2012 NCAA Tourney Picks… Family Style

Well, it’s one of my favorite times of the year… March Madness. I’m on a 20+ year streak of sitting on my couch for the Thursday Tourney Tip-off. If you are a past high-school or college teacher…. I’m sorry, I wasn’t sick. If you are a past boss…. I’m sorry, I wasn’t sick…… However, if you are my current boss…. I am home sick with a terrible stomach bug. You don’t want to catch this. 😉 Just kidding… I’ve actually taken the day off and am enjoying the action.

So this is the first year I’ve included my boys in the fun of filling out brackets. I took the time to explain the four regions, and how they are like four mini-tournaments. We talked about how all won-loss records aren’t equal, as some teams play in easier conferences. And we talked about each teams seed, and how normally the higher seed wins. You would think with that “crash course” in bracketology the boys would have filled in their brackets in a logical way. Nope…  🙂 Here is what the they went with.

Zachary (1st grader)

Elite Eight:

Kentucky vs Baylor, Michigan St vs Murray St

Syracuse vs Florida St, Michigan vs Purdue

Final Four:

Kentucky vs Murray St and Syracuse vs Purdue

Final:

Kentucky beating Purdue

Noah (3rd grader)

Elite Eight:

Kentucky vs Baylor, Louisville vs Missouri

Vanderbilt vs Ohio St, North Carolina vs Georgetown

Final Four:

Kentucky vs Missouri and Ohio State vs North Carolina

Final:

Ohio State beating Kentucky

And for my picks I’ll start with the final 16….

Sweet 16:

Kentucky vs UI, Baylor vs Duke

Michigan St vs Louisville, Marquette vs Missouri

Syracuse vs Vanderbilt, Florida St vs Ohio St

North Carolina vs Michigan, Georgetown vs Kansas

Elite Eight:

Kentucky vs Baylor, Louisville vs Missouri

Vanderbilt vs Ohio St, North Carolina vs Kansas

Final Four:

Kentucky vs Missouri and Ohio St vs North Carolina

Final:

Kentucky beating UNC

Of the three of us, who do you think made the best picks?

2011 Fantasy Football Team…

We just had our 2011 Fantasy Football Draft Party.  Dang good time!  Been playing with the same 12 guys for six years now.  Best I’ve done is come in second place.  I think this year I have a legitimate chance to WIN IT ALL!

My draft preparation was focused on the great insight published by ESPN Fantasy Football guru, Matthew Berry. Specifically, I took notes from his Draft Day Manifesto.  Anyhow, the steal of the draft was me sprinting up to our board and grabbing Michael Vick with the 9th pick.  I have no idea how he fell that far but I’m not complaining!  Then, my double whammy, was me stealing Antonio Gates in the end of our 4th round!  If you think I’m crazy, go read the stats in the DDM linked to above.

Here are the rest of my genius picks:

Rd 1 – QB – Michael Vick

Rd 2 – WR – Roddy White

Rd 3 – RB – Frank Gore

Rd 4 – TE – Antonio Gates

Rd 5 – RB – Knowshon Moreno

Rd 6 – WR – Santana Moss

Rd 7 – RB – Pierre Thomas

Rd 8 – WR – Johnny Knox

Rd 9 – WR – Mike Thomas

Rd 10 – RB – Daniel Thomas

Rd 11 – K – John Kasay

Rd 12 – DEF – Atlanta Falcons

Miscellaneous observations…  I grabbed 4 guys with 4 letter last names…  I grabbed 3 guys with the last name of Thomas…  Clearly, if my job as a Technology Consultant goes south, I should be able to land a job in the NFL as a GM.

Here is the draft board to back this up:

2011 Fantasy Football Draft Board

Look for a celebratory / told-you-so blog post at the end of the season when I will the Fantasy Bowl!

The CUBS are the BEST team in baseball..

It feels so good to say it.  I talk about it every day at work with a co-worker who is an Astros fan.  The CUBS are the BEST team in baseball!  I’m not talking the NL Central, I’m not even talking the NL….  I’m talking all of the MLB, baby!

I definitely feel back-to-back post-season baseball coming.  And, yes, it’s only June 3rd, but I feel it…

Look out for the Chicago Cubs…

I say look out for the Chicago Cubs!  They’re good….  they’re real good.  They’re good enough they’re going back to the playoffs again this year.  And this year they aren’t getting booted-out in the first round.

The Cubs have the best starting pitching in the NL.  The Cubs have the best middle relief in the NL.  And the Cubs might just have the best closer in the NL.

What about the Cubs offense?  Take a look at the stats…  their offense is better then their pitching.  From top to bottom the whole lineup can hit the ball.  And they have a bench this year that can hit, too.

The Cubs win today was their 5th in a row. They are a half game out of first place.

It’s gonna be a good summer…

GO CUBS!

WHOOP!!!

The Aggies own the Longhorns in College Station! Our seniors NEVER lost to them at home. How sweet is that? Yup, with tonight’s throttling the Aggies put on the longhorns, it marks 4 years in a row we’ve beat them at home. I bet Jones and Kirk were thinking about it before the game, and I’m sure they’re letting everyone know, now, that they never lost to the t-sips at home. Congrats guys…

This win helps erase that dang 5 OT loss to the Bears last week.