Computer Geeks and The NCAA Tournament.

Well, one of my favorite weeks is upon us, the first and second round of the NCAA tournament.

Ah, what bliss...

No matter how much college basketball you watch, no matter how much analysis you digest from ESPN ("East-coast" Sports Programming Network), you simply will not get out of the first round without your picks completely devastated and your office pool tournament bracket in the toilet.

Why? Because when people assess a team they're looking at the talent the team contains and that is a major factor, but what wins games in the first and second round is heart... pure and simple.

So the team that really comes to play...is the one that wins, and no expert in the world can make that call as it occurs at the beginning tip.

So, here's my initial ESPN bracket. I'm a big PAC 10 fan and I feel that the ACC and PAC 10 conferences are the best. I gave little respect to the Big East or Conference USA.

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I may still submit another one using a showdown between ACC and Pac-10 teams. I'm telling you now, if Oregon plays the way they did in the Pac 10 tournament - you will all be shocked on their march to the final victory. You all may be shocked when you see a 2 seed in Memphis lose it to number 15 North Texas - certainly a possibility.

Of course my "heart" lies in a team that hasn't exhibited much of it...but boy, are they dangerous. All the Florida people on this forum are going to hear it from me when this match-up goes down.

8. Arizona: It's all in the head and the heart. Lute Olson questioned whether the Cats had toughness after losing big to Oregon. Still, this is the most dangerous team in this bracket if it ever clicks

 

GO CATS !!!

 

 

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I really can't believe I'm dragging up this old blog.

Um...Go Diamondbacks...!!!???!!!

(God knows it's probably not the U of A football team this year)

Anyway while reading this article, I was struck by my own, kinda-sorta, prophetic insight to the man who eventually took the number one draft spot for the Portland Trailblazers - Greg Oden - who is now going to miss the rest of the season for microscopic surgery on his knees.

And you know what? He walked like a 50-year-old man. His posture was screwed up. He had the Fred Sanford walk going. If you saw him from behind and just studied his walk, you would have thought it was a retired player...

I found the article moving. May just be me, the closet (server) sports nut.

Scroll down this blog comments and you'll see a similar comment mentioning his "perceived" age.

My father just visited last week from Big Ten country (Happy Birthday Dad -welcome to the 55 milestone !!!). So now, I may side with Foambrush and GOD (Greg ODen). I mean, you really can't go against GOD, right? Seriously, if any of you guys see the game tonight, you almost expect this person to swat the ball away with a tablet...or something. What a presence

Thats it. No new Myspace hack or helpful computer comment...just blather from yours truly:

-Moi

 

>>>That should be it for sports commentary from me, except when the Phoenix Suns takes it all in the NBA;-)

Ahem.

This blog just refuses to die!!! 

I do not feel obliged to believe that same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect had intended for us to forgo their use.-Galileo Galilei

Well, this should be the last time we see this blog (as a collective sigh of relief is felt across the forum).

Congratulations to all Florida fans (you too, Alive2Dive). 

This was actually one of the more boring years I've ever witnessed for the NCAA tournament, didn't nearly have the last second upset excitements that I've grown to love.

Here's how this bracket ranked out of roughly 3 million entries on ESPN.

PTS: 950    PCT: 58.9    RK: 1209327

I also want to thank everyone for putting up with me and my abnormal attraction to college basketball, I think this blog registered over 400 reads.

That should be it for sports commentary from me, except when the Phoenix Suns takes it all in the NBA;-) 

Oh yeah, and go Rutgers!!! (womens college basketball final tonight). 

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My father just visited last week from Big Ten country (Happy Birthday Dad -welcome to the 55 milestone !!!).

So now, I may side with Foambrush and GOD (Greg ODen).

I mean, you really can't go against GOD, right?

Seriously, if any of you guys see the game tonight, you almost expect this person to swat the ball away with a tablet...or something. What a presence. 

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hey Ashton,

It all comes down to tonight! Hope you got yer hot wings cookin'!!

GO GATORS! Laughing

~A. 

-|- Confucius says: Crowded elevator smells different to midget. -|-

 

 Well, Ashton.  I can't comment on your basketball part, since I'm not much of a fan, but it may happen some day.  What I can comment on is that I have the same exact problem in my edit field.  It's funky a lot of the time and won't backspace or delete, even if I highlight it and backspace or hit the delete key.  

What will work is to highlight the mess I typed, then type in a space or whatever should be in its place.  

It only happens here.  But not all the time.

Okay, me done. 

 

If I was standing on a fish, I'd slip and fall......

Okay, I've got nothing left to live for.

Bracket is busted so bad, that I should be looking for the nearest brown bag. Most of the trash I've talked has not come to fruition...is there an hope left in this last week of the tournament??

Hell yes!!! I'll be dipped in (fill it in) if Florida takes out the last remaining team from my conference of choice - PAC 10 - UCLA.

Gators now have to deal with the most fearsome defense/clock-control methodology ever witnessed in this tournament. 

Play on!!! 

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Who is this Butler person? I'm not watching the games - just hear what the guys at work highlight! Laughing

As for the gut - yeah, it's better but was a painful three days with a clear liquid diet. And what a great weightloss plan! ewwww! Tongue out I take digestive enzymns and probiotics, so my gut was in great shape to handle the .... uh, mess.

~A.

-|- Confucius says: Crowded elevator smells different to midget. -|-

 

Tell me Ms. Dive,

Is it really the salmonella or the very thought of mighty Butler thats makes your bowels run...and run..(and run some more, I've had salmonella), with fear...knowing that your team's season is done tonight?

My bracket(s) are busted..this is way more fun;-) 

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ashton, are you being funny or thin-skinned? Laughing

As for your Golia...er, Gators, swing those rocks well and high, mon ami. So hilarious that you seem to want U of F to lose, but you put them smack-dab in the middle of your brackets. **snickers**

~A.

-|- Confucius says: Crowded elevator smells different to midget. -|-

 

Typical response when ones head is full of Merlot...cocky and willing to beat a man when they're down.

Thats okay, me and Foambrush are currently doing some Latin incantations where the Earth is sundered and Butler/David rises up and swallows the mighty Golia...ahem..Gators, casting them upon the surf-worn rocks that you so dearly love.

 

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hey Hombre - how are your brackets looking...? Wink

~A. 

-|- Confucius says: Crowded elevator smells different to midget. -|-

 

One more thing.

I actually filled out five brackets on ESPN. This one at least has me close to the top 30 percent of all applicants (close to 3 million, I'm somewhere in the 800,000). Where do you see Florida(h) in that one?;-)

http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/entry?entryID=743064

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

>>>...finished an ethics class that spawned some fantastic conversations between the two of us and a bottle of Kendall Jackson Merlot.

I was always more of a Cabernet type of person, Scotch for the really intense discussions.

Ah, ethics, I recently finished a logic class and found that intensely more challenging. My ethics is fairly simple and probably wouldn't last long in in the ethical debate arena, even with the question of "If I had a chance to go back in time, would I kill Hitler as a baby?"

  • Crimes against people: Would you like having it done to yourself. In the case of role reversing with Hitler...no. The Golden Rule is a fine standard to bear.
  • Crimes against property: The above applies nicely.
  • Crimes against yourself: And that's where the murkiness comes in. Simply put, you should be able to do whatever you want as long as the above crimes aren't compromised. However, I've personally testified on numerous cases in my "psyche tech days" for court ordered treatment for those that were a Danger to ThemSelves (DTS). Perhaps a glass of wine there would be apropos.

 

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • This is me gloating over Florida's victory:

!!!FLO-RI-DA-FLO-RI-DA-FLO-RI-DA-FLO-RI-DA-FLO-RI-DA!!! Laughing

  • I've been on a clear-liquid diet since Monday afternoon (touch of salmonella), so the ear reference is not clicking at the moment. I could only imagine: Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ..... he-he.
  • "Sure fire intellect..." was that a pun? lol Well, if Alex or Albert were going to spend time using physical perception to convince blind folks that the building was on fire, nobody is getting out alive. Now, if Alex and Albert were in a butt kicking contest, Alex is clearly going to win. If Albert and Alex were in an arms race, clearly Albert is going to win.
  • Same funkyness here too.

~A.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

>>"... displays of physical prowess and demonstrations of will for public estimation of character."<<

Sad, but true. So many folks look up to professional athletes [who are grossly overpaid, which further establishes your point], who often let us down due to lack of character as evidenced by criminal behavior, adultery, drug use, excessive greed, etc. So.... how, now, shall we define character?

>>"your well pointed out point that that we do what we know."<<

Well my pointed point was that it's become what we do with what we know. Making the most of our knowledge by expressing it through action.

>>"A cataclysmic event could strip us of our knowledge and accomplishments"<<

Yep, as a person living in a hurricane prone area, I frequently consider this possibility. That's why I have a time capsule. he-he

I'm so liking this thread that I'm going to print and share it with my good 'wine-drinking' friend this weekend! Wink She's working on her MBA and last semester finished an ethics class that spawned some fantastic conversations between the two of us and a bottle of Kendall Jackson Merlot. Just wish you could join us!

 ~A.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Let's see if this comment filed is more reactive.

So my principle point is that its only recently in humanities history that we've moved to your well pointed out point that that we do what we know.

Sports just taps into an archaic aspect of our being that respects the way humans still currently interact with, and that is displays of physical prowess and demonstrations of will for public estimation of character.

And more so, it's the root level of behavior that will never cease to define us as a species. A cataclysmic event could strip us of our knowledge and accomplishments of art, but our physical control of events and associated behaviors will most likely remain eternal.

 

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Well I was hoping to get off easy today..apparently not.

  • You're just gloating over Florida's victory, wait till you see what Oregons got.
  • If I was Steven Hawking, I probably wouldn't be spending all that time moribund in a wheelchair thinking about the #2 seed match up against the #15 seed. It's a testament to his strength that he can actually think up the stuff he does w/o using a layman philosopher's favorite word "ear". (Let's see if you can figure that one out;-)
  • I agree with the point (s) made, but what was probably lost in translation or poorly pointed out by moi, is the fundamental character of humanity still lies in physical perception...based on millennia of survival programming. Albert Einstein or Alexander the Great walk into a burning building filled with the blind. Honestly, who do you think has the best chance of convincing the people that the building is on fire? Sure fire intellect or direct action through charisma?
  • For some reason my edit field is becoming funky and it's hard to space or backspace between words w/o using the mouse click, so I'll leave my point there...

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

>>"It's only recently that the world society has migrated to a power hierarchy on what we know rather than what we do. Most of humanities past hierarchy of rule was based on physical prowess, ie: the best hunter, warrior, child bearer, etc."<<

Ash, I have to agree ... and then disagree. While mankind has progressed past the point of Darwin's survival of the fittest, and through the age of enlightenment [though scholars still debate as to the exact period, if any, at which we became enlightened], we have, or will soon, come to embrace the two pronged fork that defines what it is to express human power.

Without this fork, how could renowned physicist Steven Hawking, bound to his wheelchair, unable to write with his own hand or speak with his own voice - teach, and theorize about the universe, black holes, and quantum gravity? Without this fork, would we have electricity, a US Constitution, or even Oprah?

The power hierarchy now is based on the two pronged concept of what we do with what we know. It's not enough to simply be stronger or faster. It's not enough to just be smarter. The most successful actively apply their intelligence to become most successful.

Take football, for example. Do you know how many of those players and coaches watch film and learn the plays of the other teams? Imagine what they must know about staying strong and healthy. The best athletes are students before they're successful athletes.

Hmmm wonder if I should start the Philo-forum. Laughing

~A.

 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Hi Synthetik,

Ashton was kind enough to provide you with your first taste of Philosophy 101.

>>"But WoW if people here would put half as much thought and effort into makeing our school a better place as they do with this whole tournement then my school would be a killer place to learn."<< 

So, in your post above, are you referring to folks on GuG or people in your school? 

~A. 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Purdue beats Florida they may burn down one of the quads, I think Indiana's only real hope is giant killer Butler

It was a sad day for me foambrush. We've had to put up with that type of heartless inconsistency all season....pathetic.

Since Washington State took a bow yesterday in two overtimes, I'm going to call this bracket busted.

So good luck to Purdue today over Florida, I'll be rooting for you. 

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

6-5 Purdue now and the prize for this win? the chance to play Fla when they are looking so crappy against the Jacksons, who play really well considering their age and all the cosmetic surgery they have had

As stated, "this blog is open to constructive criticism".

I'm often asked why the hell do I get into sports, so I have no problem answering this question in a esoteric style.

Most of my friends are all educated in the term of degreed professionals in their respective fields (a lot of psychologists - go figure). Most of our dialogue is philosophical or, at least, intellectually based. So it's an absolute enigma to them as to why I maintain a high interest in sporting events.

The answer is alluded to in the above blog, it's all about heart, and displays of physical sportsmanship through concentration, focus, and will are not often witnessed in our head game society.

It's only recently that the world society has migrated to a power hierarchy on what we know rather than what we do. Most of humanities past hierarchy of rule was based on physical prowess, ie: the best hunter, warrior, child bearer, etc.

Sports, and particularly in a fast paced arena of college basketball, speaks to our instincts rather than our intellect. Those that generally embrace sporting events are probably more attune to their inner animal.

Besides, and this is probably most important, it's fun. We already live in a era where you don't have to look far to be fear-based, concerned, or full or yourself through your awareness of serious events. If we, as a society, were industrious and perpetually concerned with the well-being of humanity as a whole...then we would be no better than the hive-society mentality exhibited by ants, bees, or termites. I praise their industriousnesses, but they don't appear to be having much fun. What purpose in life is that?

I'm having a blast *poking* alive2dive (heh heh, heh heh, you said poking) over her eventual champion Florida, but we already have a rapport where I've been taken to the woodshed on computer related issues, thus our head game is respectful and at least in my mind...humble.

So, I agree, five..ten minutes class time and then improve your head game.

So...you're from "tobacco road"...ehWink

 

 

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

WOW... I live in nc and the whole tournement is a HUGE part of life here. To the point some of my classes have ventured off topic and I have spent 1 1/30  hours listening while people arguee there points on wich NC team is the best. I personally am more of a football person so I try to saty away from these topics. But WoW if people here would put half as much thought and effort into makeing our school a better place as they do with this whole tournement then my school would be a killer place to learn. Sorry this has been on my mind for sometime now.

Dude, you KNOW I do all my best smack-talkin via email... and I think you learned it the hard way. Hahaha

Who's behind did U of F take last night??? Laughing

 ~A. 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

Now, I'm feeling like the Uber Geek here.

Am I truly the only one on this forum that is excited about this sporting event?

Come on, there has got to be some members here that have a strong team affiliation. 

Lets Talk Brackets...Baby!!! 

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thanks, but as usual, I didn't do it.

My station in life here on the GuG is to be a guinea pig...

Small correction on AZ vs. fellow moderator's university who unfortunately drew us in the first round...

Arizona has not owned Purdue with the series split evenly 5/5 and the last win occurring in 2001 and going toward Arizona.

Two out of three ESPN commentators took Purdue to win in the first round...but everyone is talking about the second round match up between Florida and the Cats, go figure.

"A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Oooo, Ashton! Liking the background on this blog.... is it a watercolor or an oil slick? Either way its beautiful.

Wink

~A. 

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

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