What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
If you are like the rest of America today, you woke up noticing those giant, smoldering piles of rubble everywhere. Once you realized those were merely the remains of everybody’s NCAA Basketball bracket, you pretty much went on with your day. If you bothered to do the crash-scene investigation, you might have noticed what killed everybody.
Kansas losing shouldn’t shock anybody. The fact that so many ignored the “Rock-Chalk-out in the 2nd round” recent history of the Jayhawks should (myself included…expletive deleted.) It was as if somehow the memory of Bucknell and Bradley suddenly faded from our collective sports psyches. But even as big as it is, Kansas is only one team. All year long, college basketball fans have been treated to a never-ending cacophony about the Big East being the best conference; that fact being reflected in the Big East getting 7 teams into the tournament. Only one (Syracuse) remains; as many as the unusually terrible Pac-10. Meanwhile, the allegedly weak Big Eleven Ten sees its three regular-season co-champs all advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Toss in the fact your bracket isn’t likely one of the three out there with Northern Iowa, Cornell, and St. Mary’s still alive and it should become clear that it is time to focus on a bracket that hasn’t crumbled yet.
To talk about the NCAA Hockey Tournament seeding means talking about this past weekend’s Western Collegiate Hockey Tournament (WCHA) Broadmoor Trophy action. North Dakota took the trophy once again, and the top four seeds in the WCHA were all selected into the sixteen-team field, with both Denver and Wisconsin getting top spots in the national tournament.
Top spots not withstanding, it is now official. The Dave Hakstol tradition at North Dakota is to have a terrible start, then play like the best team in the country in the second half of the season, then steamroll through the conference tournament, collect the hardware and get a #2 seed in the national tournament.
It also is apparently a key part of this tradition is the Sioux heading east for a potential match-up with Boston College.
|East Region:Albany, New York||Frozen FourDetroit, Michigan||National Champion|
|#1 Denver||#1 Denver||#1 Denver||#1 Denver||
#2 North Dakota
|#4 Rochester Institute of Technology|
|#2 Cornell||#2 Cornell|
|#3 New Hampshire|
|West Region:St. Paul, Minnesota|
|#2 St. Cloud State||#3 Northern Michigan||#1 Wisconsin|
|#3 Northern Michigan|
|#1 Wisconsin||#1 Wisconsin|
|Northeast Region:Worcester, Massachusetts|
|#1 Boston College||#1 Boston College||
#2 North Dakota
#2 North Dakota
|#2 North Dakota||#2 North Dakota|
|Midwest Region:Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|#1 Miami (OH)||#1 Miami (OH)||#1 Miami (OH)|
|#2 Bemidji State||#2 Bemidji State|
But, the three big questions are: Is this the year the Sioux can finally get past the BC Eagles? How long will it take this bracket to be so much wreckage? More importantly, will you have the guts to try a bracket of your own?