That’s right, I done got me some Sweet Sixteen tickets. Two, to be precise, as a birthday gift from my incredibly generous family. I have never seen SU play an NCAA tournament game in person. This is going to be amazing, even though my nose will almost certainly be bleeding. You can expect some blurry cell phone photos of the distant action. But the atmosphere promises to be electric. And who knows, maybe I will be able to snag the lower-level stubs of some kind Miami or Marquette fan who has to leave after the first game.
The other thing that’s happening is our “Pick With Your Heart” bracket contest. The rules are:
- You must pick Syracuse to win (so you never have to root against them)
- You get bonus points if you pick against Georgetown
By the way, the last time we ran this contest, we also provided bonus points for picking against Georgetown — and they promptly lost in the first round to Ohio. So, I shall claim some small amount of karma credit for their defeat at the hands of FGCU.
Currently in the lead is “Slutz Superb Bracket” with 435 points, which includes a 50-point bonus for picking against the Hoyas in the first round. In second place is “Otis Hill Bracket” with 430 points, including the +50, and in third is “Bracketology In Moten” with 425. Moten picked the Hoyas to fall to SDSU in the second round, so he gets +30. If he’d gone the “full Esherick” he’d be in first place right now. This is what happens when you don’t hate Georgetown enough. Currently in last place is the “Vic Hanson Bracket of Excellence” who may or may not win the “best bracket name” award. (Also in the running: “Pope Jim Boeheim”.)
Prizes will be announced next week as the Final Four approaches.