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The Audacity!
I know people fill it out tons of brackets. But I think that's cheating. You should only get one chance. This year, to make things interesting, I used my sole attempt at prognostication to go out on a limb a bit, prioritizing interesting upsets as well as showing a little Pac-10 pride after our President saw fit to denigrate the conference in assessing the tournament:

In Obama's defense, I should make it clear that his dim view of UCLA & Co. probably amounts to fraternal trash-talking, despite his protestations to the contrary, since in dissing the Pac-10 so hard he also gets to rib his brother-in-law Craig Robinson, the first-year coach at Oregon State. Sure, the President says that he's trying to bolster the Beavers chances next year. If you stop to think about it, though, what he's really conveying is that their big wins this year -- most notably against my Cal Bears, twice -- didn't amount to much. Cleverly done, as one would expect of such a savvy politician. Obama's bracket is much safer than mine, certainly:

I doubt that many people have Florida State in the Final Four. And Gonzaga, once a trendy pick to go deep into tournaments, is now trying to overcome a legacy of premature exits. Missouri is also a stretch, but I feel like they have the potential to cope with Memphis, unlike some teams that are clearly better on paper. It's all about match-ups, baby:

If history is any guide, my bracket will be totally messed up by Saturday morning. But that's part of the fun, too. Since I don't gamble, my predictions are solely for fun. And what's more fun than being surprised? Unless your the leader of the Free World assigned the daunting task of cleaning the shit out of the previous Administration's stables, that is. The odds of being pleasantly surprised in that capacity are slim indeed.

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wanderius_thrax From: wanderius_thrax Date: March 19th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i haven't watched a single college basketball game all season.
but i did a bracket this morning, for the first time ever!
each of my picks are trailing in the 3 games going on so far...

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 20th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The bracket-picking can be fun, even if you're not a big fan. Still, I do want to make a pitch for college basketball, which I think is more entertaining than most sports.
pissang From: pissang Date: March 20th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Your bracket wouldn't look like that if you had skin in the game. But your bracket is fun. Nice calls on Michigan and the Hilltoppers (if their lead holds up). Can't say I'm sorry about Cal.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 20th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wouldn't expect you to say you were sorry about Cal! It's they who should be sorry, since they played badly. There's always next year, though, when all of our leading players should be back and our post presence, compromised by injury and inexperience, should be considerably stronger. Enough with the pep talk. I actually did pretty well, considering that I wasn't going with the most analytical system for making my picks. We'll see about today.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 20th, 2009 04:31 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
With 23 seconds up and up by 3 I say Go Hilltoppers! (Because with the Cats out and the SEC sucking it up you have to reach a little deeper into the old bag o' tricks. --jdm
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 20th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hey, they beat Louisville, too! Glad you're reading, JDM.
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