NCAA Basketball

March Madness 2012: On To The Final Four…

This weekend was my second time attending a regional in person. But, the Final Four is still on my sports bucket list. It’s just hard to justify paying $200 to sit in the last row of a football stadium to watch a basketball game. Also, look at where the Final Four has taken place over the last decade:

2002 Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome Maryland
2003 New Orleans, Louisiana Louisiana Superdome Syracuse
2004 San Antonio, Texas Alamodome Connecticut
2005 St. Louis, Missouri Edward Jones Dome North Carolina
2006 Indianapolis, Indiana RCA Dome Florida
2007 Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome Florida
2008 San Antonio, Texas Alamodome Kansas
2009 Detroit, Michigan Ford Field North Carolina
2010 Indianapolis, Indiana Lucas Oil Stadium Duke
2011 Houston, Texas Reliant Stadium Connecticut
2012 New Orleans, Louisiana Mercedes-Benz Superdome TBD

These aren’t exactly cities that would otherwise be high on my “to visit” list. Of course, this year, it’s NoLa. That’s intriguing. The next four years of sites are already in place. They are far less interesting than New Orleans. In 2013 the games will go back to the ATL. The next year, 2014, the new Cowboys Stadium gets the Final Four for the first time. Then it’s back to Indy and Houston in 2015 and 2016.

Is a trip eminent? I mean, I guess I want to see the colossal screen and Cowboys Stadium. I wouldn’t live up to the American stereotype if I didn’t give a shit about a massive big screen TV. In actuality, this goes back to my earlier point. Seeing a hoops game in a stadium like that, you need a nice HD screen to watch on, because there’s a good chance you will barely be able to decipher the action on the court.

All those questioning points not withstanding, at some point soon, it must be done. The trigger must be pulled.

Back to this past Saturday’s action in Boston. Here’s how it went down.


Welcome To The Sweet 16!

Every Friday RDM welcomes you to the weekend with a weekly rap-up post. View the “Welcome To The Weekend” post archive here.

Last night was a rough one. In just a matter of hours, my beautiful bracket was incinerated. Thus far, the sweet sixteen has not gone as planned. I had all my elite eight teams alive. All of them! I fell from the 92nd percentile to the 77th percentile. I went from that hope to having a 1-3 night on Thursday. Only The Ohio State came through for me. Indeed that is the most important team in the East Regional, as I have them in the final.

On the upside, and maybe more importantly, the OWS betting project is going really well.


March Madness 2012: One Weekend In The Books…

And what a weekend it was. Of course, I spent much of the weekend watching college hoops. Shocker.

I was really into it, too. The games were nothing short of spectacular on the whole.

It’s March, but this time of year might as well be Christmas. I actually recall the play-by-play team during one of the Atlantic 10 tournament semifinal games saying the same thing. It’s true. Just take a look at the MAC championship game from a couple weeks ago.

Two Ohio-based MAC teams put over 10,000 people in the Quicken Loans arena on a Saturday night. That’s a lot of people watching a MAC hoops game.

The place was packed. But that’s college hoops in March. And that’s only the friggin’ MAC.