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4/03/2008 01:42:00 AM
Day 23: Our Pool Nears Its End
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SAN ANTONIO -- I just combed through all of the possible Tourney Blog Pool scenarios, and am saddened to announce that there is no way a tuba player in the championship-team's band can win it all. Or any team's band, for that matter. Out of 5,490 completed brackets in our Facebook pool, there's an elite pack of 11 entrants who still have a shot at the title of Blog Pool Champ, and all of the fame and fortune that goes with it. (On top of the fame of being mentioned here, there will be some sort of non-monetary prize that I'll work out with the champ. It's possible that Sports Illustrated swag will be involved.)
Our Elite 11 have been contacted via Facebook to cough up information about themselves for a post later in the week. For now we'll just list the champs from the eight different title-game scenarios (with current point totals in parentheses), including a four-way tie if Memphis beats UNC:
If Kansas beats UCLA:Dan Dial of Southeast Missouri State (107) If Kansas beats Memphis:Karen Kraus of Mizzou (104)
If North Carolina beats UCLA:Frui Awasum of Hampton (107) If North Carolina beats Memphis:Taylor Dupre of Stetson (105)
If UCLA beats North Carolina:Ben Levine of the Moses Brown School in Providence (105) If UCLA beats Kansas:Michael Ferguson of UCF (107)
If Memphis beats North Carolina:Grant Catus of Nevada (Iowa) High (104), Cory Pitts of Hays (Kan.) High (104), Jon Sneed of Tennessee Tech (104), and Mitch Jackson of UConn If Memphis beats Kansas:Kenny San Antonio of Providence (104)
(Your blogger, if you still care, is tied for 1,305th. Ouch. All of the people above, I'm pretty sure, were on the four-number-ones-in San Antonio bandwagon, a scenario that our collaborator from Vegas Watch, Jacob Wheatley-Schaller, says had only a 4.8 percent chance of happening.)
• Catching up on the Tourney Blog Playlist, curated by the duo at Dallas-based blog Gorilla vs. Bear, one of whom refused to come to the Final Four because he "hates San Antonio":
Day 20's track was Writing On The Wall's Buffalo. Some '60s Scottish prog-rock, with the only real tie-in being that a Scottish man asked me for directions today at the Riverwalk. I was unable to help him.
Day 23's track is Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' Baltimore. On my last night in New York before the Final Four, I saw their show at the Bowery Ballrooom ... and someone in the back shouted "Sean Singletary," hoping to get a rise of Malkmus, a University of Virginia grad. He acknowledged the yeller, but was not particularly amused, merely restating the Cavs star's last name -- "Singletary" -- and then moving on into a song. The mp3 above generated far more banter on stage, mostly about Omar Little from The Wire.