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Title: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 08, 2017, 07:20:32 AM
(I'm too lazy to go back and look up how many...  I think it's the 6th, unless we're counting the 'old place' and then I'm up to running my 8th or 9th of these things)

Here's a primer to help get you ready for your picks
https://theringer.com/college-basketball-power-rankings-kansas-ucla-villanova-b6f6504599b6#.sxb90kikc


I'll post the group info to join on Sunday evening after the bracket is announced

Reminder: you need an ESPN acc't / login to join.
Second reminder: Other than Airboy winning last year, Bison and I keep alternating wins, breaking KyzBP's seemingly unbreakable half-decade hammerlock on the tournament.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 12, 2017, 09:27:13 AM
Here's the info for this year's NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge

Here's the page to enter your bracket (http://games.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2017/en/group?groupID=1616637)

The group is up - we're "Grogheads 2017" and the password is "Bison" (no quotes)  O0

You can't enter anything before this weekend when the brackets are announced.

It's set for 2 entries / person, but that's only so I can create the usual "Straight Chalk" bracket that lets you compare against the tournament seeding.  Anyone entering 2 'legit' brackets will have both DQ'ed.

No idea what the prizes will be, but we'll come up with our usual "something" out of the grab-bag
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: KyzBP on March 12, 2017, 02:33:17 PM
Thanks, Brant, for organizing this each year. O0
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 12, 2017, 03:49:36 PM
Hey, this is a lot easier than the baseball league :)
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on March 12, 2017, 08:03:52 PM
I made it easy for you guys this year.  I picked UCLA to win it all, beating Villanova in the championship game. 
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 13, 2017, 10:42:42 AM
Here's one of the more entertaining previews you'll read
https://theringer.com/ncaa-tournament-march-madness-bracket-regional-breakdown-1930260ed287#.qlf86dpbk
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 13, 2017, 08:30:50 PM

The group is up - we're "Grogheads 2017" and the password is "Bison" (no quotes)  O0

You can't enter anything before this weekend when the brackets are announced.

Hey!  That's because K-State made the tourney isn't it?   ;D  I don't see them making it past the round of 32, but I'll just be happy if they don't choke in the play in round.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 14, 2017, 07:59:44 AM
There's only 4 in so far, plus the Straight Chalk
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 14, 2017, 02:55:42 PM
I'm in.  I have even less confidence than last year.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Marty Ward on March 15, 2017, 06:40:59 AM
where do you join?
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 15, 2017, 07:19:35 AM
Brant put a link in the post with the password.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Marty Ward on March 15, 2017, 07:30:47 AM
I found the site but don't see where I create my brackets in the league. Do I just click the ESPN tournament challenge banner?
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Marty Ward on March 15, 2017, 07:37:54 AM
figured it out. had to log into to ESPN.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 15, 2017, 09:22:31 AM
I just updated my picks.  As badly as I want Dayton in the Elite Eight, I just don't see them getting past WSU.

I'm not lacking upsets, they're just usually higher up where I've got 4s beating 1s and such.

I'm going to put some faith in UNC-W though.

I think between Archie Miller, Gregg Marshall, and Kevin Keatts, the coach who lasts longest in the tournament gets the NC State job.  Which is kind of a punishment, but the 'Pack will back up a Brinks truck for one of them, assuming Sean Miller isn't available (and he won't be, 'Zona's a better gig than State these days).
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 16, 2017, 10:13:26 AM
You've got about 5 minutes to get your brackets locked in!

Any last minute changes?  Make 'em now!

And yes, I'm taking UNC-W, Winthrop, and MTSU to win in the first round.  Why the hell not?
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on March 16, 2017, 01:27:13 PM
You've got about 5 minutes to get your brackets locked in!

Any last minute changes?  Make 'em now!

And yes, I'm taking UNC-W, Winthrop, and MTSU to win in the first round.  Why the hell not?

UNC-W won.  I had UVA picked. 
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 16, 2017, 01:35:56 PM
yeah, but Winthrop is letting me down :(
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 16, 2017, 01:44:46 PM
UNC-W won.  I had UVA picked. 

No, they didn't - UVA won 76-71.
I had UNC-W into the Sweet 16, too, so that really hurts.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on March 16, 2017, 01:47:34 PM
Yep. Was glancing at it too quick.  And i had uncw also.

Am i looking at the group correctly, no 2 of us picked the same team to win.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 16, 2017, 03:44:09 PM
Am i looking at the group correctly, no 2 of us picked the same team to win.

wow - you're right!

And 'Nova doesn't really count b/c even though that bracket "belongs" to me, it's just the straight favorite seedings that I put in there for us to compare against.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 16, 2017, 07:45:24 PM
I picked the turtles to lose.  Turtle soup is excellent!
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 16, 2017, 07:50:52 PM
This is really weird.  We had 8 people enter a bracket.  Everyone picked a different winner.

Admittedly, Metal Dog picked Arizona which is the same as my picking my 14 year old deaf and blind dog - but everyone picked a different team.

There are 15 people in my office pool, and only 5 teams picked to win.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: MetalDog on March 16, 2017, 08:26:43 PM
We'll see.  Who knows, maybe Duke will win it all?
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 16, 2017, 08:45:35 PM
FGCU v FSU is turning into a dunk-fest...
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Sir Slash on March 16, 2017, 10:06:32 PM
All over now. FGCU Got dunked last.  :'(
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 17, 2017, 04:26:55 AM
Day 1 standings

My PPR took a serious hit w/ UNC-W and Winthrop both going out


RANK  BRACKET        R64     R32  S16   E8     F4   NCG    CHAMPION     PPR     TOTAL     PCT
1     Bison          150     0     0     0     0     0     Gonzaga      1760     150     99.2
2*    Straight Chalk 140     0     0     0     0     0     Villanova    1760     140     93.6
2*    dook sucks     140     0     0     0     0     0     UNC          1760     140     93.6
4*    KyzBP          130     0     0     0     0     0     Kentucky     1760     130     73.7
4*    MetalDog       130     0     0     0     0     0     Arizona      1740     130     73.7
4*    bayonetbrant   130     0     0     0     0     0     Louisville   1720     130     73.7
7     Marty Ward     120     0     0     0     0     0     Kansas       1760     120     51.0
8     OJsDad         110     0     0     0     0     0     UCLA         1740     110     30.6
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on March 17, 2017, 05:53:21 AM
None of my picks that lost yesterday are going to hurt too much, as I picked them all to lose in the second round, except for VCU, I picked them to lose in the sweet 16. 
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 17, 2017, 12:00:29 PM
I found a reason for Mirth to care about the tournament!  Apparently Bill Murray's son is an ass't coach for Xavier.

http://www.goxavier.com/coaches.aspx?rc=199&path=mbball
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 17, 2017, 08:40:31 PM
Ouch! SMU let me down.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 17, 2017, 08:42:36 PM
Creighton was my biggest loss so far had them making it to the sweet 16.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 18, 2017, 07:16:28 AM
Ouch! SMU let me down.

SMU hurt a LOT of people
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 18, 2017, 07:30:55 AM
How the &$%#@ am I in first place?  Won't last, of course - notice who has the fewest PPR....



RANK  BRACKET, OWNER    R64   R32  S16  E8    F4  NCG   CHAMPION    PPR    TOTAL    PCT
1     bayonetbrant      270    0    0    0    0    0    Louisville  1480    270    94.9
2*    Straight Chalk    260    0    0    0    0    0    Villanova   1600    260    86.1
2*    Marty Ward        260    0    0    0    0    0    Kansas      1600    260    86.1
2*    Bison             260    0    0    0    0    0    Gonzaga     1580    260    86.1
2*    MetalDog          260    0    0    0    0    0    Arizona     1580    260    86.1
6     dook sucks        250    0    0    0    0    0    UNC         1540    250    68.2
7*    KyzBP             240    0    0    0    0    0    Kentucky    1600    240    51.3
7*    OJsDad            240    0    0    0    0    0    UCLA        1560    240    51.3


Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on March 18, 2017, 04:49:22 PM
Wisconsin beat Villanova.  That'll screw up a lot of brackets.

The Big10 teams have been hurting me this week.  Winning when I picked them to lose and losing when I picked them to lose. 
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on March 18, 2017, 05:27:04 PM
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: KyzBP on March 18, 2017, 06:19:16 PM
Well that was fun.  >:(

Same time next year?
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 18, 2017, 06:26:10 PM
I picked Villanova to make it to the finals.  Unless the Tar Heels win it all I'm probably out.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 18, 2017, 06:29:48 PM
Well that was fun.  >:(

Same time next year?

Don't give up hope yet.  If Kentucky wins it all you will win the pool.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: KyzBP on March 18, 2017, 06:43:12 PM
Well that was fun.  >:(

Same time next year?

Don't give up hope yet.  If Kentucky wins it all you will win the pool.

True but I have Michigan and AZ as my other 2 Final Four teams.   :idiot2:
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on March 18, 2017, 07:04:17 PM
Two of my final 4 teams are out, Villanova and FSU.  Need Michigan and UCLA to make it the Final 4 and for UCLA to win it all.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 18, 2017, 09:56:32 PM
Iowa State losing hurt.  Good game at the end, but they put themselves in a deep hole with their first half play.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 19, 2017, 05:53:43 AM
I think Villanova probably f'ed everyone equally, since we all had them making a deep run

Straight Chalk is in the lead, but won't last into next weekend with 'Nova going out.


RANK BRACKET, OWNER    R64    R32   S16   CHAMPION    PPR   TOTAL    PCT
1    Straight Chalk    260    120    0    Villanova   840    380    97.3
2    dook sucks        250    120    0    UNC        1100    370    91.1
3    Bison             260    100    0    Gonzaga    1260    360    86.3
4    bayonetbrant      270     80    0    Louisville 1240    350    79.4
5*   MetalDog          260     80    0    Arizona    1320    340    70.7
5*   Marty Ward        260     80    0    Kansas     1120    340    70.7
7*   KyzBP             240     80    0    Kentucky   1120    320    50.4
7*   OJsDad            240     80    0    UCLA       1020    320    50.4


Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 19, 2017, 12:23:10 PM
Well down goes another of my Final Four teams.  I'm actually ok with it, because I cannot stand Rick Pitino.  He's one of the bigger douchebag coaches in collegiate athletics. 
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 19, 2017, 03:48:31 PM
well, I'm out.

Louisville didn't make it out of the first weekend.  Hard to win the title when you can't win a second round game...
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on March 19, 2017, 07:08:35 PM
Anyone know why all of the West bracket games are being played on the same day and not spread out over 2 days like the other brackets.  All 1st round were played Thursday, 2nd round were played Saturday.  If you look at Sweet 16, they're both played on the same day.  The other brackets have 1 games each day. 
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 19, 2017, 08:38:34 PM
My other alma mater is giving Duke all they can handle right now
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 19, 2017, 10:00:06 PM
Go Gamechickens Go!  :DD

Successful NCAA Tourney already!  UNC made the sweet 16 again and dook lost!  <:-)

[Brant - I did not know you had a gamechicken connection.  I got my Ph.D. there - but have no sports affiliation.]

I think that Brant is the only one left who cannot win the pool.  Everyone else has a shot.

And more idiots (or worshipers of evil) picked Dook in my office pool than any other team.   :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 20, 2017, 04:49:46 AM
I got my Masters there, but I don't really follow their sports at all.  During the 2-1/2 years I was there, I went to one USC game - a dreadfully bad basketball game btw USC and Ole Miss.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 20, 2017, 04:55:07 AM

RANK  BRACKET, OWNER    R64    R32    CHAMPION     PPR   TOTAL    PCT
1    Straight Chalk     260    240    Villanova    600    500    97.9
2    dook sucks         250    220    UNC          920    470    85.0
3*   KyzBP KyzT333      240    220    Kentucky     920    460    79.4
3*   Marty Ward         260    200    Kansas       920    460    79.4
5*   OJsDad             240    200    UCLA         880    440    64.8
5*   Bison36 Bison      260    180    Gonzaga      800    440    64.8
7    bayonetbrant       270    140    Louisville   520    410    41.0
8    MetalDog's Year    260    140    Arizona     1040    400    33.9




yeah, I'm pretty fooked
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: KyzBP on March 20, 2017, 06:35:35 AM

RANK  BRACKET, OWNER    R64    R32    CHAMPION     PPR   TOTAL    PCT
1    Straight Chalk     260    240    Villanova    600    500    97.9
2    dook sucks         250    220    UNC          920    470    85.0
3*   KyzBP KyzT333      240    220    Kentucky     920    460    79.4
3*   Marty Ward         260    200    Kansas       920    460    79.4
5*   OJsDad             240    200    UCLA         880    440    64.8
5*   Bison36 Bison      260    180    Gonzaga      800    440    64.8
7    bayonetbrant       270    140    Louisville   520    410    41.0
8    MetalDog's Year    260    140    Arizona     1040    400    33.9




yeah, I'm pretty fooked

Woot!  In striking distance.  Take that Straight Chalk.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 20, 2017, 09:34:27 AM
Yeah, Straight Chalk is always just for entertainment – to see how your  picks do against the NCAA seeding :)
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: KyzBP on March 20, 2017, 09:51:58 AM
Yeah, Straight Chalk is always just for entertainment – to see how your  picks do against the NCAA seeding :)

Well, as usual, Straight Chalk is kicking our behinds but this year it looks like we'll get the upper hand.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 20, 2017, 09:55:15 AM
There is no way Straight Chalk stays on top this season.  The Villanova loss sunk its chances.  My goal is simply to place higher than the committee picks, which may end up being a challenge.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 20, 2017, 10:44:44 AM
Yeah, Straight Chalk is always just for entertainment – to see how your  picks do against the NCAA seeding :)

Well, as usual, Straight Chalk is kicking our behinds but this year it looks like we'll get the upper hand.

Just out of curiosity, I went back and checked how Straight Chalk / Straight Faves finished in previous years:

2016: tied for 2nd w/ 40Cent, but just barely

2015: 4th out of 10, but that was the year Kentucky was expected to roll the field and Wisconsin saved Western Civilization by kneecapping a team with 7 first-round picks in the national semis

2014: The last bracket I posted had them on top, but Bison ultimately won it.  Not sure where Straight Chalk finally finished

2013: I won with an insane amount of points, thanks largely to picking UofL to win, and Michigan to make the Final Four.  Straight Chalk finished in a 3-way tie for third.  But did I mention that I racked up over 1300 points, for the most dominant win in GH history?  If not, I really should.  I mean, it's not that often that someone kicks the tournament's ass that badly, and we really should celebrate it when it happens.  I mean, the winner finished 240 points clear of 2nd place, which is like, almost the entire Round of 32 total that most folks max out with!

2012:  Chalk finished second, behind Bison, who somehow managed to score more points that year than our un-named Dominator Of All Brackets™ did in 2013.  FWIW, the margin of victory wasn't as big as 2013, so I'm claiming that feather-in-the-cap for myself  ::)  I'm sure there's Common Core math to blame there.  That was the year Kentucky rolled and over half of us picked someone else to win.

events held prior to 2011 are null and void due to their association with somewhere we'd rather not claim if we can help it.  Sorry, KyzBP. :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: KyzBP on March 20, 2017, 02:20:03 PM
"events held prior to 2011 are null and void due to their association with somewhere we'd rather not claim if we can help it.  Sorry, KyzBP. :coolsmiley:"

I had a good run on that other site.  As long as you remember it, it will be almost immortalized.  I'm feeling like I could make a run for it now.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 20, 2017, 02:26:29 PM
Huh.  I've won more of these brackets than I would have ever thought. 
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 20, 2017, 06:50:16 PM
Unless I've lost my mind, I've won a couple of times here and "elsewhere."

I've only won my office pool twice in the last 10 years - but it has a lot more members.

I won here last year.  My wife and I have already "won" this year since UNC made the Sweet 16 and Dook tanked again because Grayson has trouble tripping chickens.  We "win" again because the finals will be played when we are on a cruise.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 20, 2017, 07:16:07 PM
Airboy - just to clarify, the listing above was where the "Straight Chalk" bracket had finished over the years, comparing the NCAA seeding to our picks.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on March 23, 2017, 08:29:50 PM
Well, I'm pretty much done.  Three of my final four teams are out (thanks Michigan!).  So far, none of my elite 8 picks have made it. 
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 23, 2017, 08:37:07 PM
Well, I'm pretty much done.  Three of my final four teams are out (thanks Michigan!).  So far, none of my elite 8 picks have made it.

You are still in it.  If UCLA wins, you will win.  Nobody else picked UCLA to make it to the final four.  If you are right on UCLA you will win going away.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 23, 2017, 10:48:27 PM
Wow what an outstanding performance by Xavier tonight.  Great game.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: KyzBP on March 24, 2017, 02:31:27 AM
Well, I'm pretty much done.  Three of my final four teams are out (thanks Michigan!).  So far, none of my elite 8 picks have made it.
Ditto.  :(
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 24, 2017, 04:38:22 AM
With Arizona going down, I'm now out of both of my title game teams.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 24, 2017, 04:44:16 AM

RANK BRACKET, OWNER          R64    R32   S16   E8    F4  NCG   CHAMPION    PPR   TOTAL    PCT
1    Straight Chalk          260    240    80    0    0    0    Villanova   480    580    94.6
2    avery knows dook sucks  250    220    80    0    0    0    UNC         800    550    81.8
3    Marty Ward              260    200    80    0    0    0    Kansas      720    540    77.4
4    KyzBP                   240    220    40    0    0    0    Kentucky    640    500    56.2
5*   Bison                   260    180    40    0    0    0    Gonzaga     720    480    45.2
5*   OJsDad                  240    200    40    0    0    0    UCLA        680    480    45.2
5*   MetalDog                260    140    80    0    0    0    Arizona     360    480    45.2
8    bayonetbrant            270    140     0    0    0    0    Louisville  160    410    17.0



What's crazy is that I had a better first round than anyone - even the Straight Chalk bracket - and have completely fallen off the map after that.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: MetalDog on March 24, 2017, 04:54:37 AM
I'd like to thank Arizona for making this *NOT* my year  L:-)
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on March 24, 2017, 05:38:46 AM
Airboy, your right.  I have 3 teams that play today, that if they win, will help me a lot.

KyzBP and I go head to head with our picks for national champions tonight.  One will continue one with a chance of overall victory and the other will be left a bloody pulp lying in a muddy puddle in a cold spring rain.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Marty Ward on March 24, 2017, 07:19:32 AM
At least I  only need to check one side of the brackets. I am completely done on the left side!
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 24, 2017, 10:04:05 AM
Yeah the top half of my bracket is all crossed off too.  I was really hoping Kansas would lose to Iowa State for the third time this year.../sigh/
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: KyzBP on March 24, 2017, 10:11:47 AM
Airboy, your right.  I have 3 teams that play today, that if they win, will help me a lot.

KyzBP and I go head to head with our picks for national champions tonight.  One will continue one with a chance of overall victory and the other will be left a bloody pulp lying in a muddy puddle in a cold spring rain.

I feel cold and wet already. :-\
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 24, 2017, 01:32:33 PM
I cannot be the sacrificial goat this year.  I've at least got Brant beat if everything else goes to hell.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 24, 2017, 01:36:59 PM
I cannot be the sacrificial goat this year.  I've at least got Brant beat if everything else goes to hell.

It looks like you are sitting in the best position as far as final four teams go.  Ultimately it's going to depend on who picked the winner, unless some how a dark horse team like Xavier wins it all.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 24, 2017, 01:39:22 PM
Tonight's south bracket is really going to go a long way in sorting out who the winner will be.  Kentucky v. UCLA and Butler v. UNC.  Three of those teams are someone's pick for the winner.  Eek!  Don't let me down Butler!
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 24, 2017, 02:15:48 PM
I cannot be the sacrificial goat this year.  I've at least got Brant beat if everything else goes to hell.

that's setting the bar pretty low this year!
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Marty Ward on March 24, 2017, 02:52:43 PM
I cannot be the sacrificial goat this year.  I've at least got Brant beat if everything else goes to hell.

It looks like you are sitting in the best position as far as final four teams go.  Ultimately it's going to depend on who picked the winner, unless some how a dark horse team like Xavier wins it all.

They way the scoring goes if you just pick the final 4, the final and the winner and you probably win. Out of the 130+ games you really only need to pick the right 15.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 24, 2017, 03:55:16 PM
I cannot be the sacrificial goat this year.  I've at least got Brant beat if everything else goes to hell.

It looks like you are sitting in the best position as far as final four teams go.  Ultimately it's going to depend on who picked the winner, unless some how a dark horse team like Xavier wins it all.

They way the scoring goes if you just pick the final 4, the final and the winner and you probably win. Out of the 130+ games you really only need to pick the right 15.

Yep.  Somewhere "else" I got the final four, the finals, and the winner right.  I was in the top 0.5% of the country at ESPN.  Killed everyone in my office pool.

I stopped sweating this years ago.  I try to figure out who the final 8 will be.  Then the final 4, finals and winner.  I do the rest of it pretty quick.  I admit that I picked Xavier to reach the sweet 16, but that was part and parcel of my picking dook to get knocked out early.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 24, 2017, 05:57:47 PM
Well Butler is not playing well in the 1st half so far.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 24, 2017, 07:34:52 PM
GO COCKS!
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 24, 2017, 07:48:22 PM
Yeah Baylor laid an egg in that one.  However, I felt that Baylor was overrated all season. 
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 24, 2017, 08:21:07 PM
I'm amazed that South Carolina made it to the Final 8.  My wife told me that SC had never won an NCAA Tournament Mens BB game until this year.  I still find that hard to believe.

Brant - as a Gamechicken alum you have no idea how many bad gamechicken things that I can throw out there.  I've known tons of Clemson people for 35 years and I've seen it all.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 24, 2017, 10:10:56 PM
With Kentucky winning I can't finish any lower than middle of the pack.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Sir Slash on March 25, 2017, 09:34:25 AM
For those of you poor Sods that didn't stay-up to 1am this morning, you missed maybe the best BB game ending in history. Florida scores 3 to win at the buzzer beating Wisconsin by 1 point.  :bd:
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 25, 2017, 11:21:05 AM
you missed maybe the best BB game ending in history

There is only one correct answer to that statement

Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 25, 2017, 11:21:49 AM
but yes, I did flip over from the US 6-0 thrashing of Honduras in time to catch the OT winner and can't believe that Wisconsin didn't put someone in front of him!
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Sir Slash on March 25, 2017, 09:01:07 PM
True enough. They only needed to throw him off stride or slow him down. The buzzer sounded with the ball in the air after his shot.  :o
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 26, 2017, 09:43:53 AM
One of my buddies at work picked Oregon to beat Kansas.  If the Heels win it all, he may show up on the ESPN top 50 leaderboard.   I'm a dead man walking in the office pool.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 26, 2017, 02:45:31 PM
at this point, I don't care how badly I finish ;D
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 26, 2017, 06:28:03 PM
Down to me and Bison. :bd:
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on March 26, 2017, 07:57:21 PM
Yes, I finished last   :nerd:  <:-) 
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 26, 2017, 08:14:58 PM

RANK BRACKET, OWNER        R64   R32   S16   E8   F4  NCG  CHAMPION   PPR  TOTAL   PCT
1   Straight Chalk         260   240   160   160   0   0   Villanova    -   820   97.9
2   avery knows dook sucks 250   220   160   160   0   0   UNC        480   790   92.7
3   Marty Ward             260   200   160     0   0   0   Kansas       -   620   53.1
4   stophro                260   140   120    80   0   0   Arizona    160   600   46.4
5   KyzBP                  240   220   120     0   0   0   Kentucky     -   580   39.9
6   Bison                  260   180    40    80   0   0   Gonzaga    480   560   33.6
7   bayonetbrant           270   140    40    80   0   0   Louisville   -   530   25.5
8   OJsDad                 240   200    40     0   0   0   UCLA         -   480   15.2


I want to thank OJsDad for making me feel better.  I know it was a big ask, but we're so proud of you for being up to the task.

It's still mathematically possible for Straight Chalk to finish on top of the heap.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: MetalDog on March 26, 2017, 09:44:48 PM
I shouldn't do any worse than 5th.  At least I will be in front of Brant  :-"
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 26, 2017, 09:49:10 PM
Well Airboy is sitting in a much better position than I am for sure.  I need Gonzaga to win it all, since those are the only points I have remaining.  Should be an exciting final four finish next week end.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: KyzBP on March 27, 2017, 06:37:06 AM
Well, it looks like it's baseball season.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 27, 2017, 09:51:59 AM
If the Heels win one more game, Straight Chalk goes down.  If Gonzaga takes it all, Bison will beat straight chalk.

I'm hoping for an all Carolina Finals.  One of my alma maters would be national champs.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 27, 2017, 03:58:18 PM
I'm not sure how the points breakdown, but I think for me to win I need Gonzaga to win it all and North Carolina to lose against Oregon.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on March 28, 2017, 12:09:49 PM
I'm not sure how the points breakdown, but I think for me to win I need Gonzaga to win it all and North Carolina to lose against Oregon.

If it is a Carolina-Gonzaga finals and the Heels fall short again this year - you would clip me by 10 points.  That would be an epically close finish.
But hopefully UNC will win it all again!
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on March 28, 2017, 01:20:53 PM
I'll be ecstatic as long as the chickens don't choke!
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 28, 2017, 04:42:19 PM
I'll be ecstatic as long as the chickens don't choke!

There's a joke to be made about this statement, but I try to keep this place family friendly.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on March 28, 2017, 04:42:40 PM
I'm not sure how the points breakdown, but I think for me to win I need Gonzaga to win it all and North Carolina to lose against Oregon.

If it is a Carolina-Gonzaga finals and the Heels fall short again this year - you would clip me by 10 points.  That would be an epically close finish.
But hopefully UNC will win it all again!

Really?  Wow that would be epic.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on April 01, 2017, 09:26:49 PM
Great games tonight.  I thought that the North Carolina and Oregon game was pretty sloppy in comparison to the South Carolina and Gonzaga game.  It should be a great championship game between North Carolina and Gonzaga. 
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Bison on April 03, 2017, 09:42:17 PM
Congrats to Airboy for winning the bracket this year. 

I'm not upset that Gonzaga lost, but that was one of the worst officiated championship games.  The Zags killed themselves in the second half with too long a scoreless drought.  But good god did the officiating really dictate the pace and tempo of the game.  Just a shame considering how well played a game it was in the first half.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Sir Slash on April 03, 2017, 09:48:05 PM
Yes, neither team looked too good tonight and the Refs kind of took over the game. Some bad calls too. Congrats to UNC-- NCAA Champs.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: MetalDog on April 03, 2017, 09:57:35 PM
Congrats to the Tar Heels and airboy!
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on April 04, 2017, 04:02:44 AM
Congrats to Airboy, who isn't even in town to celebrate :)

I honestly dozed off in the first half, went to bed at halftime, and didn't find out what happened until about 10 minutes ago.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: OJsDad on April 04, 2017, 05:46:57 AM
Congrats Airboy.

I didn't see any of the game, but it looks like the officiating was pretty bad in the second half, as Bison stated above.   

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaabk/referees-absurdly-take-over-national-title-game-twitter-revolts/ar-BBziyJN?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: bayonetbrant on April 04, 2017, 05:49:11 AM
one stat I saw said there were 74 possessions and 44 fouls called, so over half of the possessions...
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Marty Ward on April 04, 2017, 06:23:39 AM
Congrats airboy.
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: Sir Slash on April 04, 2017, 08:04:55 AM
Way to go Airboy! U-Da Man.  :notworthy:
Title: Re: The Xth Annual GrogHeads March Madness Bracket Challenge!
Post by: airboy on April 04, 2017, 09:05:45 AM
Thanks!

One of the best tourneys with UNC and SC winning.   The women had the same final as the SEC final that I went to.

Very poor internet on the ship.