Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Troll's Guide To Madness, Part 6


The West region is by far the most difficult to pick. I'd like to say I saved it for last on purpose, but it just worked out that way. There are three teams with a legitimate chance of escaping with a ticket to the Final Four: #1 UCLA, #2 Duke, and #3 Xavier. But we'll get into that later.

First, let's take a second and give a big round of applause to the 17-16 Georgia Bulldogs who won a mind-boggling four games in a row! to steal the SEC Conference Tournament Championship and secure an invite to the Big Dance. No, really. What they accomplished this past weekend was nothing short of amazing. That they did it under controversial and bizarre circumstances makes it even more so. That they did it at the end of a controversial and bizarre season makes it even more amazing still. The players, the coaches, the school, the fans all should be proud. But… let's not get carried away. Living in the south, I'm used to hearing the wild-eyed semi-coherent rants of drooling crazy persons who preach the Good News of the Gators or Dawgs. You get used to it, like the mosquitoes. But in the past 24 hours, the amount of sermonizing on how far the Dawgs will go this week reached Biblical proportions. "Dawgs'll go far, you'll see." "No tellin how far they'll go." "Dawgs are gonna go a long way, you just wait." At first I laughed at them. I should know better than that. They only double their efforts at converting you. But then I thought about it, I mean really thought about it, and honestly, I can no longer disagree. MapQuest reveals it is a full 593 miles from Athens, GA to Washington DC where the Bulldogs will lose to Xavier. That's 1,186 miles round trip. That's a long way by any standard. So enjoy the Big Dance you silly Dawgs you. You've earned it. And you'll have great seats for the Purdue-Xavier game.

First Round

I know everyone likes to throw Arizona under the bus and shit on their shoelaces, but I'm calling it. They will upset West Virginia in the first round, if for no other reason than to prove a mediocre Pac-10 team is still way better than a mediocre Big East team.

Second Round

Cinderella candidate Drake will fall to UConn and save anyone who's still paying attention after Sunday the trouble of saying, "Who's Drake? Who's this Drake team? Where are they from?"

Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight

Like I mentioned above, any one of the top three teams in this region has a shot at the Final Four. A bad call here, a missed free throw there, that may very well be the difference. The only thing making this pick easier is that one of these three teams is Duke. With Duke there are only two possibilities: either you hate Duke, or you're retarded. Even the Dukies can understand that. So it's Xavier over Duke (out of spite), UCLA over Xavier.

That's it. I've got a Part 7 wrap-up I'll post Wednesday, and I'll probably just tell you who's gonna win it all while I'm at it. But it's pretty obvious now, isn't it?


pjd said...

Your analysis should be on the front page of the Washington Post. This is good stuff. I don't know from hoops, but I know funny, and this be it, bro. Mapquest. Drake. Retarded. I am so glad you are no longer blogless.

Robin S. said...

Yeah, I agree with Pete. The no longer blogless thing is great!

And, even when I picked some teams (I'm picking right now( you don't agree with, I at least have a fighting chance of having some glimmer or clue about what the hell is going on.

(I still have to pick Duke- because I think they're the team that beat UK all the time in the playoffs, back when that was hard to do. The good old days.)

Wonderwood said...

Yeah, buddy, them Dawgs are going a loooonnnngggg way. Ha! It was a great run through the SEC tourney, but I'm afraid they used up all their magic. Oh well, I can still taunt the Gators, which is no small thing around here.

Thanks for all the tips, BT, you've got some swell methodology. However, I am the inventor of the SensiBud Paradigm (patent pending), a unique and foolproof method for predicting the outcome of any pending event, be it basketball, tiddly winks, or a duel between Clint Eastwood and Yul Brynner. I won't go into the intricate details, but it does involve a pipe.

Savor the week, as you've said. Go Dawgs!

ChristineEldin said...

I like flow charts. Is this a flow chart? Where are the decision points? I also like West. Montana, Colorado, anything with mountains. Is this madness? Why?

Ello said...

I did Xavier over Duke out of spite too! This is our closest match!