Sunday, March 11, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville---Fill Out Your Bracket Edition

Selection Sunday has given us the match-ups…and away we go. Attached is a blank bracket you can use to send me your picks by noon on Thursday…or you attach a scan of one the many “printable brackets” from ESPN, NCAA.com, CBS, Sporting news or your local paper. For our purposes, everyone gets a pass on the play-in games, and scoring starts at the 64.

I am looking forward to Thursday and beyond…except for the Chinese water torture that the CBS announcers subject me to.

The ESPN and Raycom announcers and analysts are so far superior to the dreck that CBS throws out.

In the studio, I do think that Greg Gumbel is an excellent ringmaster, surrounded by an articulate and well-prepared Seth Davis and an amusing Charles Barkley (to me, the Yogi Berra of basketball analysts). Greg Anthony is just terrible…and what’s with foolish ear rings…you’re a grown man, for goodness sakes. Kenny Smith is amateurish and it shows---but he is learning.

Clark Kellogg is the most repulsive analyst in college basketball (a real puker)…the Chris Berman of college hoops. Is there anyone doing play-by-play more boring, phony and tedious than Jim Nantz?

With so many games the first couple of days, a bunch will be called by crews from ESPN and Raycom. Really, can Clark Kellogg even hold the microphone for Jay Bilas, Coach Knight or Mike Gminski? That’s a rhetorical question.

Hubert Davis and Len Elmore are also excellent analysts on ESPN, even if they did play for UNC and Maryland respectively.

Louisville got their players healthy at the right time.

The conference Championship games were spectacular. Raise your hand if you bet the Vandy, FSU, Michigan Sate, Louisville, Colorado, St. Bonaventure pick-six.

There are 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 possible brackets. That's the number nine follow by eighteen zeros. That’s over 9.2 quintillion. If all the people on earth filled out one bracket per second, it would take over 43 years to fill out every possible bracket.

Early big stumpers for me: Indiana/New Mexico State, Xavier/Notre Dame, Memphis/St. Louis, Wisconsin/Montana, Cinci/Texas, Temple/Cal, SDSU/NCSU, Georgetown/Belmont.

One more thing: I already miss Billy Packer.

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