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March Madness Wrap Up: Week 2

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Chasse Rehwinkel

I gamble, therefore I write...or I write, therefore I gamble...honestly, they're pretty similar professions…

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A few weeks ago, I said on ChicagoNow Radio that the beginning of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament was a bit like Christmas morning as a kid.

Everything seems so perfect at first; every present--like every bracket--representing an opportunity for that ultimate gift...

...of course the morning of hope, more often than not, leads to an afternoon of disappointment...and socks.

Hey, they don't call it March Madness for no reason. 

Syracuse: The WCR's Waterloo



When we last left our hero--psssst, that's me--he was scrappily battling it out in the bottom third of the WCR's March Madness Pool, holding strong at a less-than-impressive 3,576,022nd place over all of ESPN's bracket challenge.

However, the WCR still had one hope: the Syracuse Orange.

So what if my bracket was struggling to breathe, living now only on heavy life support? If the Orange pulled off a run reminiscent of their 2003 Melo-McNamara championship, I could, remarkably, have a shot at the win.

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All right, let's do this!

After a big win over Gonzaga, my bracket seemed to be taking a turn for a better.

Then came the Butler Bulldogs and their division one leading winning streak, probably SU's toughest test until the Final Four.

But come on, this is Syracuse we're talking about here, the number one team out of the obdurate Big East. Surely this powerhouse of a program would easily handle some upstart from the Horizon League...

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Dammit!

And with Syracuse's early exit goes any chance I had of mounting an impressive comeback in the pool.

The weekend's action now over, my bracket has no way of making any more points and has fallen to 4,447,154th in ESPN's Bracket Challenge, which is good enough to only best 6.9 percent of the total field...that's not even high enough to merit a faux maniacal laugh... 

Brackets Fall, People Talk


At least I have plenty of company down at the bottom...

With Butler's big run, Kentucky's fall and Michigan State's unexpected Final Four appearance, more than a few prominent ChicagoNowers' brackets were skewered. And as the brackets burned, the talking began; here's just a sample:

Note: These quotes are probably best read with a bottle of Scotch...and while listening to a solitary sad violin... 

Joe the Cop: "YES! I am climbing well into the high part of the lower third."

Alex Quigley: "There really is no rightful reason why I could win this group with only 780 points, but it could happen."

Julie DiCaro: "Dammit."

Dammit indeed, Cubbie Julie...just dammit...

Attack of the Blue Blob!


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So it has come to this...

With no way to move up in points, Tory Casterline--aka "The Blue Blob"--will beat me in the pool.

That might not seem like a big deal considering about 30 brackets are on track to best mine, but some readers might remember that Casterline--aka "Team Edward"--out did me in the WCR Playoff Fantasy Football League without even knowing what a tight end was. After that little debacle, Casterline and I made a little prop bet. If she bested me in the March Madness pool--without ever watching more than a minute of basketball at any level--she would get to write an article for the blog...on any topic she wanted...

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Get ready WCR readers...


Where We're At


Showing he knows more than just minor league baseball, Dan Santaromita of FutureSox fame is all alone atop the WCR's March Madness Pool.

Trisha Carey's "thebluestreaker," Alex Quigley's "Simmons+Olbermann4EVA," another Tory Casterline bracket "The Frost Heaves" and even that scrappy "Bracket of the People" have a shot.

I bet you want to see the full standings...while I'm sickened by your schadenfreude, I'll comply...here's where everyone's at.   

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9 Comments

JulieDiCaro said:

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Booooo! This contest is rigged!

Chasse Rehwinkel said:

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I agree, who set up this crap!

Tory said:

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I would like to point out that not only did The Blue Blob beat you, but 3 out of my 4 brackets beat you. And THATS why you should be Team Edward.

Chasse Rehwinkel said:

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I'm just going to come out and say it..."Twilight" Sucks.

Tory said:

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And now I definitely know what I'm writing my article about...

Chasse Rehwinkel said:

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Brought that on myself

Sasha Davis said:

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Next year it's on! I'm logging more hours in front of ESPN. Fine-tuning my psychic abilities. And learning to trust my gut more. You won't know what hit you in 2011.

Joe the Cop said:

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Next year I'm going to have one of those bingo-playing chickens make my picks for me.

John Templon said:

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I think the best I can do is a tie for third, but c'mon Duke anyways. Ties for third seem better than ties for 7th.

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