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4/01/2006 11:00:00 AM
Blog Pool Final Four Update
Will Jordan Farmar and the Bruins make one of their school's alums a happy man in the Blog Pool?
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INDIANAPOLIS -- I was scouring through the Blog brackets -- of which there were 328 in total -- and came to the realization that, as a whole, we sucked. Too many people followed my (misguided) lead and took UConn as the national champ.
Our current leader, Curtis Calwell, who appropriately named his team "Look Out Luke Winn," hails from Windsor, Ontario, and e-mailed me to say he was "proving that Canadians know their college ball." U.S. readers, do you care that you were soundly out-picked by a dude from North of the border (or, more specifically, the most popular legal drinking and gambling vacation destination for 19- and 20-year-old Midwestern Americans)?
The highly unofficial scenarios (estimated by my browsing of the brackets) for the Tourney Blog Pool champ and grand-prize winner:
If LSU makes the title game: 1st: "Look Out Luke Winn," owned by the aforementioned Curtis Calwell 2nd: "Aureo's Semi-Smart Picks," owned by Aurelien Windenberger of Fairfield, Iowa
If UCLA makes the title game and loses (the all-Scott scenario): 1st: "Overrated?!!!," owned by Scott Michie, presumably a defender of Gerry McNamara 2nd: "Team Pearson," owned by Scott Pearson
If UCLA wins it all: 1st: "Bruins are looking good," owned by UCLA grad and diehard Bruin fan Eric Miller, of Lancaster, Calif. 2nd: "Overrated?!!!," owned by Scott Michie
Those are our only scenarios. Everything is dependent on the left side of the bracket, since 1) no one in this pool had George Mason in the Final Four and 2) the only person who I could find with Florida as the champ, Bradley White of South Bend, Ind., is so far down in the standings that (I think) he's out of the running. If you were wondering about my bracket, "Old Hoss Radbourn," I'm in 63rd place. Pathetic, but it's at least in the top 25 percent.
We'll do slightly more in-depth profiles of our final two leaders on Monday; Misters Calwell, Windenberger and Miller have already been in touch with me, but I'm putting out an A.P.B. for Scott Michie and Scott Pearson to e-mail the Blog through this form ASAP with their contact info. Scotts, please come out of hiding.