Monday, March 17, 2008

March Bracketness?

So the best three weeks of college sports / illegal gambling are about to descend upon us, and I just have one question: is someone running the Boalt pool this year? Cause I ain't heard nothin'.

Now, I know it will be hard to imitate the inimitable MW, who has run the pool in years past but is now here only in spirit and through the occasional North Oakland house party. But I hope someone steps up to the plate. In fact, if someone is willing to run the logistics and the math, I'd be happy to send out the sardonic round-by-round update emails (and offer full abuse of my journal's copier too.) Yeah, that's not the fairest division of labor, but I'm up for it -- and I'd hate to see the Boalt pool go the way of the Boalt Briefs.

In the meantime, in case anyone feels a need to argue with someone other than a televised Billy Packer (he couldn't hear you in real life either!), I offer the following questions to whet your whistle:

1. Is Memphis the most overrated 1 seed since...Memphis in 2006?
2. The Pac-10 officiating crew will be locked in the broom closet of the Staples Center for the duration of the tournament, right? Cause finding three homeless bums from under the 110/101 interchange and giving them whistles would be a more preferable option than allowing these clowns to blow another game.
3. Stanford's Mitch Johnson: Worst point guard in the Pac-10 -- or all of college basketball?
4. Are you honestly going to listen to the selection committee and take Wisconsin over SC in the second round?
5. If Duke and UNC both lose before the Sweet Sixteen, will Dick Vitale's head explode?
6. Come on, Kansas plays one (admittedly) awesome game on national TV, and suddenly they're everyone's favorite?
7. If that guy with the pony-tail from Washington State hits one more goddamn clutch three...
8. Excuse me, but who did Xavier play again?
9. You'll get no pity from me Arizona State!
10. How many minutes can a normal human endure a UCLA fan hyperventilating about how "Wooden is great!" and "Howland is great!" and "The yellow C means we're the first to get to a 100 championships!" before you have to beat yourself unconscious with your own flip-flop?

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Blogger Boris said...

3. Mitch Johnson is not the worst point-gaurd in the Pac-10, as that honor has been earned by our own Jerome Randle. Just don't say anything bad about Knezevic.

3/17/2008 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone who is more skilled at these things than me should set up a group on yahoo/

3/17/2008 9:23 AM  
Blogger McWho said...

ASU will beat you all year.

3/17/2008 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10. Are you beating yourself over the head because UCLA was the first to 100, or because Stanford came in second?

3/17/2008 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Expresso said...

If you're a fan of 1) Cal sports and 2) schadenfreude, I highly recommend watching Stanford play. Biggest chokers since Luca Brasi.

3/17/2008 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aren't we law students? isn't this overextending us a little?

3/17/2008 3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's a free bracket competition on facebook under the group name "berkeley law"

3/17/2008 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone know who's running a, er, non-free competition?

3/17/2008 6:00 PM  
Blogger Earl Warren said...

Kind of looks like we're out of luck 6:00 PM. I still haven't heard anything. What a sad, sad day. Especially for those of us who value Boalt for things other than an education.

3/17/2008 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I were going to run an illegal betting pool on the NCAA tournament, I sure as hell would not post the details here. Maybe it's best to try asking around...

3/17/2008 6:23 PM  
Blogger Boris said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that a betting pool was legal so long as the person conducting the pool did not take a percentage of the bets (a rake).

The firm I worked at this summer even had a march madness pool for cash. The damn managing partner won, however.

3/17/2008 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Cardinal Fan said...

Mitch Johnson just had 9 points, 16 assists and 1 turnover in win against Marquette.

Clearly not the worst.

3/22/2008 6:25 PM  
Blogger Earl Warren said...

Yeah, and with 30s left in the game and Stanford trailing he...threw the ball out of bounds. And Brook Lopez's falling-down shot to win in OT was so incredibly tough b/c Johnson's pass into him was so off-mark he caught it 3 inches from the baseline. He's a bum. And I speak out of love.

3/23/2008 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Cardinal Fan said...

Give him a break....he played 44 minutes, the longest of any player on the court.

Also was the team leader and kept everyone together after Coach Johnson's....departure and got people going when we were down 11 and it looked like the season was over.

3/24/2008 12:50 AM  

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