The Real March Madness – The Exciting Conclusion

Love this comic - drawn by Eric Poole (the husband of one of my co-workers)

 

So here we are.  It’s down to two possible winners and it could easily be decided in the very first game.  At the latest, it will be decided tonight.

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Notre Dame v. Minnesota Duluth (Thursday – 4 PM Central)

If you’re cheering for Mom (and you had better be – it’s my mom) you’re cheering against Minnesota Duluth.  Rhu_Ru wins if the Bulldogs do.

UPDATE:  Minnesota-Duluth continues to ride that power play and wins 4-3.  Pretty exciting final minutes and it keeps the possibility of an all WCHA final alive.

Oh, and it also decides our little competition.  Congratulations to Rhubarb Runner, who still has a nearly flawless bracket.  You sir, have my undying admiration.

Michigan v. North Dakota (Thursday – 7:30 PM Central)

This game no longer decides anything except second place.  So hey, lets lay that out there.  Andrew can take second if Michigan wins.  If North Dakota wins, then AZSioux nails down the runner-up spot.  Neither of them win anything for second place, but then you could argue that Rhu_Ru didn’t win much for first either.  It’s that kind of a competition.

UPDATE:  What a game by the Michigan goaltender.  He absolutely stole this one as the Wolverines win 2-0.  This ensures that no one will get the champion correct for the second straight year.  This concludes the real March Madness bracket competition.  Please enjoy the championship game Saturday night.

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Here’s the winning bracket – Rhu_Ru

March Madness, For Real This Time (3rd Annual)

See the post above this one for the exciting conclusion to this prestigious prognostication proceeding.

DAY THREE –

North Dakota beats a tired Denver team to lock up the third Frozen Four spot.  That finishes off quite a few brackets and eliminates Spookymilk from title contention.  We’re down to 3 with a a chance to win it outright (Rhu_Ru, Buffalo, Mom) and Freealonzo,  who can still tie for the top spot if things break right.

By the way – this means I went 0 for 8 in the basketball final four and the hockey frozen four.  Please observe the ‘horrible prognostication’ tag.

Notre Dame wins over New Hampshire to complete the field for the Frozen Four (beginning 4/7).  Buffalo and Freealonzo are thus eliminated from contention.

Congrats to Andrew and Rhubarb_Runner who each correctly called 3 of 4 Frozen Four teams.

Standings – (Bracket graphics updated through Day 3):

Scenarios:

  • If the Championship game is Notre Dame v. Michigan, Mom wins.
  • All other scenarios result in Rhubarb_Runner winning the pool.

DAY TWO –

In a game that almost everyone picked for UND, they were comfortably ahead 5-0 after the second.  They sail through pretty easily.

There goes another of my Frozen Four teams.  Miami loses 3-1 to New Hampshire.

If Western Michigan beats Denver, my Frozen Four is all eliminated in the first round (they’re in [edit: double] overtime).

Denver wins in double OT.  I still have a chance to get a Frozen Four team right! (no one else seems very excited about this).

Notre Dame gets kind of a fluky goal in overtime (4 of 8 first round games went to OT) to send them onward.

Your first Frozen Four team is Minnesota-Duluth defeating Yale.

The second Frozen Four team is Michigan holding off Colorado College.

Standings – (bracket graphics updated through Day 2):

  • Mom (8 points | 28 possible)
  • Rhu_Ru (8 points | 28 possible)
  • Freealonzo (8 points | 22 possible)
  • Spookymilk (8 points |  16 possible)
  • Andrew (7 points | 15 possible)
  • Buffalo (6 points | 26 possible)
  • AZSioux (6 points | 24 possible)
  • Beau (5 points | 7 possible)
  • Me (4 points | 6 possible)
  • DK (3 points | 5 possible)
  • AMR (2 points | 2 possible)

DAY ONE –

UM-Duluth wins the first game (and I lose my first Frozen Four team).  And we’re off.

Nebraska-Omaha loses to Michigan on a ridiculous replay review in overtime. (Will I get any games right?  Stay tuned!)

My picks finally get off the schneid with Yale’s OT winner.

Finishing with a bang, BC loses to Colorado College (only RPI got fewer picks than CC in our little pool). Beau, Andrew, and DK had BC to win it all.

Standings after Day 1 – (click on the name to see that person’s bracket):

  • Spookymilk (3 points)
  • Freealonzo (3 points + 1 Frozen Four team eliminated)
  • AZSioux (2 points)
  • Mom (2 points + 1 Frozen Four  team eliminated)
  • Rhu_Ru (2 points + 1 Frozen Four team eliminated)
  • AMR (2 points + 1 Frozen Four team eliminated)
  • Buffalo (2 points + 2 Frozen Four teams eliminated)
  • Andrew (2 points + Champion eliminated)
  • Beau (2 points + Champion eliminated)
  • Me (1 point + 2 Frozen Four teams eliminated)
  • DK (1 point + Champion and Frozen Four team eliminated).

The NCAA hockey tournament starts Friday afternoon, so hurry and download the NCAA hockey Frozen Four brackets (available below). Fill them out and confuse your friends when you complain about Merrimack busting your bracket.

I’ll take all comers in the third annual Daneeka’s Ghost Hockey Madness Sweepstakes. Winner gets … I don’t know … my undying admiration.

Last year’s winner: Freealonzo (Who only won because the Badgers are worthless.)

Will anyone unseat freealonzo’s deathgrip on the title this year? I hope so, because I’m awful tired of admiring him.

I’ll update my picks and keep standings and all that on this post, so put your picks in the comments (or email them to daneekasghost [at] gmail.com) and check back to see how things go.

March Madness – Now I’m Serious

[FROZEN FOUR UPDATE] – The Frozen Four are: Miami, BC, RIT, Wisconsin.  Semifinals are Thursday.  Until then – this is how things stand.

Current standings:

Freealonzo – 11 (Denver)
Big Mak – 7 (Wisconsin)
Zooomx – 6 (St. Cloud St.)
Rhu_Ru – 3 (UND)
Mrs. Mak – 3 (Miami)

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[DAY 2 UPDATE] – First two Frozen Four teams are RIT and Wisconsin. Miami, Michigan, Yale, and BC battle it out today to decide the last two.

Current standings:

Freealonzo – 7 (Denver)
Big Mak – 5 (Wisconsin)
Zooomx – 4 (St. Cloud St.)
Rhu_Ru – 3 (UND)
Mrs. Mak – 1 (Miami)

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[DAY 1 UPDATE] – Winners on the opening day were Rochester, Wisconsin, St. Cloud State, and New Hampshire.

6 more games today – so these will change quickly, but here are the current standings (nobody expected Denver to lose, so no one has pulled away just yet).

E-6 – 4 (not-Duke won all 4 games)
Big Mak – 2 (lost 1 Frozen Four team – Cornell)
Zooomx – 2 (lost 1 Frozen Four team – Cornell)
Freealonzo – 2 (lost champion – Denver)
Rhu_Ru – 1 (lost 1 Frozen Four team – Denver)
Mrs. Mak – 0

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The NCAA hockey tournament starts Friday afternoon, so hurry and download the NCAA hockey Frozen Four brackets here (NCAA Men’s Hockey 2010 Bracket). Fill them out and confuse your friends when you complain about Alaska-Fairbanks busting your bracket.

I’ll take all comers in the second annual Daneeka’s Ghost Hockey Madness Sweepstakes. Winner gets … I don’t know … my undying admiration.

Last year’s winner: Freealonzo (Who correctly picked BU as champion and was the only entrant to successfully identify a Frozen Four team)

My 2010 picks:

No this does not mean that I will actively cheer for the Badgers.

March Madness – For Real This Time

The basketball tourney got everybody in a brackets kind of mood, so now it’s time to do this for real.  The NCAA hockey tournament starts Friday afternoon, so hurry and download the NCAA hockey Frozen Four brackets here.  Fill them out and confuse your friends when you complain about Bemidji State busting your bracket.

Here’s mine, I’ll take all comers in the first annual Daneeka’s Ghost Hockey Madness Sweepstakes.  Winner gets … I don’t know … my undying admiration.

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