The 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament is over, and it ended just as I said it would with a Louisville win. Sadly, that means nothing in the WarBlogle.com Bracket Challenge. It's all about the journey, not just the destination. Sorry. I've been watching a lot of Game of Thrones episodes lately.
In terms of the PickOrPlay.com portion of the contest - the portion that gives you prizes - I finished 15th of 119. Pretty good, but not good enough to win. So congrats to users TSJ, Auburn_EE, and Tigerwar for taking the top 3 spots. Email me your address, and AuburnArt and I will get those over to you lickety-split. For those outside of the top 5, go see where you landed here.
Some of the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games were as expected and some were about as unexpected as there has ever been. #1 Louisville and #2 Duke squared off and the #1 seed won. Elsewhere, #12's and #13's were playing, and somehow a #9 seed made it to the Final Four. Crazy, I tell you.
Here is where the standings lie as we wait on the final three games of the tournament to be played next weekend and then the following Monday. View the rest of the standings on the PickOrPlay.com group page.
After the first weekend of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, things look about as crazy as the regular season. Florida Gulf Coast? La Salle? Crazy, I tell you. What is even more crazy is that I'm near the top in both the PickorPlay.com group and the CBS group.
For those playing in the PickorPlay.com group, you can view the rest of the standings in our group page. You also need to make sure that you have 35 total picks by the end of the tournament. With only 15 games left, you're running out of games.
Bad news, guys. Yeah, Auburn didn't make the tournament this year. I know. It's tough. Thought we had it this time. Fortunately, the WarBlogle.com Bracket Challenge doesn't have to change its motto for the first time in a decade. It's still "No Auburn means no pressure." It's so right, isn't it?However, there will be a slight change in the format this year. We will still have the standard bracket setup (details at the bottom), but I'm also throwing in a little twist to keep this thing fresh (as well as offering three great prizes from AuburnArt.com).
I've already told you once before of Auburn's connection to those of the Irish persuasion, but it wasn't until today that I realized there were so many Patricks in its history.
Coach Pat Dye (seen below), QB Pat Sullivan, QB Pat Sullivan, Jr., QB Pat Washington, QB Patrick Nix, DB Pat Lee, DT Pat Sims are a few from football's past. On the current roster we have OL Patrick Miller, RB Patrick Lymon, and TE Patrick Young. That's a lot. Patrick ain't no John or Sen'derrick or any other common name like that.Auburn also has two athletes directly from Dublin, Ireland. Auburn basketball center, Pat Burke, just so happens to be the first Irishman in NBA history. And did you know that Auburn's placekicker for the 1975-76 seasons, Neil O'Donoghue was Auburn's first soccer-style kicker? Now you do. WPE.
The 14-seed Auburn men's basketball team takes on the 11-seed Texas A&M Aggies tonight at 9pm CT in the first round of the 2013 SEC Basketball Tournament. It will be the 2nd game of the night and tournament, following the massive tilt between 12-seed South Carolina and 13-seed Mississippi State. Auburn was lucky enough to draw the 14-seed after an OT loss to Mississippi State in the final game of the regular season.But enough about that, let's talk about what will happen in the tournament. New life, baby. You all know me as the eternal Auburn defender and optimist, but this season proved to me many times that supernatural forces at work to keep this program down.
You can not lose the way Auburn did, you can't have the seniors, and you can't go from 2-0 in the conference to 3-15 without something else going on. I've often speculated that Auburn Arena and the Coliseum were built on old Indian burial grounds. Have to be.
Alright, let's talk about basketball. No, I'm not going to go over the mishaps of the season, or the one big giant mishap that was this season. I want to talk about SEC Tournament possibilities. Why? Because I love hypotheticals and I love brackets. Always have.
I don't care if Auburn ends up being in last place, a tournament is new life. A bracket is like one big Holy Grail. One drink from it and you are a new person, but with only possible everlasting life if you go on to win the championship.
So I wanted to look and see who Auburn would play in the first round of the SEC Tournament (empty bracket), which now features an extra day (Wednesday) for the last four teams to battle it out to get into the usual 12-team format, depending on what happens this last weekend of the regular season. No, I won't call the Wednesday games of the tournament play-in games, but that's sort of what they are.
It turned out a little better than expected in that Auburn still has a chance to not be in last place, and not even in next-to-last place. They can actually be in 12th place. And thanks to Texas A&M and Missouri joining the SEC, that's not last place anymore! HOORAH!
Charles Barkley turns 50 years old today, just three days after Michael Jordan. I knew he was good -- he's one of the best ever -- but you just don't realize how good he was at Auburn until you see these highlights. And no, there was no 3-point line when he played.
How do you run and jump in shorts that short, and tight, and... huggy. Happy Birthday, Charles.