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4/07/2008 08:53:00 AM
Tourney Bool Pool Update: A San Antonio Victory In San Antonio?
SAN ANTONIO -- And then there were two (poolsters left in the Third Annual Tourney Blog Pool, that is). Never mind what's at stake for Memphis and Kansas tonight at the Alamodome: The finalists in our 5,490-entrant competition have blog fame on the line. It doesn't get bigger than that.
I like how this has turned out: If the Jayhawks win, a Missouri student is our champ, even if she may not be allowed to celebrate that victory in Columbia. And if the Tigers win, a man with the last name San Antonio takes home the crown. It's almost as if he was pre-destined to be the Blog Pool victor. Meet our duo of expert bracketeers below:
Possible Pool Winner No. 1 (Kansas) Karen Kraus, 24, Columbia, Mo. School: University of Missouri/Public Health Masters program Team: "I root for MU now, as I have for my entire life." Bracket Philosophy: "It drives people who put a lot of thought into their brackets crazy: I generally pick by ranking as I do not follow any teams except MU. I probably spent less than a minute on my bracket. I do it this way every year, and the strategy [if you even want to call it that] tends to work well although I have never won a pool."
Possible Pool Winner No. 2 (Memphis) Kenny San Antonio, 23 Home: Providence, R.I. School: "Going back in the fall." Team: "Arizona." Bracket Philosophy: "Picking the teams that are good and that I seen play." Have You Ever Won A Pool Before? "Yes."
Our Top 10, as it stands going into Monday night: Kraus and San Antonio, 136; Elliot Chan, Brandan Still and Bryan Graham, 135; Ryan Turton, Collin Burks, Bryan Panhost, Charlie Stavio, 133; Doug Pellatz, 132. Congrats to all.
(As for your blogger, I'm in 2,400th place. The fact that I'm taking solace in being in the top 50 percent is sad.)
Prize Update: The prize is somewhat of a joke every year, but given that we had such a huge response to the Facebook pool, I feel like I have to step it up a notch. Therefore, both items of "swag" I collected here in San Antonio will be included in the winner's package. Those items (shown hovering over the city) are: a ridiculous Final Four belt buckle, and a basketball-leather-bound Wilson portfolio, with the Final Four logo on the front. Roll into your next job interview rocking the belt buckle and carrying your resume inside this folder and you'll make one heck of a first impression.