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How to pick a Winning NCAA Tournament Bracket 2012 Edition

It is the ultimate activity for bragging rights: the NCAA Tourney.  Whether you are male or female, young or old, spend hours picking your brackets or chose your teams by who would win a fight between the mascots, anyone can fill out a bracket and have a chance to win.  In fact, a few years ago the winner who predicted George Mason to go to the Final Four did so because he thought they were George Washington.  So, here are 21 little tidbits of info for your bracket picking pleasure.

1. Don’t trust Dick Vitale or Bob Knight for that matter.  They get paid to talk, not think.

2. Vegas knows more than you do. What 5-12 game has the lowest spread? Is there an 8-9 match that has a larger spread? Listen to them. There is a reason their lights are so bright, and their buildings so big.

3. Only once have all four number 1 seeds made the Final Four. Don’t put all four no. 1 seeds in the Final Four.  It will not happen this year.

4. A 16 has never beaten a 1.  There is a reason they are a 16 seed.

5. A 15 rarely beats a 2.  Don’t pick this unless you feel lucky or your alma-mater is playing.

6. A 14 or a 13 beats a 3 or a 4 seed practically ever year.  Take a shot with one of these, because if you get it right you are a genius or at least you can claim to be.

7. A 12 will beat a 5, maybe 2 of them.  Pick one maybe two and feel good about your chances.

8. I hate the 6-11 game, because 6 seeds can made a deep run, they have enough talent, but they are inconsistent or else they would be a higher seed.  At least one 6 seed will made it to the Sweet Sixteen.  At least one 6 seed will lose in the opening round.  Good luck.

9. Both the 7-10 games and the 8-9 games are toss ups.  Never refer to a 9 beating an 8 an upset.  It isn’t an upset.  They are the same caliber of team.  The only people who call them an upsets are “experts” who are too chicken to pick an actual upset.  A 10 over a 7 just barely qualifies for an upset, you cannot brag about your 10 seed beating a 7 seed as your upset special.

10. At least one 1 seed will not made it to the Elite Eight, yet all the reporters will be shocked when this happens, you should not be.

11. At least one 2 seed will not make it to the Sweet Sixteen, yet again all the reporters will be shocked when this happens, you should not be.

12. In looking for an upset, never pick a lower seeded team that plays the same style as a higher seeded team.  What makes us think that a  full court press fast break team with marginal athletes beat one with stellar athletes.

13. Teams that play defense tend to win more games.   Especially look for defensive-minded teams playing not-so-defensive-minded teams.  It’s pretty simple but we forget about this.

14. Guard play wins in the tourney.  It is not that post players are not important, just that guards are more important.

15. If you pick a team to go to the Final Four, they need to have at least one player who will go to the NBA.

16. At least 3 of the Final Four teams will be top 3 seeds in their regions, and a top 3 seed will win the National Championship.

17. Find yourself a Cinderella and dance with her to the Sweet 16, take a 10 seed or a 12 seed to win their first 2 games, it makes the tourney more fun.  There seem to be two or three double digit seeds that make it to the Sweet 16 every year.

18. Location, location, location.  Is there a team that is playing 30 miles from home against a team that is playing 3000 miles from home.  Advantage closer team.  Especially pay attention to lower seeds that are significantly closer than their opponents.

19. Experience matters.  Looking for an upset special?  Try going with a team that has been to the Big Dance recently or has an experienced ball club.

20. Balance your head and your heart in choosing winners.   However, you know more about the teams you watch, use that knowledge, and you will also enjoy watching the game more if you pick your favorite team to win.

21. Pick a whole bracket on what you hope to have happen that way if everything works out, you can brag about your great bracket.

22. Don’t let your bracket ruin March Madness for you.  If your bracket is busted, get over it.  It doesn’t mean you are dumb, it means that March Madness is well, madness.

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The Real Losers of the NFL Lockout

Well it’s official.  In a battle between millionaires and billionaires, the real losers are thousandaires.  I’m not talking about the causal fan though if any games are missed, Sunday afternoons will certainly be different.  I’m talking about the thousands of employees who have lost or will lose their jobs because, once again, the only real winner in this fight is greed. Continue reading

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3rd Annual Fantasy Football Running Blog

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Fantasy Football Running blog for the Central States Football Association or as I like to call it the “Friends of Keith Cooper Fantasy League.”  Last year, my team the Fuzzy Bears won the championship, so what do I do, but uproot my team from Kentucky to Oklahoma and change the names to the Trinity Tigers.

Growing up I would play Madden year after year, and needless to say I led the 49ers to a few championships in my time.  I remember all the hours that I would spend getting my team ready for the Super Bowl, and after winning the Super Bowl they would have a brief celebration on screen and that was it.   All those hours for a few seconds of reward, and you couldn’t talk to anybody and brag about it, because nobody cared.  Winning a Fantasy Football Championship is just a little bit better.  Basically the other people in the league care a little bit, but only because they want you to care when they win.  So, what do you do with all this excitement and joy that you have from winning?  My suggestion is that every community should have a designated celebration place, so that champions from all over town can go and celebrate together and talk about how your plan of picking up “whatever defense was playing the Rams” led to your victory.

Nevertheless onto the Running Blog.  I am blogging live from my house.  Micah is asleep.  My wife is reading, and we are watching 24 season 3.  So, spoiler alert. Continue reading

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2009 Fantasy Football Running Blog

Welcome to the 2nd annual running draft blog for the Central States Football Association or as I like to call it the “Friends of Keith Cooper League.”  (Read the first one here.)  It is a ten-team keeper league, where we keep any four players for as long as we would like.

This draft has a little drama for me.  I am working at Saul Good tonight, and though I have talked to my bosses and communicated the critical nature of this fantasy football draft, if we get busy then I will have to be on auto-draft and hope I get some good players.  Let the running blog begin. Continue reading

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How to Pick a Winning NCAA Tournament Bracket: 2009 Edition


It is the ultimate activity for bragging rights: the NCAA Tourney.  Whether you are male or female, young or old, spend hours picking your brackets or chose your teams by who would win a fight between the mascots, anyone can fill out a bracket and have a chance to win.  In fact, a couple of years ago the winner who predicted George Mason to go to the Final Four did so because he thought they were George Washington.  So, here are 21 little tidbits of info for your bracket picking pleasure.   

1. Don’t trust Dick Vitale or Bob Knight for that matter.  They get paid to talk, not think.

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Singletary and Warner: An Imaginary Conversation

This is a purely imaginary and satirical conversation between Mike Singletary and Kurt and Brenda Warner.  In no way, do I think that this actually happens, nor how either men actually believe and live out their faith.  In fact, I know these are people who are solidly grounded on the Solid Rock that is Jesus Christ.  As one who is at Seminary and preparing to be a pastor, please allow me the privilege to have fun with our faith.  Enjoy.

Mike: Kurt and Brenda, welcome and shalom to 4949 Centennial Blvd.  We are thankful that you came out to San Francisco and visited us today.  Before we begin, let us pray.  Lord, We know that you have not brought us together today by accident.  We know this was a part of your plan.  We thank you, Lord, for having Matt Leinart be more concerned with his partying than his passing, Continue reading

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Two Sports Questions

I enjoy hypothetical questions, and I hope you do too.  I have two questions for you today.  1.  If you were recommending a sports franchise for someone to root for, who would it be and why?  This is not an opportunity to talk about how much you love your favorite team, but what team do you think would be most rewarding to be a fan of.  I’m a Cubs fan, but I don’t recommend it.  It’s too painful.  2. What athlete would be the best athlete at another sport?  If you have seen Lebron’s new commercial about playing for the Browns, then this is asking that sort of question.  My answers after the jump. Continue reading

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