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Final Four Thoughts

Posted by Irregaahhdless

At this point, I don’t remember if I picked Butler (a 12 seed at the time) to beat Florida in the 2000 NCAA Tournament. I just remember — as happens to me often, regardless of what my bracket picks are — that I wanted the Bulldogs to win. (I do enjoy myself some upsets.) And when Florida’s Mike Miller missed being called for a charge by thismuch and hit a game-winner to thwart a game effort by Butler, 69-68, I remember swearing at the TV. A couple of times. The undersized and undermanned Bulldogs had played just about the perfect game. And the reward for that? The same trip home what the No. 16 seed that loses by 35 gets. Something was wrong with that.

I won’t say that I was hooked on Butler at that point — or, for that matter, that I’m hooked now — but the Bulldogs definitely fit in that “Oh, they’re back in the tourney? Yeah, I hope they win” team for me. Year after year. I mean, we all have teams like that, don’t we? A crew from whom you can barely name anyone of significance from the past decade, yet when they win a big game in the tourney, they get a little something extra on the fist pump. I just sorta liked ’em a little bit more than the standard root-for-the-underdog crew. Something about that loss 10 years ago made me want something big for them — like that would somehow make the “injustice” from 2000 all OK.

Well, you can’t get much bigger than playing for the national championship, which the Bulldogs will do Monday night. (Seriously, Butler is playing for the NATIONAL FUCKING CHAMPIONSHIP. Everyone can come out and say, “This is a Top 10 team in the preseason polls.” And that’s totally accurate. But, you know, still, this is Butler. And this is the national championship game. If you don’t think that’s kinda awesome, stop watching sports.)

So, it’s safe to say that no matter what happens Monday night, Butler, the NCAA Tournament gods and I are all cool now. (And, by the way, props to Butler head coach Brad Stevens for recently receiving his driver’s license. I’m sure that was a big day for him.) That damn-we-shoulda-won-it game in 2000 is well in the rearview mirror now. And I’ll bet that the guys who suffered the heartbreak on that day — who, for all intents and purposes, have as pretty big hand in what’s gone on this season — are enjoying this tourney run almost as much as the guys who are taking the court.  And they should.

Well done, Bulldogs. One more to go. Now, if you wouldn’t mind beating Duke by, like, 87, that’d be perfect. Thanks.

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Preseason Picks — Revisited

Posted by SuckaFish

Before the NFL season started we predicted which teams would win each division, make the playoffs, make the championship games, make the Super Bowl, and win the Shttps://swagless.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpuper Bowl. The competitors were SuckaFish, Irregaahhdless, KilgoreTroutIII, and two guys I haven’t even heard of (Slothtastic, who may be a local television star, and LJizzle, who might play hockey in a mediocre fashion). Here are the results.

SuckaFish Irregaahhdless KilgoreTroutIII Slothtastic LJizzle
NFC Division Champs 2-2 1-3 1-3 3-1 2-2
NFC Playoff Teams 5-1 4-2 3-3 4-2 4-2
AFC Division Champs 3-1 2-2 3-1 3-1 2-2
AFC Playoff Teams 4-2 3-3 4-2 3-3 4-2
Overall Playoff Teams 9-3 7-5 7-5 7-5 8-4

Inside the Numbers

SuckaFish
Best Pick: Predicting 5 out of 6 NFC playoff teams
Worst Pick: Seattle winning the NFC West (It’s not that bad, they only finished five games back)
Still Alive: All four championship teams and both Super Bowl teams

Irregaahhdless
Best Pick: New Orleans versus Green Bay in the NFC Championship game. These teams look pretty damn solid right now.
Worst Pick: Tennessee winning the AFC South, Houston as a Wild Card team. That means he had Houston the Colts 14-2 out of the playoffs.
Still Alive: All four championship teams and both Super Bowl teams.

KilgoreTroutIII
Best Pick: Hard to find one, I guess it was going 4-2 on the AFC playoff teams.
Worst Pick: How about the Giants over the Bears in the NFC Championship game. It would be a good choice if either team had a winning record.
Still Alive: Only one team in either championship game and one in the Super Bowl.

Slothtastic
Best Pick: Nailing six of the eight playoff teams
Worst Pick: Having the two teams he missed, Pittsburgh and the Giants, playing in the Super Bowl.
Still Alive: Two of the four teams in the championship games, neither team in the Super Bowl.

LJizzle
Best Pick: Getting the second-highest amount of playoff teams, eight, out of the group.
Worst Pick: His horrible homer pick of the Giants in the Super Bowl.
Still Alive: Three out of four in the championship games and one Super Bowl team.

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Playoffs! Don’t Talk About Playoffs!

Posted by SuckaFish

Cowboys tonight, Patriots tomorrow. We at the SWAGLESS Network are fired up for the playoffs. Even one of the Swaglettes is channeling Jim Mora.

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Yankees “Win” Seems Familiar

Posted by SuckaFish

The Yankees are playing at home in the postseason and get an 11-inning win thanks to a horrific call by a veteran umpire.

Where have I heard this before?

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SWAGLESS Roadtrip

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We’re in Austin for tomorrow’s Texas/Colorado game. Follow the tailgate, the game, and anything else via Twitter @SWAGLESSNetwork.

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Da’Rel Scott Done for the Year

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The win over Clemson came at a huge cost. Maryland’s All-ACC running back Da’Rel Scott broke his forearm and is done for the year.

Davin Meggett will now be the feature back. Freshman Gary Douglas, who played in multiple series yesterday, should get significant time. And I think Morgan Green is still alive.

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Cowboys vs. Broncos: Gameday Cheat Sheet

Posted by SuckaFish

The Cowboys play the Broncos in Denver at 4:15 ET, DirecTV channel 714. Here’s everything you need to read before kickoff.

Barber will play, but not much (Matt Mosely)

What did Wade learn from his first head coaching job? (ESPNDallas.com)

Read the full post at Surrounded by ‘Skins.

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