Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Wait, it’s a… pig?
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Pigs are flying high today because avid SportsChump reader, former fellow podcaster and overall stand-up guy, J-Dub has FINALLY won one of my contests. What is it they say about broken clocks being right twice a day?
Dub edged us all out by garnering 27 points in this second round of college hoopsanity. Picking the ninth-seeded Wichita State Shockers to reach the Final Four pushed him over the top, beating yours truly by the narrowest of margins. As promised, he’ll be taking home Bobby Knight’s latest work The Power of Negative Thinking which I’m sure is a great read but probably nowhere near as good as the book Dub will write one day.
We now move on the Final Four portion of our pick ‘em contest and your last chance to win some bed-side reading with Bobby.
This round will go as follows.
With only four teams remaining, you must submit the winners of all three games: Michigan vs. Syracuse, Wichita State vs. Louisville and finally, the championship game. I also need your prediction for how many points each of those teams will win by.
For example, a typical entry will look like this:
Louisville over Wichita State by 9
Syracuse over Michigan by 4
Louisville over Syracuse by 7
Here’s how this round will be scored so please pay close attention.
You will receive fifteen points for each of the first two games picked correctly, HOWEVER, one point will be subtracted for each point you miss the projected margin of victory by. For example, if you pick Louisville to beat Wichita State by nine and they end up winning by 17, you will receive fifteen points for picking the game correctly but lose eight points by missing the margin of victory by eight, hence seven [15 minus 8] total points for that game. If you pick Louisville to win by nine and Wichita State wins by three, you will win -12 [0 minus 12] points for that game.
You will receive twenty points for correctly picking the winner of the championship game with points once again subtracted for wrong scores. The highest combined total points after the three games will win the final copy of Bobby Knight and bragging rights for the year. Win the game with over 40 points and I might even throw in a t-shirt.
Break out those crystal balls one last time, readers. Good luck and may the best guess win.
One of us really knows a lot about college hoops. He won it last year, so this year I changed the format, you know, to kind of Tiger-proof the course. It didn’t matter. He still won. Talk about versatility.
That’s right, readers. Heavy D once again reigns supreme as our resident college basketball guru, amassing 24 points and edging out yours truly.
Thanks to all of those who participated in this year’s revised contest. As always, feedback is welcome.
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Louisville over Wichita State by 14
Syracuse over Michigan by 1
Louisville over Syracuse by 3
The early bird catches the worm.
Nossaman is in.
The Final Four , all set . Now comes the drama , heartache , thrills and spills .
Is there a booby prize? (big grin… And that’s what I was after all along…)
Louisville over Wichita St. by 21
Michigan over Syracuse by 6
Louisville over Michigan by 11
Isn’t that what we’re all after?
You’re in and not giving Wichita State much of a chance, are you?
The Ville over Wichita St. by 8
Michigan over The Cuse by 6
The Ville over Michigan by 7
The D is in, giving us three entries and three people who like Louisville to win it all.
Is it that much of a foregone conclusion?
Is anyone willing to take Louisville and give me the field?
Wichita St. over Louisville by 3.
Michigan over Syracuse by 8.
Wichita St. over Michigan by 5.
This is the year of the Shocker, and I mean that in a sexual way.
I like the flying pigs.
Whats amatter w/yr readers SC… no one gives the brilliant blogger some cred for those wacky flying pigs??
Always so creative. And a shout-out to J-Dub for amazing picks. Might be time to go to Vegas Sir?
LV over W. St. by 10
Cuse over Michigan by 2
LV over Cuse by 5
Snake letting us into his bedroom with that Shocker comment (which I don’t think I got) and picking Wichita State as the first Missouri Valley Conference school since Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores to reach the championship game, which is somewhat ironic considering Snake also has a Larry Bird blow-up doll in his bedroom.
I don’t think Dub is allowed back into Vegas.
since i already bet UoL on the moneyline versus WSU. Here we go
Louisville by 5 over WSU
Mich by 11 over Syra
Mich by 5 over UofL
Chris, I needa CC neat, water back and put it on Alan’s tab. Ok Tophat? LOL
Also nice of Bleed to stop by and submit his picks considering his Lakers are now looking on the outside of the playoffs looking in.
You get some pretty good wi-fi reception from that ledge, bro.
You took Louisville at -650? I don’t think I’ve ever bet that heavy of a money line favorite in my life but I wish it to ya’.
I’d much rather take Wichita State at +500 and hope for a close game, never mind the upset.
And one Canadian Club coming right up. Here’s hoping you don’t need it.
It’s funny. I used to have an old buddy that would swear if you just drank CC and soda, you’d never get a hangover. I told him if you drank 12 of anything, which I’ve been prone to do, you’re gonna wake up with a headache regardless.
While what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, the officials in Vegas do keep records, and that fact makes my return to Vegas problematic.
Having said that, here’s the next round…
Louisville over Wichita State by 14
Michigan over Syracuse by 10
Michigan over Louisville by 3
I have seen a pig fly. It happened on September 9, 2012. Orville the pig actually flew.
Louisville over Wichita St. by 13
Syracuse over Michigan by 6
Syracuse over Louisville by 2
That’s Dub-Speak for “they have a warrant out for his arrest.”
Don’t forget to send me your snail mail address. I promise not to share it with the tons of adoring women that read my site and b) does the fact that Michigan’s team is comprised of primarily freshmen and sophomores concern you at all?
I mean, it clearly didn’t matter against my boys in orange and blue but on a bigger stage against a Pitino or a Boeheim, don’t you think those guys can exploit inexperience?
Beag is in and the first person to choose Syracuse to win the national championship.
And suddenly I’m in the mood for bacon.
Many thanks to J Dub for this vital information.
From the Urban Dictionary…
The definition of SHOCKER:
The act of inserting 2 fingers into the vaginal opening (normally the index and middle fingers), and 1 into the anus (normally the “pinky” finger). This is usually performed when she is laying back, in the “deep thrust” position. Commonly described a numerous number of ways, e.g. 2 in the pink, 1 in the stink; two in the grass one in the ass; two in the slut one in the butt; two in the koot, one in the boot; goin to town with one in the brown; and many more. This method of sexual gratification is one sought out by people of all levels.
#818 – .Louisville ML (-600) xxxx xxx
Quick casino beverage story. I’m sure u can appreciate this.
Was playing for a huge Video poker progressive(almost 3x normal RFlush). Cute rookie cocktail waitress comes around offering drinks. “Yes young lady, I’ll have a CC straight nothing back.” Moments later, she comes bouncing back with a cup of coffee and cream. Trying to be tolerant, I took the coffee and explained precisely what I really wanted. “Sorry sir, I’ll be right back.” True to her word she rushed back with a shot of CC on the rocks. I give up! Toked her and drank the coffee.
Wichita St is taken down by Louisville by 7
Syracuse drops Michigan St by 5
Louisville is good but their fans are blinded by an arrogant attitude. Ill show you what you will get for treating a great Wichita State team as no good. They will embarrass Louisville fans to no end. Don’t say that i di9dn’t warn you. This will be another Dewey vs Truman.
Louisville over Wichita State by 9
Syracuse over Michigan by 4
Louisville over Syracuse by 7
Did I copy that from the sample entry above? Yes. Looks as much like a winner as any I could come up with. I think it may be a sign…
Something along the lines of the movie, “Jeff, Who Lives At Home.”
Chump…You’re enjoying this trying Lakers season huh? I understand man. Twice jilted by the best big men in the game bolting Orlando for greener pastures in LA’ll do that. Shaq’s jersey retirement just cemented why lightning struck twice. Don’t be surprised if we squeak into the playoffs and shock the world…And not necessarily by Snakes definition.
A little off topic, but this is why I love Mark Cuban. This is the best sports headline this year:
“Mark Cuban says he is willing to draft Brittney Griner”
We’ll start with the sublime and then move on to the ridiculous . Oh sorry we’re talking baseball , so it remains ridiculous
Mark Cuban suggested that he’d Draft Brittney Griner , were she eligible to play in the NBA . Is he being politically correct or simply wanting to dissuade us , as to his real intentions towards the Baylor basketball player ? I believe that they might be sexual . I think he meant to say , ” of course I would #$#k Brittney Griner and the rest of the Baylor Lady Bears as well ” !
Does Cuban feel that Griner is one of the boys or the girls , given her physical presence ?
Fun in the showers and locker room , I suspect . LOL,LOL,LOL !!!!
Griner could crack that Bobcats’ roster for sure . Have you seen them play this season ? LOL,LOL !!
For once, I’m speechless.
I feel your pain. Training quality bar staff is not the easiest thing in the world. Trust me, it’s what I do for a living.
When I do go out, I’m a service snob. If I find out the cocktail waitress at whichever place I’m newly frequenting has half a brain, oh, well, that’s just a fun night out.
Last time I went out with some friends, I asked the waitress which imported and domestic beers they served. She had no idea the difference.
I didn’t make her cry but I came close.
Your entry is incomplete. Who do you have winning the championship game and by how many?
If you like Wichita State that much, you may want to bet them money line. I think that’s coming back four-and-a-half times your money.
Of course, they have to win for you to collect.
I’m digging your originality, man. Next thing you know, we’re going to start dressing the same.
I’m over the whole Orlando-take-our-centers thing. Orlando’s not Los Angeles and never will be. The sooner they get over their inferiority complex, the better.
I’d just like to see them rebuild that team into a contender. No one’s winning anything any time soon with the Heatles running the show so they have a few years to do it right if they know what they’re doing.
That’s a big if.
Yea, but Dallas sucks these days.
You’re probably right that Griner could log some minutes for the ‘Cats but I’m guessing she really isn’t Cuban’s type in the manner you suggest.
Once the lights are out , I doubt that Cuban would be worried where and which orifice he’s going to insert his member in . A#al or otherwise .
Louisville over Syracuse by eight
What do you think about the firing of Rutgers’ basketball coach Mike Rice ? How the ##ck was he allowed to get away with that bull$hit for so long with his homophobic and racist displays , never mind the physical assaults on the players over a two year period ?
And who the f#$k is that as$hole of an AD Tim Pernetti ? His responses are idiotic and so unbelievable that it’s a goddamn joke . ” I wanted to rehab Mike’s image so that it didn’t besmirch the school and Mike’s good standing . LOL, LOL,LOL !!!
You (Pernetti) have within your midst a psychotic son of a bi#ch running around attacking players and using homophobic and racial slurs to demean them as well as attacking them for over two years . And this a##hole Pernetti believes that Rice could be rehabilitated ? What a $$$king joke !
Pernett is a frigging jackass and he should have lost his job as well ! Only an idiot would believe to the contrary having condoned Rice’s actions over a two year period by merely giving him a slap on the wrist with a $75 ,000 fine originally for his misconduct . Mike Rice continued with his abhorrent misbehavior all the same and still nothing was done between 2011 through to 2012 (original incident first took place in 2010) .
Funny thing about Mike Rice Jr. His father,Mike Rice Sr. who is a color commentator for the Portland Trailblazers was the only broadcaster ever to be thrown out of an NBA game for protesting a call on a Blazers player. Steve Javie was the referee. Nicknamed “The Wild One,” I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Your picks are in. And I’m sure we haven’t witnessed the rest of the fallout with the Mike Rice situation. I’ll have my take up on that soon.
What is it with people these days?
Great story, Snake!
I hadn’t heard about that.
Although from the way I’ve heard him call a game, I find it hard to believe Heinsohn hasn’t been thrown out as well.
You know, when I first heard about him getting ejected from the game, I also thought of my man Tommy Heineken. I’m amazed that he hasn’t been tossed.
Either a) the refs are afraid of him or b) they’re trying to avoid the sound of all the empty, clanging whiskey bottles that would fall out of his pockets and hit the gym floor as they escorted him out of the arena.
Tommy is the total entertainment package. He’s always fun to listen to and obviously more fun if you’re a Celtics fan. He’s even more of a homer than the legendary Johnny Most. I’m sure that Heinsohn’s tombstone will be inscribed with “GIVE ME A BREAK.”
Just imagining the liquor consumption at Heinsohn’s wake gives this bartender the heebie jeebies.
Tommy was a no nonsense guy as a Celtic player. Ask Walt Hazzard about pissing off gravel voice Tommy.
Oh Snake you bring up Johnny Most. We’d drive to the highest peak and listen to the WBZ homer. “Jabbar just mugged Big Red and no CALL!!”
Ronbets, When I was living in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on a good night I could listen to Johnny Most on WEEI more than 1200 miles away. I guess that’s why they call them “clear channels.”
Chris, as for Heinsohn being a drunk, its more myth than fact. Kind of like Dean Martin always being drunk. It just wasn’t true. But drunk or sober, he’s still a lot of fun to watch and hear.
Also, his broadcast partner, Mike Gorman is THE BEST play-by-play announcer in the world.
Bet and Snake, how about this?
With the way that media has changed, are we past the days of these kind of radio personalities and play-by-play guys a thing of the past?
Are we just dinosaurs?
Imho, most sports announcers today are total assholes. Especially the ones who are ex jocks. Reggie Miller is a snooze fest. Great players, but otherwise morons on the sport that they profess to know. Guys like Marv Albert, Jeff Van Gundy and Mike Fratello must get paid by the word for all of the shit that comes out of their collective pieholes. The best thing about having NBA League Pass is that you can watch both feeds for most games. The local guys are much better at what they do than the network guys from ESPN and TNT. And don’t get me started on Doris Roberts. That woman definitely has a face for radio. She has no business on TV. All of the great announcers are gone, no matter which sport they did. Maybe we are dinosaurs, but I still remember the greats like Marty Glickman, Mel Allen, Red Barber and Chick Hearn. We loved those guys. I’d love to have the opportunity to rip off Marv Albert’s wig and punch out his lights. Now I feel better.
L’ville over Wichita State by 14
Michigan over Cuse by 4
Michigan over L’ville by 3
Yeah guys most of the colorful personalities are gone. We still have a few left from the old school. Skully and Marty Brennaman. Not the kid Thom. Also former Brave ‘caster John Sterling, but can’t stand his schtick. My favorite homer of all time was the late Pirate’s voice Bob Prince. Snake, you mentioned Doris Roberts. Ever notice how her colleagues kiss her ass on air? Why? look what happened to a solid veteran in Ron Franklin.
“On October 1, 2005, according to the Chicago Tribune, during a game between Notre Dame and Purdue that Franklin was calling, sideline reporter Holly Rowe praised Purdue defensive coordinator Brock Spack for using all three timeouts on defense despite trailing by four touchdowns late in the game. “If the coaches are giving up,” Rowe added, “what does that say to the players?” Franklin responded: “Holly, it’s not giving up. It’s 49–21, sweetheart.”” THEY IMMEDIATELY FIRED HIM!! Now we are forced to listen and watch Musberger with his subtle gambling inserts. WTF
I don’t mind Marv Albert. In fact, I’m looking forward to the day they hang his panties from the rafters.
Hanahan’s teams are in, giving us 11 so far without my picks.
9 of 11 have chosen Louisville over Wichita State.
6 of 11 have chosen Michigan over Syracuse.
And only one of us has Wichita State winning it all.
Fortunately I work in an industry where it’s okay to call members of the opposite sex “honey,” “baby” and “sweetheart.”
Otherwise, I don’t know what I’d do with myself.
Hey Honey, that was a good Marv zinger. Sorry,
I had the name wrong. Its Doris Burke who is just as ugly as Doris Roberts from “Everyone Loves Raymond.”And the reason they kiss Doris Burke’s ass is because its probably better looking than her face.
A few other great announcers that I left out: Vin Scully, Lindsey Nelson and Ernie Harwell. Now if you really want to talk about drunks on the air, you can’t complete the list without the best of the best, Harry Caray.
Louisville over Wich St by 6
Syracuse over Mich by 8
Syracuse over Louisville by 3
Louisville over Wichita by 8
Michigan over Syracuse by 11
Michigan over Louisville by 7
Here’s a little somethin’ for ya’.
If the moon were made of barbecue spare ribs, would you eat it then?
Tim and Zbignu are both in.
And so am I with Louisville over Wichita State by 12, Michigan over Syracuse by 7 and Louisville to win the championship game by another 12.
14 entries to date.
Will Ferrell is a genius. But the best Harry Caray impression goes to John Caponera.
You’re right about that, Snake.
I always thought that was Brian Regan but it was Caponera.
I’ve lowered my expectations, here goes:
Wichita d. Louisville by 2
Michigan d. Syracuse by 7
Michigan d. Wichita by 1
Yaz is in under the wire and if the picks turn out the way he suggests, we should be in for one helluva weekend.
Good luck, sir.
So who won this thing?
Kudos to J Dub on his triumph !
Congrats to Zbig, Heavy D and J-Dub on being the big winners in the casino.