Archive for the ‘March Madness’ Category

Lorenzo Charles died this week, but will always be remembered for his last-second putback in the 1983 NCAA Tournament Championship Game to give NC State the Title. It’s one of the greatest endings to a game ever, capped off of course by Jim Valvano looking for someone to hug.

A Girl Knows More About Sports Than Me

Posted: April 18, 2011 by Keith Stone in chicks, comeuppance, March Madness

As part of losing my March Madness Battle of the Sexes with CurlySue, I was forced to stand in the middle of Times Square with a sign that says, “A girl knows more about sports than me.” In a related story, join me in The Suite for extended NBA and NHL Playoff coverage later this week. This was one of the low points of my life. Here are the pictures. If you love Asian tourists, this is right up your alley.


>I Told Ya So

Posted: March 29, 2011 by Keith Stone in comeuppance, March Madness

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A few weeks ago, when everyone was complaining about the First Four and how it made figuring out the brackets so difficult, I wrote that people needed to shut up because we were getting two more quality teams and games in the tournament. Well, I hate to do this but it needs to be said. I TOLD YA SO!
Now, tiny Virginia Commonwealth is in the Final Four and things are a whole lot more interesting. I mean, their coach’s name is Shaka. Sure beats having boring Kansas still in the tourney. If VCU dances past midnight, how long is it until Disney makes a movie about them? I wonder if Terrence Howard is available to play Coach Shaka?

>Jabronis of the Week: Duke Blue Devils

Posted: March 28, 2011 by Keith Stone in chicks, Duke, jabronis, March Madness

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Facing an 11-point deficit heading into the Sweet 16, Duke was my last shot at beating CurlySue in our March Madness Battle of the Sexes. With a impressive first half and six-point lead over Arizona at halftime, I thought Duke had me well on my way to redemption and started watching The Office on my DVR. Michael finally proposed to Holly, but then I turned back to the game and the Blue Devils were down by double-digits en route to a 93-77 loss.

I always pick Duke to lose in the second round and then last year they went all the way. Naturally, I picked them to go to the title game this time around and they bomb out. That wouldn’t be so bad because I hate Duke and all its entitled bandwagon fans but of course, they were my last vestige of hope against the scourge of a sweetheart named CurlySue. So yes, before the Elite Eight even began, I was defeated by a chick who thinks a lane violation is cause for a traffic ticket. Coach K, baby, have fun recruiting tall white kids this summer but call me next year and I’ll let you know if you should over or underachieve. Until then, you’re a jabroni, brother.

>March Madness Battle of the Sexes: Guys Weekend

Posted: March 24, 2011 by Keith Stone in chicks, March Madness

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With a 50-39 lead in our March Madness challenge, CurlySue has been taunting my manhood relentlessly. Little does she know that this is all part of my master plan. Make the girl feel good about herself and then remind her she’s not as smart as a man, she’ll do anything you want. CurlySue is going to be making me mashed potatoes all summer. This is the weekend I take control. Here are the picks for the remainder of the tournament:

Elite Eight:
Stone: Ohio St., North Carolina, Duke, UConn, Kansas, Notre Dame,Wisconsin, UCLA
CurlySue: Ohio St., North Carolina, Arizona, UConn, Kansas, Purdue, Pitt, Florida

Final Four:
Stone: Ohio St., Duke, Notre Dame, UCLA
CurlySue: Ohio St., UConn, Kansas, Pitt

Championship:
Stone: Notre Dame def. Duke—136 points
CurlySue: Kansas def. Ohio St.—123 points

If I lose, it’s going to be so embarrassing. Let’s go Duke, huh?

>March Madness Battle of the Sexes Sweet 16

Posted: March 22, 2011 by Keith Stone in chicks, March Madness

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CurlySue somehow nailed 12 of the Sweet 16. I got 7 and my champion, Notre Dame, was eliminated. The Curly One now holds a 50-39 advantage in our competition. She cannot, however, pee while standing. Advantage: Stone.

>March Madness Battle of the Sexes Round 2

Posted: March 19, 2011 by Keith Stone in chicks, March Madness

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Well, CurlySue takes an early 26-25 lead into Round 2. Beginner’s luck. Now, make me a sandwich. Here are the Sweet 16 picks:

Stone: OSU, WVU, Syracuse, UNC, Duke, Texas, UConn, SDSU, Kansas, Louisville, Purdue, Notre Dame, Pitt, Wisconsin, Gonzaga, UCLA

CurlySue: OSU, WVU, Xavier, UNC, Duke, Arizona, UConn, SDSU, Kansas, Richmond, Purdue, Florida St., Pitt, Wisconsin, BYU, Florida

Who’s excited for the white-out tomorrow? Brigham Young vs. Gonzaga! Is it snowing? Even I could play in that game. Actually, no. No, I couldn’t.

>March Madness Battle of the Sexes

Posted: March 17, 2011 by Keith Stone in chicks, March Madness

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I love girls. They’re great at making me a sandwich and wasting money on shoes. However, they’re not great at being a sports fan. It’s fine to have them sit silently in the corner while the game is on, but once they ask what a 3-second violation is, it’s time to leave the room. My friend CurlySue fancies herself a different type of chick and has challenged me to a 1-on-1 March Madness bracket competition. It’s cute that she thinks she can win by picking teams based on their colors and which city has the best shopping. Scoring per round is 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 25. I just hope I don’t clinch the victory before the Final Four so I can prolong the agony. Once I win, CurlySue has promised to be a Dayyyyyyyyyyyyuuuuuuuuuuuuum Girl. If by some miracle she pulls off the upset, I will stand in the middle of Times Square with a sign admitting that a girl can do more than pump out babies. It’s on.

Here are the underdogs that we have getting to the second round:

Stone: Princeton, Georgia, Missouri, Illinois, Florida St., Gonzaga
CurlySue: Villanova, Indiana St., Georgia, Tennessee, Richmond, Morehead St., VCU, Florida St., Gonzaga

LOOK HOW MANY UPSETS THE POOR GIRL PICKED! SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TEACH HER HOW THE SEEDING WORKS!

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I’m not a college basketball fan, but March Madness is pretty awesome. Like fantasy football, filling out brackets is a great way for a casual fan to get more involved. But there’s always a couple of people that take things way too seriously. If you’ve ever been at a bar and some dude is cheering loudly for your team and suddenly curses them out because the wrong running back scored a TD, you know what I mean.

This year, the NCAA added 3 additional teams and 3 additional play-in games. Two of those games are between the last at-large teams accepted into the field. These are legit teams with a real chance to advance a round or two, not Northeast South Dakota State University. We’re getting two extra good games to enjoy, but so many people are complaining, “Oh no, I used to have four whole days to break down my bracket! Now I might have to change it at the last minute! Wahhhhhhhhh!”

I hate the people that don’t know half the teams, then act like a scientist when it comes to picking their bracket. Just fill it out. It takes five minutes. Don’t act like USC advancing is going to affect whether you win or lose. You know the chick in the cubicle over that loves Glee is going to win anyways. So America, enjoy your extra two good games and sorry you can’t have another four days before you have to submit your bracket. It’s Madness.