Posts Tagged ‘Final Four’

That seems to be the theme this year.  Make the field, then take it from there.

First, the Packers had a triumphant week seventeen win against the Chicago Bears, their arch-rival.  The Bears could have finished them off right then and there, but they didn’t.  They then later faced the Packers in the playoffs, the Packers won that game.  The Packers didn’t stop at that point, oh no… They cruised all the way to the Lombardi Trophy.  Winning it all, as an underdog.

Then there’s the mischievous case of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, a team many basketball scholars doubted, bashed, and criticized, highly acclaimed Dick Vitale said, “They don’t deserve to be in the bracket.”  The Rams had to win a game to make it into the legitimate 64 team field, they did indeed win the play-in game.  Like the Packers, they didn’t stop once they reached the play-offs, they kept going like the Energizer bunny.  The Rams made it all the way to the marvelous Final Four stage.

In more recent affairs, I picked Tiger Woods to win the 2011 Masters.  People told me I was crazy, people told me he wouldn’t make the cut… He not only made the cut, he survived all the way to the end, finishing with ten points under par…. While he didn’t win the tournament, he boasted that the Tiger of old was back… And in full out attack mode, Tiger Woods will be a huge competitor throughout this 2011 golf season.

And now we seemingly have a new element developing in the chastising plot of which haunts betters, the defending Stanley Cup champions are in the playoffs, as the last seed.  The Hawks could have secured a spot yesterday with at least a a point, but they lost 4-3 in regulation to rival Detroit.  Captain Toews, and his Chicago team thought their season was over…. But the Stars lost to the Wild, and now the Blackhawks are in the playoffs, with a good as a chance as any.

Yeah, I’m making the safe bet…. By not betting.

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Nova is Supernova. The Yankees are now 3-1, even though critics acclaimed them to have the worst season they’ve had in the 21st century, fear not though, as rookie fourth starter Ivan Nova got the win yesterday, with help from Posada and A-Rod’s homers.  Rivera got his third save of the season.

Congratulations Connecticut. Lets take this time out to honor our 2011 champions, the UCONN Huskies, a team’s who stingy defense caused the Bulldogs to have one of the worst shooting percentages recorded in a title game.

Big East Champs, No, Just Champs

Daily Dose will come much later in the day, as well as a feature on the Chicago Cubs, please check out home run corner!

Butler Bulldogs vs. Virginia Commonwealth Rams Let me just give a shout out to Brad Stevens, head coach of Butler, for defying all odds in back-to-back seasons, and making two straight Final Fours!  Its funny that an eight seed can be a favorite in a Final Four game, but that is just what happens when your facing an eleven seed.  How about Shaka Smart? His team, the Rams, wasn’t supposed to even be in the field, and they had to win a play-in-game to get to where their at… In the locker room before games he seldom spoke, rather he would show clips of announcers dissing VCU, like Dickie V, when he said they shouldn’t be in the field, or Charles Barkley saying the team had no shot at beating Kansas… Well they did, and in this tournament alone, they have beaten a PAC 10 school, a Big East school, a Big 10 school, an ACC school, and now a Big 12 school, that’s just incredible!  i recently purchased myself a VCU t-shirt, yeah, I jumped on the bandwagon… Bias affects my pick, but… VCU!

Kentucky vs. Connecticut While its hard to compete with the excitement of two Cinderella teams squaring off, this game is probably going to be one of the closest Final Four games in history, as Brandon Knight faces off against Kemba Walker’s Huskies, a team that has now won nine games in a row, all on neutral territory.  But the question remains, can Kemba keep turning out the victor?  I believe so, but if the Wildcats are going to win this game, then they need to stop the penetration… How can Kentucky win this game?  As I said, defensively they need to stop all penetration, and on the offensive end they need to go down low, Connecticut is not very deep.  So, who will win?  The answer is simple, whoever has more luck.  Thats usually how March Madness is, which team gets hot and lucky?  Connecticut will win though.

Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees The Yankees blasted the Tigers on opening day, winning 6-3, Joba Chamberlain became the victor, and Rivera got the save.  I expect to see a more focused Tigers team today, as they again compete on a national level.  While I expect it to be close, I think that AJ Burnett shows some consistency, and the Yankees win.

Standings (Top Dogs) (New Rank in brackets)

  1. Musicfan58 (667 win percentage) (28-14-1) (2)
  2. Jacob’s Sports (659 win percentage) (30-16-2) (1)
  3. Fielderisnotafielder  (10-10) (5)
  4. John Wall (15-13) (4)
  5. History of Sports (7-9) (6)
  6. FunnyBunnyMoney  (14-17) (7)
  7. pac 10 erryday (6-3) (3)

Fighting For A Spot:

  1. volleyballlove (2-2)

Last year, like every season, tickets for the Final Four had to be purchased a year in advance, for a pretty penny too, only now, tickets are practically being given away down in Houston as nobody wants to see an eight, eleven, third, and fourth seed play…. But I ask, why? I mean, its so exciting to be at the games, and now you get to see part of history, as an eleventh seed may just take home the crown!  To my readers, I suggest you go down to Houston, buy a ticket, grab some popcorn, and jump on the Virginia Commonwealth bandwagon!  But first, read my Final Four Preview!

Kentucky vs. Connecticut While its hard to compete with the excitement of two Cinderella teams squaring off, this game is probably going to be one of the closest Final Four games in history, as Brandon Knight faces off against Kemba Walker’s Huskies, a team that has now won nine games in a row, all on neutral territory.  But the question remains, can Kemba keep turning out the victor?  I believe so, but if the Wildcats are going to win this game, then they need to stop the penetration… How can Kentucky win this game?  As I said, defensively they need to stop all penetration, and on the offensive end they need to go down low, Connecticut is not very deep.  So, who will win?  The answer is simple, whoever has more luck.  Thats usually how March Madness is, which team gets hot and lucky?  Connecticut will win though.

Virginia Commonwealth vs. Butler Let me just give a shout out to Brad Stevens, head coach of Butler, for defying all odds in back-to-back seasons, and making two straight Final Fours!  Its funny that an eight seed can be a favorite in a Final Four game, but that is just what happens when your facing an eleven seed.  How about Shaka Smart? His team, the Rams, wasn’t supposed to even be in the field, and they had to win a play-in-game to get to where their at… In the locker room before games he seldom spoke, rather he would show clips of announcers dissing VCU, like Dickie V, when he said they shouldn’t be in the field, or Charles Barkley saying the team had no shot at beating Kansas… Well they did, and in this tournament alone, they have beaten a PAC 10 school, a Big East school, a Big 10 school, an ACC school, and now a Big 12 school, that’s just incredible!  i recently purchased myself a VCU t-shirt, yeah, I jumped on the bandwagon… Bias affects my pick, but… VCU!

Check out all picks articles as standings are now up!

You have to love Virginia Commonwealth University, unless you are Purdue, or Georgetown, in which case, go ahead and hate.  But I mean seriously, now that we are down to a final field of sixteen sweet teams, you must give credit where credit is due, and we do a lot of that in this post!

East Region: This region packs in a lot of excitement (never was a region that didn’t), and Ohio State looks like they will win this one… Only, I do not think they will, even after the 30-plus point slaughtering of George Mason last round… Kentucky will face Ohio State, as the two hot teams square off, we will have more on this game tomorrow, as the game is Friday.  Now, North Carolina could not have made things more controversial, as the refs made a clock error with a second left in the game, when they played Washington… Harrison Barnes emerged victorious, winning the game by three points.  This game too, is tomorrow.  Prediction: I have Kentucky and North Carolina winning.

Kyle Singler has been forgotten in the Irving predicament, but remember, Singler is a great player.

West Region: The West region is extremely tough, but Duke has the best back-court in the nation, with Seth Curry, Kyrie Irving, and Nolan Smith… I will not go in depth on this one, as I HOPE to post a whole separate article tonight… But Duke looked mediocre, as they blew a lead against Michigan, escaping with a victory, they will face Arizona tomorrow night.  In the bottom half, Kemba Walker’s UCONN will face San Diego State tomorrow night, as well.  This region is stacked, but Duke will emerge the victor, do not worry…. Catch a prediction article later tonight!

Well, its only five eastern time right now, hence there is lots of time to post a few more articles, stay tuned!