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March Madness bracket challenge

March 14, 2011

It’s that time of year again, fellow sports fans.

The excitement, the drama, the tears and upsets–all leading up to the big dance. Will you be the one to pick the right teams to shoot their way to the Final Four?

Or are you still feeling the burn from last years mess of a bracket, the bracket barely anyone was able to get through without shock at the outcomes?

Here is your time for redemption.

Once again, Miss Sportaholic is offering the same challenge as last year. Beat the Sportaholic and her friends and you will get a free prize.

What is the prize? Same deal as last year. I have ideas in mind, but leave comments on what type of prize you would like if you win, and if others vote on the best idea, I will consider that and if your idea is the one that gets the most votes you might also win a prize!

Simply click on this link and fill out your bracket.

Yes, it is that easy. And leave a comment after saying what type of prize you would like to win and let the games begin!

Good luck and may the luckiest person win—which we all know in March Madness, luck and blind picks may be your best option.

 

**Don’t forget to check back here for updates on the tournament and the top winners each round.

This is truly a march madness

March 22, 2010

With the sweet 16 games set and ready to be played, how many people could have possibly predicted half the games lost and won?

The biggest upset by far was the Northern Iowa and Kansas game. I myself picked Kansas to win overall as did 90+% of Americans. Apparently only 0.9% of people who filled out brackets at http://www.espn.com predicted that game—and I am sure we can all assume where they live.

Twelfth-seeded Cornell became the highest seed to advance to the Sweet 16 this year as they knocked off Wisconsin, 87-69. It’s the first Sweet 16 appearance for the Big Red, and just the third ever for the Ivy League; the last team from the Ivy League to get this far was Penn in 1979.

For all you Maryland fans out there, a real heart-breaker if you saw the game against Michigan State. With an 8-0 run in the final few minutes of the game, it looked as if the Terps might pull out the victory, especially after taking the lead by one point with 6-seconds to go with a shot by Grieves Vasquez.

But Vasquez should have waited a second or two longer to make that basket.

If he had, Korie Lucious of Mich St. would never have had the chance to say a quick prayer as he took the 3-point shot heard round the state of Maryland—ending the game at 85-83 with Mich St. advancing to the sweet 16. (more…)

Upsets in the first round of the NCAA tourney; top brackets in the sportaholic pool

March 20, 2010

The first round of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament ended last night with some expected–and some stunning–victories.

Most shocking so far was the Ohio and Georgetown game. Did anyone else see that coming? I think every other upset could have been predicted, so unless you are from Ohio; let me know if you chose this #14 seed over the favored #3 Beast from the East team.

Other upsets was  #13 Murray State over #4 Vanderbilt,  though this game wasn’t as big of a surprise as Murray State is a strong and athletic team and proved it with  Donero Thomas’ buzzer beating shot.

Some other upsets that weren’t as shocking were:

# 10 St. Mary’s over #7 Richmond 80-71;
#11 ODU over #6 Notre Dame; 51-50;
#11 Washington over #6 Marquette 80-78;
#12  Cornell over #5 Temple 78-65;
#10 Missouri over #7 Clemson 86-78.

In my bracket pool so far, here are the top 10 brackets:

Rank Name Number of points
1 Charm city sportaholic, G. Wittstadt 250
1 Where’s UMBC?, M. Huber 250
3 Pohlmann is God, J. Pohlmnann 240
4 Boozers 101,B. Arvin 230
4 Major PhD, P.Dorsey 230
4 Neverseenit, R.Hattrup 230
4 Krobey286 1, K.R. 230
8 LindsayP803, L.P. 220
8 Soliddisco,C. Fong 220
10 Pete’s Picks, P.DiLutis 210

Let the Madness begin–upsets in the tournament

March 18, 2010

For those of you who are either stuck at work or too hungover from St. Patrick’s Day festivities and missed the first games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, you have missed some pretty exciting games.

First big game and upset was #11 Old Dominion University over #6 Notre Dame in the final seconds. Final score was ODU 51-50. The luck of the Irish must have run out as the buzzer sounded, ending the Fighting Irish’s season.

In double overtime, #7 Brigham Young University overcame the #10 Florida Gators 99-96. BYU advances to the next round as the Gators head back to Florida.

In another overtime game, #2 Villanova barely escaped a scare by #15 Robert Morris by finally ending the game 73-70.

In the biggest upset so far this tournament, #13 Murray State took #4 Vanderbilt’s chances of going further in the tournament as Murray State hit a buzzer beater winning shot, leaving the score 66-65.

Number 3 Baylor went back and forth in another close game against #14 Sam Houston State; Baylor ended the game 68-59 over SHS.

Currently, #10 St. Mary’s is trying to break their curse of losing in the first round as they have for the past four years in the NCAA tournament. With less than three minutes left, St. Mary’s keeps #7 Richmond Spiders at bay 70-59. Can they pull it out?

Keep checking the site for more updates–and for those who joined my bracket challenge, at the end of this first round I will put up highest scores for each bracket.

Enjoy the games.

Can you beat the Sportaholic–NCAA brackets

March 17, 2010

Do you have the right picks this March Madness to beat the sportaholic and all her friends?

Well, it’s time to get in on the excitement with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with my challenge to you.

It’s simple. Complete a bracket by the first tip of the tournament on Thursday, March 18th by going to:

http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/en/frontpage
Join my group— Charm City Sportaholic. Fill out your bracket and check this blog for updates on the top scores every round.

Is there a catch? You tell me: It is  FREE to enter.  If you beat me and are the overall winner, you get a prize from me.

Many of you have already tried guessing the prize—beer, alcohol, a kiss, a Friendly’s sundae, a date with my sister or some other sexual things (you boys have a one-track mind).

But it is a surprise, everyone. You want to know what I give the winner? Pick the best bracket and find out.

Good luck everyone!

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The Terps on senior night overtake Duke, tying for first in ACC

March 4, 2010

It might have taken them three years to do it.

It might have been the last game for Grieves Vasquez to play at Comcast Center.

And maybe it was not a game anyone would have predicted back in November.

But any way, the University of Maryland Terrapins took control of their senior night game to overcome their rivals, the Duke Bluedevils, 79-72.

The first 16 minutes of the game was in Maryland control.

Vasquez had quite a few showboat moves that might not have been necessary, especially when Duke, as expected, went on a 12-2 run, closing the 14-point comfortable lead the Terps had—leaving the score at halftime 40-38 Terps.

But that halftime locker room talk once again got the Terps going in the second half.

Vasquez, with 20 points in his senior game; Sean Mosley, who’s shooting game was impeccable with 11-points; the freshman big man, Jordan Williams, unstoppable in the paint with 15-points and 11-rebounds; Adrian Bowie, with 9 points and didn’t miss any; all knew this was an important game, wanted the W, so they took it.

A game with multiple ties– and a close one the whole way through the second half–and the energy at Comcast Center helping keep the players flying as monstrous dunk after dunk were scored by the Terps, in particular to be remembered by Landon Milbourne with his one-handed dunk. (more…)

Vasquez leads MD in double overtime victory over Virgina Tech

February 28, 2010

The University of Maryland Terrapins are unstoppable.

After a three-hour delay in Blacksburg due to a water main break after a van carrying beer to a party in an adjacent building backed into a fire hydrant, the Terps and Virginia Tech finally tipped off to a game that would need extra time to determine the winner; after two overtimes, it was UMD 104-100 over the Hokies, taking the game home.

Greivis Vasquez‘s 41-points in the game and Eric Hayes‘ clutch 5 of 6 points of free throws in the final seconds of the game carried the Terps to victory and leaves their record at 21-7 ( 11-3 ACC).

Nineteen ties, 15 lead changes, three last-second shots in regulation, two overtimes. This game was what college basketball is all about.

Once again, UMD started off slow and was trailing 37-31 at halftime; even star player Vasquez only had 8-points as he followed his teammates into the locker room.

Greivis Vasquez didn't let taunts get to him as he scored 41-points to defeat the Hokies in double OT 104-100

And once again, after the second half began, the Terps proved they deserved to be on the top 25 and that they should not be an underrated team.

And prove it they did.

Was it something said in the locker room?

Or the jeers from the Hokies directed at Vasquez who yelled “USA!” at the Venezuelan native when he was at the free throw line.

Or maybe the Terps just like to toy with their opponents in the first half.

Whatever it was, Vasquez with 33 points in the second half and Sean Mosley‘s 17 points (six of which came in the second overtime)  helped turn the game around in the second half and beyond as the teams fought neck to neck all the way into double overtime to determine the winner.

Those last few seconds in regulation time were edge-of-your-seat-excitement seconds.

– Find out what happened next…>

North Carolina Tar who?

February 24, 2010

The past years national champions are not recognizable this season, especially in tonight’s game.

The University of North Carolina Tarheels are playing Florida State Seminoles at home tonight, and at halftime, they trail by 15.

Not only are they not playing like the Tarheels fans and other ACC teams know them to play, they also are not playing with their trademark baby blue jerseys in honor of the 25th anniversary of the air Jordans.

Under coach Roy Williams, the Heels have won 185 games and lost 50 from 2003-2010, giving him a winning average of 0.787.  The Heels for years have been one of the best teams not only in the ACC, but also a deadly team to face in the NCAA tournament in March.

This year, the boys NOT in blue are not going to be playing March Madness NCAA basketball. Instead, they will be heading to the NIT tournament–most commonly called the Not In Tournament Tournament; one that is for the teams that just couldn’t cut it in the regular season to play in the big games.

Do the Heels belong there? After the way they have been playing this season, I would have to say yes.  The team itself isn’t terrible; they are just new and need to start building again after losing big name players like Tyler Hansbrough.

Coach Williams, with stats after 22 seasons of coaching Kansas and UNC, winning 603 games and losing 151 (101 of those at Kansas).

He also has had 20 NCAA tourney teams , seven final four teams and two NCAA tourney titles since 1980. He also has had 26 draft picks from his teams (all stats can be found at statsheet.com).

Don’t be fooled, Maryland, Duke, Clemson, etc. The Heels won’t be kept down for long. This season might be down the drain for them, but they will soon be back to the team to beat in coming years.

UMD outscored Georgia Tech Saturday with a buzzer beating shot

February 22, 2010

Anyone who missed the University of Maryland game against Georgia Tech on Saturday might still be kicking themselves; I know I am.

At the end of a tight game, it almost seemed like Maryland would be handed their first home loss to another ACC team at Comcast Center.

With 20 seconds left in the chess match-like game, Tech and MD stayed within 1-point of each other but MD had the lead at 73-72.

But then Tech’s freshman  Derrick Favors scored on a put-back layup with 3-seconds left in the game.

It seemed as if the Terps would head into the locker room defeated.

And then what can only be called a cruel joke left Terps fans in disbelief.

Greivis Vasquez, the Terps captain and VIP player,  took a shot–made it–but not before the whistle had blown as Maryland called a timeout before the ball left his hands. With .09 seconds to go, the shot did not count.

“The Vasquez shot was unbelievable, only to have it waved off,” Luke Jones, a member of WNST sports radio who covers all UMD basketball games, said.  “You could tell immediately from Gary Williams’ reaction that he had not been the one to call the timeout…Keith Booth had called it.”

After the refs put the clock back to 1.5 seconds, Eric Hayes in-bounded the ball to Cliff Tucker.

(more…)

sNOw basketball tradition for rivalry game

February 11, 2010

Every year for the University of North Carolina and Duke University basketball games, I am sure to amuse anyone who happens to be out in public with me.

Two of the biggest games of the year for me…for one of the biggest rivalries in sports.

I get decked out. I wear the shirt I made myself declaring my support for the Tar heels and my disdain for the Blue Devils.  Everything I wear is blue and white…and there was one year I do believe I painted my face.

photo from rushthecourt.com

This would be acceptable if I was in Chapel Hill, NC watching the game, or even at my first college, East Carolina University.

But no, I show my fanatic side just uptown at local bars in Towson. Towson, a place where school pride in their sports teams is nonexistent.  Do I look crazy? Absolutely.

The huge snowmageddon kept me inside to watch the game on my couch and only talk ‘smack’ via text messaging and IMing others through Facebook. Would you be able to get excited and intensely into a game this way? Yea, I couldn’t either.

Why is this game so important?

For those who have never heard me during one of these games, or don’t keep up with sports, a poll conducted by ESPN in 2000 ranked the UNC versus Duke rivalry as the third greatest American sports rivalry of all-time. Sports Illustrated on Campus named it the #1 “Hottest Rivalry” in college basketball and the #2 rivalry overall in its November 18, 2003 issue.

The hugeness of the rivalry, which started in a game on Jan. 24, 1920 and played twice a year, is intensified by the proximity of the two schools, located eight miles apart.

Having lived in NC for two years, this rivalry is even a bigger deal than these stats, what you see on TV and what you may have heard.

As Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski once said about the uniqueness of the two school’s geography, “Forget the Big Ten … we share the same dry cleaners … There is no other area like this. It produces things, situations, feelings that you can’t talk to other people about. Because they have no understanding of it.”

Snow would never keep these two teams from playing each other,or ending the rivalry. A tornado wouldn’t keep this game from being played.

But in last night’s defeat to Duke 64-54, UNC buried itself and its season is now over. The chances of the Heels going to the big NCAA tournament this year are as good as all the snow here in Maryland melting by tonight.