The Big Dance: Eight Is Enough!

SassafrasContributor IMarch 29, 2010

HOUSTON - MARCH 28: Brian Zoubek #55 of the Duke Dlue Devils (L) battles for a rebound with teammate Lance Thomas #42 and Ekpe Udoh #13 of the Baylor Bears during the south regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium on March 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Duke defeated Baylor 78-71. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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"Sweet Sixteen, all dressed up, and nowhere to go!"  Though I can't be certain, that is exactly how I imagine Syracuse felt after the Sweet Sixteen round was over.  Who could have expected that both Kansas and Syracuse would fail to make it to the Elite Eight?  Not me, for one!  The losses by those two teams pretty much runined my ONE bracket!  In fact, I was told today that I'm in "next to last place."  :-/   On the flip side, Kentucky, Baylor, and West Virginia all advanced to the Elite Eight, so I guess that was my consolation prize for completeing a bracket and entering it into the pool competition. 

After all the bruhaha, stress, and disappointments, I can say, "Eight is Enough!"  West Virginia (on my Rivals bracket) was the ONLY team on any of my brackets that made it past the Elite Eight into the Final Four! :(  The loss by Baylor really ended it for me on my ONE bracket!  In my Rivals/Yahoo pool I'm 38/60, and in my ESPN pool, I have 660 pts (?) with an 82.6%.  Obviously, at this point there isn't any way that I will win any of the pools.  I'm thoroughly peeved, to put it mildly.  I'm honestly debating whether or not I will see this thru and watch the championship game!   Decisions, decisions!  What's a girl to do? However, for such a novice as myself, I think I've made a valiant effort to learn about the sport of basketball.

In conclusion, the clock is fast approaching the stroke of midnight.  As I watch the dance before me, I can't help but wonder which team will be dancing in celebration when the clock strikes twelve.  I will update this blog after the Championship Game.  It is so unpredictable, at this juncture, to even say "WHO" will win the tournament.  In my naivete female psyche, I'm hoping *cross fingers* that Butler or Michigan State will come out on tops, primarily because they are both 5 seeds, whereas WV is a number 2 seed, and Duke is a number 1 seed.  I'm forever cheering for the underdog!