March Madness…

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Beyond the Malaysian mystery, bracketology is the word on millions of lips. I shall provide some Happy Hour fodder. Drop the fact that Florida, Virginia, Wichita State and Arizona are the #1 seeds and see if you don’t earn a free round of drinks.

Toss in the question, “Are the Wichita State Shockers for real?” They shocked the country, going undefeated for the first time since 1991 when UNLV Runnin’ Rebels won every regular season game. Wichita State is the very first team to go 30-0.

Doug McDermott
Doug McDermott

You’ll score with the name, Doug McDermott. He is the top scorer in the country this year. He is a senior at Creighton who has scored 3,000 points during his collegiate career and the 3,oooth came on a 26-foot, three-pointer. His father, Greg McDermott, is the basketball coach at Creighton…quite a dynamic duo.

Jabari Parker, the freshman sensation from Duke, will also earn you brownie points and the controversial Marcus Smart, guard from Oklahoma State, will be a conversation starter.

Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart

Not to be a sexist, but this blog could help you meet a nice guy or impress your boss, husband or significant other ¬†during March Madness…who can resist a little madness.

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The President is all in. He revealed his Barack-etology yesterday and has picked Michigan State to go all the way…this is not a big stretch since many are getting behind the Spartans. The team is finally healthy and playing well.

By now you’ve probably heard of Warren Buffett’s nearly impossible March Madness prize. Anyone who can perfectly predict the winner of all 63 March Madness games will win $1 billion courtesy of Buffett and Quicken Loans.

No one has ever done it before and, unfortunately, the odds are definitely not in your favor, with a 1 in 9 quintillion chance in winning. If you want to give it a shot, head to www.quickenloansbracket.com.

You’ll be taken to Yahoo Sports to fill out your bracket. It’s free, but only the first 15 million to enter have a shot at the prize, which likely no one will get. The 20 people with the most accurate brackets will get a check for $100,000. You can only enter once and the cutoff is today at 1 a.m. ET.

Tyler Ennis and CJ Fair
Tyler Ennis and CJ Fair

I cannot fill out an objective bracket because my heart belongs to the Syracuse Orange who spent 3 weeks as the #1 team in the country.The last few weeks have not been kind to the Orange…they forgot how to put the basketball in the basket.

Today, I will be sweating out their first round game against Western Michigan Broncos (#14), the Mid-America division winners. I really thought that C.J. Fair and freshman Tyler Ennis would be part of this year’s name game. They have real missed forward Jerami Grant’s rebounding and scoring. He has been out with a bad back.

Jerami Grant
Jerami Grant

With a heavy heart I will predict that Louisville, Michigan State, Florida, Arizona and possibly Kansas will go deep into the tourney…don’t count out Mercer, Oregon, UCLA or North Carolina State with star TJ Warren as this year’s possible Cinderella teams. It’s all a crap shoot.

Today, I am psyched for the (#12) Harvard-(#5) Cincinnati match up. #5’s against #12’s have historically been exciting games. It’s all a numbers game when you get to the Big Dance.

If you have never watched college basketball, take a peek. It is a great example of teamwork, defense which you rarely see in the NBA and pure unadulterated passion and enthusiasm. Apply what you see to your marriage, job and life. You will definitely score big time.

Now let’s go Mad.

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