Posts Tagged ‘NCAA’

March Madness Recap: The Quest To Beat My Wife

April 3, 2012

So now that the NCAA Tournament is over, I’m sure some are wondering who prevailed in the bet between my wife and I.  The terms were simple: Winner picks the location of our next dinner date.  Would I find myself repeating last year’s win or would I be wearing a shirt with buttons in a “grown-up restaurant?” Let’s find out.

Because the tournament’s round of 64 games are only worth 10 points, neither of us was able to establish any kind of dominant lead.  When all 32 games had finished, I found myself with a mere one game advantage over my wife.  However, I easily took the biggest first round blow as Missouri (one of my final four picks) was eliminated. Score after Round of 64: James 220 Jackie 210.

The next round gave me a little more breathing room as I was able to correctly pick four more games correctly than Jackie.  And on top of that, she also lost one of her final four (Florida St.).   It’s safe to say I started to feel like I had this one in the bag.  Score after Round of 32: James 420 Jackie 330

I managed to open up even more of a lead in the Sweet 16 round, correctly guessing six of the eight games.  Jackie, on the other hand, only picked half the games correctly and lost another of her final four (Michigan St.).  Score after Sweet 16: James 660 Jackie 490

As the Elite 8 round began, I was fairly sure I would wrap it up here.  I was easily one or two key wins away from making it mathematically impossible for Jackie to win.  Unfortunately for me this round saw me taking the most brutal hits of the whole tournament.  With Syracuse’s defeat, I lost not only one of my final four but also one of picks for the championship game.  Jackie was able to keep pace with me through the round and match the 160 points I put up.  Though I came out of the Elite 8 maintaining my 170 point lead, Jackie was going into the Final Four with both of her championship teams alive.  It was time to start worrying. Score after Elite 8: James 820 Jackie 650

As the Final Four began, it became very clear what I needed to happen.  A Kansas loss would end it all and give me the win.  But just like Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan St; the Big 10 just couldn’t get it done.  Ohio State fell to the Jayhawks and gave Jackie a perfect 320 point round.  I was able to get one game right and found myself heading into the championship with the same lead I had after the first round.  I knew I was done for.  Score after Final Four: James 980 Jackie 970

After 62 games, our brackets came down to the championship.  And seeing as we all already know that Kentucky won, the question is “Who picked them?”  The answer can be simply put in two words:

I did! (Final Score: James 1300 Jackie 970)

 Dave & Buster’s here we come!!! (Pictures coming soon)

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March Madness: The Rematch

March 14, 2012

For those of you who didn’t read my last March Madness post, last year my wife, Jackie, and I placed a little bet on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The winner was given the option of choosing the location for our next dinner date.

In case you didn’t know, my wife and I differ greatly when it comes to our opinions on what constitutes a good dining experience. Jackie prefers places with good food. You know, the kind of place where your drink is in a glass made of glass and the napkins aren’t made of paper (Weird, huh?). I, on the other hand, am a slave to the almighty chain restaurants. I’ve gotten a little better in the last couple of years, but most of what I eat is pretty basic. My food palette just hasn’t really advanced much since 3rd grade.

So I’m sure you’re wondering who won last year. Well, when the smoked cleared, I alone danced the victory dance and merrily trotted with my reluctant wife to the majestic splendor that was Old Country Buffet.

But now it’s 2012, I’m looking to defend my title and Jackie is looking for redemption. Both of us did our part by not paying any attention to college basketball until last Sunday, so let’s see what happens.

Here is Jackie’s bracket (click image to enlarge)

Here is my bracket (click image to enlarge)


Not sure where we’ll go this year if I win, but it’s been months since I’ve been to Red Robin.

March Madness: To The Victor Go The Spoils

April 4, 2011

As you may have seen from a previous post, my wife and I filled out our NCAA brackets and decided to let the person with the higher score pick the location of our next dinner date.  In case you haven’t been following the epic saga that has been the “James Vs. Jackie NCAA Extravaganza,” let me give you a round by round rundown.

The round of 64 saw me taking some huge hits.  Most notably, UCLA took out Michigan St. and subsequently rid my bracket of one of my Final Four.  When combined with some other truly idiotic picks, I found myself 50 points behind the love of my life.  Did Jackie gloat, you ask?  Of course, she did.  But, with a 50 point lead and all of her Final Four still alive, she had every right to.

The round of 32 found the college basketball gods taking a little mercy on me.  In the end, both of us correctly picked seven of the Sweet Sixteen.  But it was the Butler over Pittsburgh upset that wiped out Jackie’s pick for the national champion and breathed new life into my bracket.  Total score after the round of 32:  Jackie 400, James 350.

The sweet sixteen round turned into something of a turning point for me, as it was the first round where I actually scored higher than Jackie.  Although I correctly picked four of the Elite 8, Jackie was still able to pick three, which still left me trailing by a mere ten points.  Total score after the Sweet Sixteen round:  Jackie 520, James 510.

Going into the Elite 8 round, I honestly thought I was a shoe-in to win.  After all, at this point it was impossible for Jackie to score any more points.  I, on the other hand, still had potential to score on the three of the four games in the round; all I had to do was win one. 

I needed Kansas to win.  They lost.  I needed North Carolina to win.  They lost.  And I needed Connecticut to win.  They………………They Won!?!  They Won!!!  Holy fuck they won!!!  I won the tournament!!!

That’s right.  Having correctly picked a whopping one out of the Final Four and incorrectly picking both of the teams in the championship, I was still able to win.  Final Score:  James 590, Jackie 510

And we all know what that means:

What’s the saying, again?  Ah, yes.  The thrill of victory…..

…And the agony of defeat.

So good luck to whoever is in the championship.  I don’t really care anymore.