For those of you who only read the nonsports posts in this blog, you are probably not going to see many items of interest over the next four weeks.
Selection Sunday is still four days away, but bracketmania has already taken hold in our house. Monday, my sons made me find and print out brackets for the Atlantic 10 and ACC Tournaments. Both boys are picking the Colonials to win the A-10 but not over #2 seed Charlotte; one has #3 seed LaSalle in the final while the other takes #10 Xavier. Neither is that much of a stretch as Xavier is only two-and-a-half games behind Charlotte in the standings. The Musketeers have struggled recently though, losing three of their last four. while LaSalle has rallied from a 2-4 league start to finish 10-6. Of course, I like the Colonials to win, but I think it will be tough for them to win three games in three days without Pops and Montrell McDonald, who is still suspended. Still, they haven't lost in more than two months, so why start now?
In the ACC, my older son is taking a "they beat Duke, so they must be great" strategy, picking North Carolina to beat Florida State in the finals. The younger boy is sticking with the Blue Devils, but he likes the hometown Terps to advance to the finals before falling. Are they obsessed? I don't know, if you are in third grade and you go online and write out longhand the starting lineups of all 12 teams in the tournament, does that make you obsessed?