Have you ever tried to run a bracket with 88 teams? It’s pretty fucking hard, and we’d like to think we’re pretty smartÂ dames.Â Â More than half of us, (I think, again this math thing is hard), can cop to taking AP Calc in high school.Â I even was a calculus tutor in college if you can believe that.
88 teams.Â Doesn’t work with 16 very well.Â Â Something about the power of 2, and I had to have that explained to me by someone else, well, because college was awhile ago now.Â So what doesÂ that mean for you Bracketeers?Â Â It is not as fucked as it seems…
Next round some people are going to get wacked sans Journey musicalÂ background.Â Much like David Chase, we haven’t quite figured out the gory details, most likely itÂ will have something toÂ do withÂ seeding. Â Or maybe we’ll feel generous and see if we can make 11 into 16.Â (NOT BLOODLY LIKELY!)
Either way, eight ladies means eight different fickle mood swings and we’ll decide when we decide.Â (At which point you are more then welcome to roll your eyes and say, “Yes, dear.” Or if you are unhappy, “JimminyÂ Christmas woman, do you know what you’re doing?!? Give me the wheel andÂ I’ll drive.”)Â
Since the graphics are still from the first round, this is what the brackets look likeÂ on paperÂ if you want them.Â Â (Teams in Red reflect blogs that had to play – Inter-Bracket Games.)
PDFÂ – Campbell League Match Ups
PDF – National League West Match Ups
See? It is not that bad.Â
I used to like math.
Then we tried to set up the bracket at one in the morning on bar napkins after 7 v&ts.
Should I concede to Shanoff now?
…well, if that may be how the second-round matchups work out — I might have a twinge to vote against myself if I go up against Dan…
I would just like to remind everyone that #
88was NOT Mario Lemieux’s number, so it is indeed, magical.
i drew the top seed?! what the hell?
Lemieux fan, TSW? I grew up on that man.
and by “what the hell?”, I mean, George Mason/UCONN…No. 11s rise up!
I’m in a quagmire of Cardinal against Cardinal.
PB – We’ve never met. I’m quite the Penguins homer.
F-ck – I totally missed on that one. Outstanding.
Go Pens. Go Steelers.
Instead of giving byes, I think you ought to wait ’til you’re down to 11, and then have some sort of alternative competition that will eliminate 3 to get you down to the Risq-Eight. Give the remaining 11 two nights to answer a given prompt in 150 words or fewer, and have everyone vote on them. Bottom three are out, American Idol style. Hell, you could even open the floor to suggestions for a prompt.
And, uh, I hate to be “that guy”, but Lemieux wore 66, did he not? 88 was Lindros.
I might have to re-think you PB.
I tend to not anything from Texas – save for Texas Gal, Precious Roy, Former Gov. Ann Richards, and the whole city of Austin – but if you keep rooting for the Pens and Steelers, I might be able to look past this whole state issue.
Fuck – David is right! Can I strike this all and blame my lack of sleep for a whole week do to the bracket?
Fuck. #66, #68 Jagr. And I used to work for them. I totally need a shower now.
And isn’t the whole title of this thread Math is Hard? NUMBERS BE CONFUSING TO THE WEARY.
The only number I like is zero, and sadly there aren’t enough of those in my bank account.
TSW. GO TO BED. I WILL BABYSIT THE THREADS.
(And if y’all think you don’t need it, lemme know and I’ll post some of the SULKING that was tossed my way this weekend.)
How can I sleep now that I’ve misspoken on something so stupid? Hard to cuddle up with the pillow when there is egg on my face. If this does cause me to end up in therapy, I don’t know what else will. I MEAN THERE IS A PICTURE OF MELLON ARENA RIGHT ABOVE MY DESK.
EDIT – I wonder if this is how Capt. Caveman felt after that whole 20th amendment thing. DAMMIT!
Will Shanoff’s recently heightened fame carry him to the finals? Or will our fickleness betray him in the end? Did you invite MJD into the fray?
What does that have to do with the 20th Amendment?
Holly, sulking from bloggers? I can’t even imagine how that must have been.
TSW, “Welcome to Itchy and Scratchyland, where nothing can possib-lie go wrong. PossibLY go wrong. That’s the first thing that’s ever gone wrong.”
I know, right? I must’ve missed the Cosmo that listed “petulance” as an admirable quality in a potential mate.
Orson, eh? I wonder what he thinks about Sabanism…
“petulance” is always an excuse to drink however.
Flatulence, not so much.
Ouch. A long internetless weekend and I come back to find my 100-point lead was squandered. That one hurts.
Now that I’m done getting my Lloyd Carr on, I’d like to thank the Ladies… for putting this tournament together. It was a hell of a lot of fun watching this over the last few days. 100 cocktails to you.
Congrats to the winners!
To the losers: sorry, guys. You’re all winners to me. Or something.
Showing up is half the battle; it happens to be the losing half but still important none the less. Without your failure/ugliness the tournament couldn’t go on. Bud Light salutes you real men of geniuses.
Damn I drew a tough one. Did the photos with “hot chicks” in them all do well in the first round?
AwfulAnnouncing is not to be underestimated. His margin of victory last round was pretty impressive.
I mustâ€™ve missed the Cosmo that listed â€œpetulanceâ€ as an admirable quality in a potential mate.
I believe that was recently covered in a Jezebel post.
Now that I’ve been bounced, can I apply for a sideline reporting gig?
Only if you report without your shirt on, Sven.
Ladies, thanks for allowing me to enter. I got above 40% of the votes cast, so I’ll take it.
Ladies…thanks to you running the affair and to democracy for allowing me to bow out gracefully and no longer spending my spare moments desperately hitting refresh to see if I had cracked 33% yet (didn’t happen.)
88? Just one offa Alex Mogilny. Damn that dude could fly…
And in other news, as decided by an Internet Poll, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was voted Man of the Century.