The NCAA tournament is here and that means it is bracket time. There's always that joke about how some person that knows nothing about college basketball ends up with a better bracket than someone who spends 3 days analyzing free throw percentages and assist to turnover ratios for every team.
Well, this year, I am putting that theory to the test. I have not watched a single college basketball game this season. In fact, the only time I even peeked at any game was if I was changing channels and I found a 3 point game with less than one minute left in regulation. I estimate I have watched maybe 6 minutes of college hoops action. The only thing I know was that Cal got screwed in the UCLA game and North Carolina is supposed to be pretty good. I don't even know all the teams this year. Who the heck is Drake and how are they a 5 seed?
Loyal readers will recognize this from the Mad Cal archives:
Rule No. 1. Never pick a school with 'State' in its name when the school name is not a state.
Rule No. 2: Closely related to rule 1, do not pick any team that has a directional word before a state name when the directional word is not part of the actual state name.
This year, the only rule is there are no rules. I am picking a non-state State school (Kent State was the only realistic option). I am even picking 2 directional schools (Western Kentucky and Southern Alabama).
I am picking UCLA as the big winner for 3 reasons.
1. Pac 10 pride. (Note: Pac 10 pride does not cover Stanford.)
2. If you rearrange the letters, you can get U-CAL. And I am indeed Cal. So it's like cheering for myself.
3. The school has produced some super amazing girls.