What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
The world headquarters of Dubsism…the world’s most interesting independent sports blog…are located in Indiana. With a few precious exceptions, since we made the move to the Hoosier State, the Purdue Boilermakers have been largely insignificant on the college basketball landscape.
But this year, things are different. The Boilers have spent most of this season as a top ten team; they’ve been ranked as high as #3. Much of that success (but certainly not all) is attributable to one of the best “big men” in the country, and one that hasn’t garnered much attention outside of B1G Ten nation. At 7’2″ and 290 pounds, senior center Isaac Haas is certainly “Hoss” sized; hell, he’s as big as the entire Ponderosa.
That’s right, sports fans…get ready for a lot of “Bonanza” jokes. See, we here at Dubsism feel the need to stay ahead of the curve on Haas-related humor, because once anybody discovers Isaac Haas, they immediately make light of his resemblance to a gargantuan version of Ivan Drago from “Rocky IV.” We were on that three years ago along with some other things we noticed when we made Haas our first triple Sports Doppelganger.
The reason why we need to keep things fresh is that once this tournament starts, the world outside of B1G Ten nation is going to discover “Hoss” Haas. And while they are making yet more “Ivan Drago” gags, we will be cooking up new material faster than Hop Sing.
On that note, we’ve decided to try something else new to this year’s bracket challenge. We’ve been noticing over the past few years that most people filling out a bracket tend to follow the same few simple approaches. We really can’t surprised by that after we broke down some common myths about filling out a college basketball bracket. That’s why we decided to change our scoring system to encourage some different thinking.
For the basics, each participant in this year’s Bracket Challenge will receive:
That pretty straight-forward stuff. But here’s where the twist lies. This year, we’re introducing a “Seed Multiplier.” In short, it’s about encouraging picking upsets in the opening rounds and taking more flyers on “Cinderellas” into the later rounds. Each winning team gets it seed multiplied by the round of the victory. For example, a #1 seed beating a #16 in the first round doesn’t offer any bonus multiplier points because that’s the safes, easiest bet. Conversely, taking the #16 seed over the #1 seed would net 16 bonus points on a winner; the value (16) for the seeding multiplied by the the value (1) for the first round.
Granted, we don’t think this is going to illicit a lot of “#16 over #1” picks, but it certainly is going to make the “upset zone” of #4-#13, #5-#12, and #6-#11 a hell of a lot more interesting. A player hitting two upsets in that region of the bracket would find themselves with a large early lead. Every year, there’s a “Cinderella;” a team seeded #8 or lower that make run into if not through second weekend. Twice in recent history a #11 has made the Final Four, so we thought it was high time to encourage more straight-up “gambling.”
That brings us to our next twist. So that we don’t have people just picking straight underdogs trying to win on mid-round “Seed Multiplier” points, we’ve also included a “Final Four Bonus.” Simply put, any player who correctly predicts all the teams advancing to the Final Four will receive 25 bonus points.
To get your spot in our new “points” Ponderosa, just go to http://www.pooltracker.com/join.asp?poolid=144842 and do the usual sign-up thing (you don’t need a password as we are truly all-inclusive). Not only are we here at Dubsism completely welcoming, we’re also overly sporting, which in this case means giving you a sneak-peek at the bracket you have to beat if you want to be able to say you took down the most interesting independent sports blogger on the web. That will be coming after the brackets is officially released on selection Sunday.
As you are reading this, understand my history of picking the tournament champion. I’ve been filling out brackets since this tournament became a 64-team format; I’ve hit the champion pick twice. That means I’ve got it right twice in over three decades. That also means I should be easy to beat.
The thing is you’ll never know if you can beat me if you don’t enter.