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    Howdy. This is Bob. The Bob of Bob Blog. This blog contains about five minutes of my thoughts each day. A record. A history. And occasionally worth reading.

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    Thursday, March 26, 2009  
    Brackets 2009
    I entered a basketball pool at work. After the first couple of rounds I was doing pretty good and was in the top 25%. Today, 2 or 4. Duke was trounced by Villanova. And I had duke winning another game this weekend. And another #2 seed, Memphis, was taken out by Missouri. I thought Memphis would also get to the final 4.

    So unless others have similar disasters tomorrow and I am smarter than everyone else, so much for getting my $5 back. Actually, it may be so much for being in the top 50%.

    Given that I haven't watch ANY college basketball this year I can't say that's too bad. I should have listened to the Duke skeptics (Duke haters to the faithful) and I'd be more comfortable with my picks up til now.

    In other sporting news, SDSU is still alive in the NIT tournament. They'll be playing in the semifinals tomorrow. Go Aztecs.

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    Sunday, April 01, 2007  
    Sports: Semifinals
    One of two picks correct for the semifinals. I'm done though -- nothing left to get correct. I'm out with 1060 points and 74,455 of 314,209 place (and only to drop).

    UCLA wasn't even competitive with Florida. Life goes on.

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    Sunday, March 25, 2007  
    Sports: Day 8
    Oregon lost. And TiVo decided I wanted to watch something else instead of the last 5 minutes of the game. Seeing the score was all I really needed. My hope of placing high in any bracket contest is over. Still at 900 of 1280 points but fell to 67,172th overall at FoxSports. 20%. So much for being in the top 3%.

    Expect the place to fall even more next weekend after the Final Four.

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    Saturday, March 24, 2007  
    Sports: Day 7
    UCLA and Ohio State won today. 2 for 2! Points: 900 of 1120. Global Rank: 9,061 of 314,000 (top 3%). Tomorrow I will drop though as I can only win 1 of the 2 games. Go DUCKS! About 21% in the top 100 have Oregon. So I suspect that I'll still be at 900 after tomorrow.

    If I'd gone for the #1 or #2 seed to win in the East... actually, looking at the bracket, I have the #1 losing to the #3 in the round of 8 and the #3 beating #2 in the round of 16 so there wasn't a lot I could have done. My #3 (Washington State) just didn't win. And a normal year has someone other than a #1 going to the final four.

    Record of seeds in Final Four. 1993 was the last year it was #1s and #2s in the Final. But with Oregon (#3) being picked to win, I perhaps could have let another #1 into the finals. Bah! And if I had, it would have been upset city.

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    Sports: Day 6
    2 of 4 yesterday. UNC almost lost to USC, which would have helped Sophia at work. Florida was down by 20 and still came back to win. So I'm at 740 of 960 points and now ranked 31,711 of 314,209.

    I need UCLA and Ohio State to win their games today. But neither of those victories will be that unusual to advance me too far. And then tomorrow I need Oregon to win, which may actually help. And next week I have Oregon and Ohio State winning to meet in the finals. Go DUCKS!

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    Friday, March 23, 2007  
    Sports: Day 5
    Bracket watch... 4 of 4! Woot! And that pushes me up to 4,218th (top 1.4%) in the FoxSports Challenge with 660 of 800 points. UCLA, Kansas, Ohio St, and Memphis all won.

    Today the best I can expect is to be 2 of 4. I had Maryland and Washington State winning. And I might lose my champion Oregon to UNLV. So I will very likely drop. I am hoping for a Florida upset by #5 Butler (to help knockout lots of other folks.)

    In Sophia's bracket at work, I have #5 USC winning or UNC. She's suggested I focus on that bracket because there is money involved. Both have Oregon winning. Go DUCKS!

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    Sunday, March 18, 2007  
    Sports: Day 4
    6 of 8 is pretty good. One of the wrong picks was the result of Arizona losing in the first round. Then Virginia lost to Tennessee in a close game.

    Picking #7 UNLV looks genious. Go Mountain West! The rest were obvious or coin flips.

    I'm currently at 500/640 points with a potential maximum of 1620. That is in the top 5% at FoxSports (14,000 of 314,000)

    Looking forward to next week: I can only correctly pick 6 of 8 in the Sweet 16 and 3 of 4 going to the Final Four. That's theory. Should be some great basketball.

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    Saturday, March 17, 2007  
    Sports: Day 3
    This is the start of the interesting round. Monkeys pick 4 of 8. I picked 6 of 8. Maryland lost; and that makes one final eight out. Washington St lost; and that makes one final four out. A huge risk on Washington State that problaby shouldn't have been taken. No time to worry. Maryland ( a #4 ) lost to a #5. Coin flip. But the Washington St team should have kept going given their #3 seed.

    Pitt and UCLA advanced as expected in the West. UNC, Texas A&M, Ohio St, and Georgetown all won.

    I have 380 points of 480 with a potential total of 1640. On Foxsports, I'm #39,495 of 300,000. Not quite top 10%.

    I should be good if tomorrow is another 6 of 8. I had Florida (#1) losing. I have #2 Wisconsin losing to UNLV. And USC (#5) upsetting Texas (#4). So 4 of 8 is possible.

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    Sports: Day 2
    So what did day 2 bring...

    Arizona lost to Purdue; I think the theory goes that Arizona always loses in the first round. And I had them winning 2. Villanova lost to Kentucky; so much for the folks that thought Kentucky was overrated. Amd the rest of the 14 games were winners? Woot

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    Thursday, March 15, 2007  
    Sports: Day1
    Every year, everyone thinks they will pick the champion. 64 teams. Maybe 16 legitimate contenders (seeds 1-4 x4). So only 16 of 32 games in the first round up for a cointoss. But the bracket isn't always so generous. And the second round gets even crazier.

    16 games played and Sophia no longer has her champion and one other final four pick is out. She has in fact almost lost half to possible points. Granted, everyone on the teams that lost feel like they should have won. So hopefully she will feel less bad because she didn't spend the last year dreaming of a chance at the championship.

    My bracket is hanging together. Four incorrect guesses. But none of the losers were supposed to advance beyond the next round. 1880/1920 potential points left. I have no doubt that my time will come for the bracket to collapse though. See the first paragraph -- flipping a coin I should have been able to do just as well today. It wasn't like I had a genious strategy.

    So here is my summary: Duke lost to VCU; I can't even say I know who VCU is. But given the way Duke played all year, they were a potentially for upset. I picked Gonzaga over Indiana incorrectly. Not an upset by seeds. BYU lost to Xavier by 2 points; I picked them because they are in the Mountain West -- like San Diego State. But BYU was an 8 seed, so losing to a #9 isn't something out of the ordinary. And I incorrectly picked Texas Tech to beat Boston College because I thought Bobby Knight would manage a victory.

    Go Oregon! Go UCLA!

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