campus…

    WOW… just WOW.

    Baseball will always go down as my favorite sport for so many reasons. Tradition. My father. The general spirit it brings on a nightly basis. The explosive subtlety.

    But there is nothing… nothing on the planet like college basketball. Such a kid-like nostalgia about it all.

    18 years later I’ve been back to two final fours (95 in Seattle – UCLA – and in 97 of course), and I’m a lifelong fan of Kerr and Elliott.

    Not even Dick Vitale and Billy Packer can ruin it for me.

    How ’bout that, eh?

  6. Nate on March 13th, 2006 1:25 pm

    [i]But there is nothing… nothing on the planet like college basketball.[/i]

    March madness is very good, but I think baseball is pretty good too.

    (go gonzaga)

  7. joser on March 13th, 2006 1:43 pm

    Bleh. Tall freaks run to one end, wave your arms around, everybody jump, run to the other end, repeat. March can’t be over soon enough. When is opening day again?

  8. Churchill on March 13th, 2006 1:59 pm

    Some of the players are short, joser. Some of them don’t jump. And some of them don’t even run to the other end.

  9. Dave on March 13th, 2006 2:02 pm

    But enough about the Knicks.


  10. Evan on March 13th, 2006 2:09 pm

    Never liked basketball. The constant repetitive action gets boring.

    Oddly, this is exactly my complaint regarding the new hockey rules. They were seemingly designed to make hockey more like basketball.

  11. bpdawg24 on March 13th, 2006 2:16 pm

    College basketball, specifically the dance, is just magic. It is invariably the single most exciting, momentum-driven, edge of your seat sporting season year in and year out. I can’t think about Duke-Carolina at Cameron without getting goosebumps. Along the same lines, I can’t even compare the pathetic NBA to college hoops. I can completely understand not caring for the NBA, but the NCAA?! Blasphemy.

  12. Matthew Carruth on March 13th, 2006 2:29 pm

    There should be a pool up for the actual greatest single sporting event, the World Cup.

  13. David J. Corcoran on March 13th, 2006 2:33 pm

    Go Buckeyes!

  14. Mat on March 13th, 2006 2:43 pm

    I’m thinking about writing a Monte Carlo simulation for the tournament this year. If it gets completed on time, I’m definitely jumping in the pool.

  15. MedicineHat on March 13th, 2006 3:02 pm

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  16. Joe C. in Buffalo on March 13th, 2006 3:06 pm

    So, I did one of those brackets that was a mix of what may happen, but mostly what I want to happen. I’m cheering for Gonzaga, but I just couldn’t get myself to have them win it all. Having them defeat Duke in the Final Four was as far as I could go. It’s all quite a stretch, actually.

  17. Goob on March 13th, 2006 3:12 pm

    I think my favorite ESPN fantasy league to date has been their Fantasy Fishing leagues.

    You can’t even make this stuff up.

  18. Evan on March 13th, 2006 3:18 pm

    Northern pike all the way, baby!

  19. davepaisley on March 13th, 2006 3:24 pm

    Shouldn’t that be

    NORTHERN PIKE Bayyyyyy-beeeeeee!!!!!!!


  20. Jar on March 13th, 2006 3:31 pm

    okay,m I filled out my bracket but how do I find your group, the group directory is blank no matter what I enter in the search feild.

  21. kcw2 on March 13th, 2006 3:34 pm

    Sorry, Churchill, but unless you lived in Kentucky you did not see Georgetown v. Villanova. You probably watched Georgetown v. Houston

  22. ray on March 13th, 2006 3:49 pm

    What? No WBC talk about Team Japan’s lose when Ichiro clearly showed his being upset. I think Japan was robbed, imho.

  23. Jonah Keri on March 13th, 2006 4:11 pm
  24. Churchill on March 13th, 2006 5:17 pm

    No, i just jumped the gun on the word Seattle.

    I saw Rumeal sink a pair on a ghost foul in 89… just got ahead of myself.

    Rice MVP, Higgins the frosh was a stud. What fun.

    Thanks, kcw2.

  25. Mr. Egaas on March 13th, 2006 11:24 pm

    I need to write about some experiences with former and current UW Basketball players. They are subtle, but they make me chuckle.

  26. zzyzx on March 14th, 2006 8:01 am

    I have so little knowledge about college basketball that I couldn’t even do this correctly. I accidentally created two entries; hopefully “Delete this please” will go away when espn’s program catches on that I didn’t actually, y’know, pick any teams.

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