Brad-ketology: February 23rd Edition

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  The italicized teams are ones predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  You will notice that some of these squads are also listed in the NIT bracket.  The reason for this is two-fold.  First and foremost, it shows how close those teams are to getting at-large bids in the NCAA tournament field.  Secondly, it shows where those squads would be seeded if in fact they lost in their conference tournament and garnered an automatic bid to the NIT.

Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season and then seed the teams based on that.  There is one slight exception to this rule, however, and that is that I have always chosen to award the projected automatic bid for each conference to my projected best team in that conference, and not the team who is currently leading the conference standings.   Given how unbalanced conference schedules are, it just seems like common sense to project that the best team in a conference will win the league championship, not the squad currently in first place.

Brad-ketology columns will be published at least twice a week (typically on Mondays and Fridays).  This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Thursday February 22nd.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier,

2-seeds: Purdue, Auburn, Duke, North Carolina

3-seeds: Michigan State, Arizona, Cincinnati, Rhode Island

4-seeds: Tennessee, Clemson, Texas Tech, West Virginia

5-seeds: Wichita State, Oklahoma, Texas A & M, Seton Hall

6-seeds: Kentucky, Ohio State, Nevada, TCU

7-seeds: Arizona State, Butler, Michigan, Houston

8-seeds: Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Creighton

9-seeds: Florida State, Gonzaga, Providence, Miami-FL

10-seeds: Saint Mary’s, Southern California, St. Bonaventure, Texas

11-seeds: NC State, Virginia Tech, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Temple

12-seeds: Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, Loyola-IL, UL-Lafayette

13-seeds: South Dakota State, Buffalo, Vermont, Murray State

14-seeds: East Tennessee State, College of Charleston, Rider, Bucknell

15-seeds: UC Santa Barbara, Wright State, Montana, UNC-Asheville

16-seeds: Wagner, Penn, Nicholls State, Florida Gulf Coast, Savannah State, Southern

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Baylor, Kansas State, Florida, Marquette

2-seeds: Syracuse, Louisville, Mississippi State, Middle Tennessee

3-seeds: Boise State, Western Kentucky, LSU, Nebraska

4-seeds: Georgia, Maryland, New Mexico State, Loyola-IL

5-seeds: UL-Lafayette, South Dakota State, Buffalo, Vermont

6-seeds: South Carolina, Notre Dame, UCF, Oregon

7-seeds: Stanford, Colorado, Murray State, East Tennessee State

8-seeds: College of Charleston, Rider, Penn State, Oklahoma State

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: Boston College, Tulsa, SMU, Bucknell, Brigham Young

Advertisements

Brad-ketology: February 19th Edition

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  The italicized teams are ones predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  You will notice that some of these squads are also listed in the NIT bracket.  The reason for this is two-fold.  First and foremost, it shows how close those teams are to getting at-large bids in the NCAA tournament field.  Secondly, it shows where those squads would be seeded if in fact they lost in their conference tournament and garnered an automatic bid to the NIT.

Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season and then seed the teams based on that.  There is one slight exception to this rule, however, and that is that I have always chosen to award the projected automatic bid for each conference to my projected best team in that conference, and not the team who is currently leading the conference standings.   Given how unbalanced conference schedules are, it just seems like common sense to project that the best team in a conference will win the league championship, not the squad currently in first place.

Brad-ketology columns will be published at least twice a week (typically on Mondays and Fridays).  This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Sunday February 18th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Virginia, Villanova, Kansas, Xavier,

2-seeds: Purdue, Auburn, Duke, North Carolina

3-seeds: Michigan State, Texas Tech, Clemson, Arizona

4-seeds: Cincinnati, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia

5-seeds: Oklahoma, Texas A & M, Missouri, Wichita State

6-seeds: Seton Hall, Nevada, Kentucky, Arizona State

7-seeds: Ohio State, Houston, Creighton, Arkansas

8-seeds: Alabama, Providence, Butler, TCU

9-seeds: Michigan, Florida State, Gonzaga, Miami-FL

10-seeds: Saint Mary’s, Texas, Washington, UCLA

11-seeds: Louisville, Southern California, St. Bonaventure, Florida, NC State, Baylor

12-seeds: Middle Tennessee, Buffalo, New Mexico State, Loyola-IL

13-seeds: UL-Lafayette, South Dakota State, Vermont, East Tennessee State

14-seeds: Belmont, Rider, College of Charleston, Bucknell

15-seeds: UC Santa Barbara, Wright State, Montana, UNC-Asheville

16-seeds: Wagner, Penn, Nicholls State, Florida Gulf Coast, Savannah State, Prairie View A & M

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Temple, Syracuse, Marquette, Virginia Tech

2-seeds: Utah, Kansas State, Georgia, Middle Tennessee

3-seeds: Boise State, Western Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State

4-seeds: Nebraska, Maryland, Notre Dame, Buffalo

5-seeds: New Mexico State, Loyola-IL, UL-Lafayette, South Dakota State

6-seeds: UCF, South Carolina, Colorado, Boston College

7-seeds: Oregon, Penn State, Vermont, East Tennessee State

8-seeds: Belmont, Rider, UL-Lafayette, College of Charleston, Oklahoma State

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: SMU, Iowa State, Tulsa, Bucknell, Stanford, Brigham Young

Worst Sports Moments of My Life

Worst Sports Moments of Life
1 Christian Laettner hits buzzer beater to beat Kentucky in Elite 8 (1992)
2 West Virginia beats Wake Forest in 2nd Round of NCAA Tourney (2005)
3 Refs screw Arizona State out of Rose Bowl and National Title (1997)
4 Tom Watson loses British Open heartbreaker (2009)
5 California Chrome loses Belmont Stakes (2014)
6 Undefeated New England Patriots lose to NY Giants in Super Bowl (2008)
7 Kenny Perry chokes away Masters on final two holes (2009)
8 Kentucky loses national title game to Arizona (1997)
9 Cleveland State upsets Wake Forest Bball in NCAA 1st Round (2009)
10 Black Friday of College Football (2010): Cam Newton/Boise choke
11 Duke beats Butler in NCAA Basketball title game (2010)
12 North Carolina bball wins NCAA Basketball title game (2017)
13 Wisconsin beats undefeated Kentucky in Final Four (2015)
14 Uconn beats Butler in NCAA Basketball title game (2011)
15 Uconn beats Kentucky in NCAA Basketball title game (2014)
16 Tim Henman loses Wimbledon semi to Goran Ivansevic (2001)
17 Smarty Jones loses Triple Crown (2004)
18 Ohio State selected for first CFP Playoff and then wins it (2014-2015)
19 Clemson beats Alabama in College Football National Title Game (2017)
20 Green Bay Packers beat New England Patriots in Super Bowl (1997)
21 New York Giants beat New England in Super Bowl…Again (2008)
22 Real Quiet loses Triple Crown in photo finish (1998)
23 Cubs and Red Soxs both blow away championship series (20003
24 Arizona Cardinals lose heartbreaker to Pittsburgh Steelers in SB (2009)
25 Texas Rangers choke away World Series to St. Louis Cardinals (2011)

Brad-ketology: February 16th Edition

The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  The italicized teams are ones predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  You will notice that some of these squads are also listed in the NIT bracket.  The reason for this is two-fold.  First and foremost, it shows how close those teams are to getting at-large bids in the NCAA tournament field.  Secondly, it shows where those squads would be seeded if in fact they lost in their conference tournament and garnered an automatic bid to the NIT.

Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season and then seed the teams based on that.  There is one slight exception to this rule, however, and that is that I have always chosen to award the projected automatic bid for each conference to my projected best team in that conference, and not the team who is currently leading the conference standings.   Given how unbalanced conference schedules are, it just seems like common sense to project that the best team in a conference will win the league championship, not the squad currently in first place.

Brad-ketology columns will be published at least twice a week (typically on Mondays and Fridays).  This bracket projection has been updated through all games played on Thursay February 15th.

NCAA Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Virginia, Xavier, Villanova, Auburn

2-seeds: Kansas, Purdue, Duke, North Carolina

3-seeds: Clemson, Texas Tech, Michigan State, Tennessee

4-seeds: Cincinnati, ArizonaRhode Island, West Virginia

5-seeds: Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas A & M, Ohio State

6-seeds: Seton Hall, Creighton, Nevada, Kentucky

7-seeds: Arizona State, Miami, FL, Arkansas Providence

8-seeds: Wichita State, Alabama, Gonzaga, Butler

9-seeds: TCU, Houston, Florida State, Michigan

10-seeds: Louisville, Florida, Washington, Saint Mary’s

11-seeds: Texas, UCLA, Southern California, Temple, NC State, Baylor

12-seeds: Middle Tennessee, Buffalo, New Mexico State, Loyola-IL

13-seeds: South Dakota State, Vermont,  Belmont, East Tennessee State

14-seeds: Rider, UL-Lafayette, College of Charleston, UC Santa Barbara

15-seeds: Bucknell, Montana, Northern Kentucky, UNC-Asheville

16-seeds: Florida Gulf Coast, Penn, Nicholls State, Savannah State, Grambling

NIT Tourney Field:

1-seeds: Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, Virginia Tech, Utah

2-seeds: Middle Tennessee, Marquette, Kansas State, Nebraska

3-seeds: Georgia, Western Kentucky, Mississippi State, Boston College

4-seeds: Boise State, Buffalo, New Mexico State, Loyola-IL

5-seeds: South Dakota State, Notre Dame, Colorado, LSU

6-seeds: Maryland, Vermont, UCF, Oregon

7-seeds: Penn State, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, SMU

8-seeds: Belmont, East Tennessee State, Rider, UL-Lafayette

Ranking of Other Postseason Contenders: College of Charleston, South Carolina, Brigham Young, Tulsa, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, Northwestern

Best Sports Moments of My Life

The beginning of the year is always a time for reflection so here’s my list of favorite sporting moments of all-time.  List of worst moments is soon to follow.

Greatest Sports Moments of Life
1 Wake wins ACC Football Championship (2006)
2 Kentucky wins NCAA Basketball Title (1996)
3 Andy Murray wins Wimbledon (2013)
4 New England Patriots win first Super Bowl (2002)
5 American Pharoah wins horse racing triple crown (2015)
6 Chicago Bulls win 6th NBA Championship (1998)
7 New England Patriots beat Falcons in epic Super Bowl comeback (2017)
8 South Carolina basketball upsets Florida to make first-ever Final Four (2017)
9 Kentucky wins NCAA Basketball Title (1998)
10 Norfolk State and Lehigh pull off simultaneous upsets (2012)
11 Andy Murray wins Olympic gold (2012)
12 South Carolina wins first NCAA Baseball Championhip (2010)
13 Wake Forest upsets Texas in NCAA Tournament (2010)
14 South Carolina football beats Alabama (2010)
15 New England Patriots win first Super Bowl in 10 years over Seahawks (2015)
16 Andy Murray wins 2nd Wimbledon (2016)
17 Kentucky wins NCAA Basketball Title (2012)
18 Andy Murray wins U.S. Open (2012)
19 Kentucky football ends drought against Tennessee (2011)
20 Boise State upsets Oklahoma in Fiesta Bowl (2007)
21 George Mason upsets Connecticut in Elite 8 of NCAA Tournament (2006)
22 15-seeded Hampton beats Iowa State in the first round of the NCAA tourney (2001)
23 Stanford pulls off biggest upset in college football history over Southern Cal (2007)
24 Florida Gulf Coast becomes first 15 seed to make Sweet 16 (2013)
25 Webb Simpson wins golf U.S. Open (2012)

Biggest Moments of Each Olympics

Every Olympics, no matter if its Summer or Winter, there is always one or two moments, stories, or events that leave an indelible mark on us as sports fans.  While many of the events and sports blend together from year to year there is at least one “Olympic” moment that reminds us why we all love this sporting event so much.  Here is a listing of those moments from the 1960 Olympics onward.  Feel free to disagree and dicuss.

Year Olympics Moment
1960 Winter (Squaw Valley, California) U.S. wins first ever gold medal in Olympic hockey
1960 Summer (Rome, Italy) Cassius Clay wins olympic gold in light heavyweight boxing
1964 Winter (Innsbruck, Austria) Terry McDermott wins first speed skating gold for U.S. in 12 years
1964 Summer (Tokyo, Japan) Billy Mills becomes only American ever to win 10,000 meter race
1968 Winter (Grenoble, France) Peggy Fleming wins U.S. women’s figure skating gold
1968 Summer (Mexico City, Mexico) Bob Beamon flies to world record 29 foot gold medal jump in the long jump
1972 Winter (Sapporo, Japan) Japan wins first-ever olympic winter medals in front of home crown in ski jumping
1972 Summer (Munich, Germany) United States gets screwed out of olympic basketball gold by USSR
1976 Winter (Innsbruck, Austria) Dorothy Hamill wins women’s figure skating olympic gold
1976 Summer (Montreal, Canada) Nadia Comaneci gets first perfect 10 en route to women’s gymnastics gold
1980 Winter (Lake Placid, NY) Miracle on Ice: U.S. Men’s Hockey Team wins gold medal
1980 Summer (Moscow, Soviet Union) Allan Wells wins first British 100 meter gold since 1924
1984 Winter (Sarajevo, Yugoslavia) Scott Hamilton wins men’s figure skating olympic gold
1984 Summer (Los Angeles, CA) Carl Lewis makes olympic debut and wins four gold medals
1988 Winter (Calgary, Canada) Bonnie Blair makes olympic debute and wins speed skating gold
1988 Summer (Seoul, South Korea) Roy Jones Jr. gets screwed out of olympic boxing gold
1992 Winter (Albertville, France) Kristi Yamaguchi wins women’s figure skating gold
1992 Summer (Barcelona, Spain) The Dream Team wins U.S. men’s basketball gold
1994 Winter (Lilehammer, Norway) Nancy Kerrigan vs. Tonya Harding saga
1996 Summer (Atlanta, GA) Kerri Strug lands vault on one foot to win team gold for U.S. gymnastics
1998 Winter (Nagano, Japan) Hermann Maier wrecks in downhill but comes back to win two gold medals
2000 Summer (Sydney, Australia) Rulon Gardner wins shocking greco-roman wrestling gold medal with incredible upset
2002 Winter (Salt Lake City, UT) Sarah Hughes wins shocking gold in women’s figure skating
2004 Summer (Athens, Greece) U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball team falters to bronze medal
2006 Winter (Torino, Italy) Shaun White dominates olympic snowboarding half pipe en route to his first gold
2008 Summer (Beijing, China) Michael Phelps sets record for 8 gold medals in one olympics
2010 Winter (Vancouver, Canada) Lindsey Vonn wins first U.S. gold in women’s downhill
2012 Summer (London, England) Andy Murray wins first British tennis gold medal at Wimbledon
2014 Winter (Sochi, Russia) Canada women’s hockey completes shocking comeback over U.S. in gold medal game
2016 Summer (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) Michael Phelps wins 5 golds in Olympic swan song
2018 Winter (Pyeongchang, South Korea) Chris Mazdzer wins first-ever U.S. olympic men’s singles luge medal

Ranking of Super Bowl Halftime Shows

After getting in a Facebook debate regarding just how wretched the Justin Timberlake Super Bowl halftime show was this year, I decided to review all 52 of the Super Bowl halftime shows and rank them from best to worst.  The best I can tell is that there is not another list this comprehensive on the web anywhere.  Several websites rank the modern concert-type shows (post 1991), but I couldn’t find any that rank all 52.  If you scroll down my blog a few days, you will see that I recently ranked all 52 Super Bowl games as well, and ironically, the worst halftime show on this list corresponded with the worst game on that list.  It took a little work to find some clips of the other older shows on You Tube, and it is hard to compare the old marching band shows to the current live concerts but here’s what I came up with.  Feel free to comment or debate.

Greatest Super Bowl Halftimes in NFL History
1 Super Bowl XXVII- Michael Jackson
2 Super Bowl XLII- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
3 Super Bowl XLIX- Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott
4 Super Bowl XXXVI- U2 (9/11 Tribute)
5 Super Bowl XXXIX- Paul McCartney
6 Super Bowl XXXVIII- Jessica Simpson, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock
7 Super Bowl XLVI- Madonna. LMFAO, Nicky Minaj, Cee Lo Green
8 Super Bowl XLI- Lady Gaga
9 Super Bowl 50- Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars
10 Super Bowl XLIII- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
11 Super Bowl XLI- Prince, FAMU Marching Band
12 Super Bowl XXXIV- Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
13 Super Bowl XLIV- The Who
14 Super Bowl XL- The Rolling Stones
15 Super Bowl XXII- Chubby Checker, The Rockettes (Something Grand)
16 Super Bowl XXIV- Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw (Salute to New Orleans)
17 Super Bowl XVI- Up With People (Salute to the 1960s and Motown)
18 Super Bowl XXXVII- Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
19 Super Bowl XXXI- Blues Brothers and ZZ Top
20 Super Bowl I- University of Arizona and Grambling Marching Bands
21 Super Bowl VI- Ella Fitzgerald “Mack the Knife” (Salute to Louis Armstrong)
22 Super Bowl XVII- LA Drill Team (Kaleido superscope)
23 Super Bowl VII- Michigan Marching Band “This Land Is Your Land”
24 Super Bowl IV- Southern Marching Band “When Saints Go Marching In” (Mardi Gras)
25 Super Bowl III- Florida A & M Marching Band (America Thanks)
26 Super Bowl V- Southeast Missouri St. Marching Band with Anita Bryant
27 Super Bowl XXI- Walt Disnery (Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary)
28 Super Bowl XXVI- Gloria Estefan (Salute to the 1992 Winter Olympics)
29 Super Bowl XVIII- Walt Disney (Salute to Superstars of Silver Screen)
30 Super Bowl XXX- Diana Ross
31 Super Bowl XXXII- Boyz II Men, The Temptations, Queen Latifah
32 Super Bowl XXXV- Aerosmith, N’Sync, Brittany Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
33 Super Bowl XLV- The Black Eyed Peas, Usher
34 Super Bowl XV- Southern Marching Band (Mardi Gras Festival)
35 Super Bowl II- Grambling State Marching Band
36 Super Bowl VIII- Texas Marching Band (A Musical America)
37 Super Bowl XII- Apache Band (From Paris to Paris of America)
38 Super Bowl XXXIII- Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder
39 Super Bowl XX- Up with People (Beat of the Future)
40 Super Bowl XLVII- Beyonce, Destiny’s Child
41 Super Bowl X- Up With People (Bicentennial)
42 Super Bowl IX- Grambling State Marching Band (Tribute to Duke Ellington)
43 Super Bowl XIX- Tops In Blue (World of Children’s Dreams)
44 Super Bowl XLVIII- Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
45 Super Bowl XXV- New Kids on the Block (Small World Tribute)
46 Super Bowl XIV- Up With People, Grambling Marching Band (Big Band Era)
47 Super Bowl XXVIII- Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt
48 Super Bowl XLII- Justin Timberlake
49 Super Bowl XIII- Ken Hamilton (Salute to Caribbean)
50 Super Bowl XI- Walt Disney “It’s a Small World”
51 Super Bowl XXIII- Elvis Presto (1950’s Rock and Roll)
52 Super Bowl XXIX- Patti Labelle, Tony Bennett (Indiana Jones)